Apparently, even with a proven script, replicating the success of the most beloved automotive show on television isn't as easy as it sounds. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian version of Top Gear has been canceled.

After the initial report, host Steve Pizzati sent out a confirmation via Twitter stating the following:

It's true - as of next week, TGA will be on at the special time of not at all. Sorry to the open-minded people that gave it a go and enjoyed!

For those keeping track, Top Gear in the Land of Oz lasted for four seasons spread over two different networks before finally succumbing to poor ratings. There were also six separate presenters used over different time frames, along, of course, with The Stig.

We can't say that we ever really watched the show, but we're sure at least a few Aussies will miss it. Here's hoping the U.S. version of the series finds enough enough homes to avoid the same fate.


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      Kimura
      • 3 Years Ago
      I watched a few episodes of TG AU and the best one was last season where they competed with TG UK, and even that was only decent when the UK guys were on camera. The hosts were bland and so were the segments and I didn't really see any improvement over the course of four seasons. TG US on the other hand continues to improve, and at a very fast rate compared to how long it took TG UK to get good. I've really enjoyed this season. It's got good laughs, good one liners,and some amazing cinematography. Tanner's Review of the GT2 was one of the very best TG (anywhere) reviews. TG US isn't perfect but I like that they're getting into their own groove and not just trying to copy the TG UK formula and hosts, and how the US hosts have their own distinct personalities. I think the show has potential to go big. I just wish they were given a 90 minute time slot and had news segments There will only be one TG UK and I'm ok with that, its nice to have something familiar yet different to watch.
        Joshua K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kimura
        Maybe you watched season 1 or 2, cause I heard those were bad. Season 3 is what I watched and it was pretty entertaining. I saw the first episode of Season 4 and laughed a ton. I think the series was just getting into its groove. Same thing is happening with the US version. Season 2 is a lot better than season 1 but still has more room for improvement. It is harder to get used to the same format/idea if you are so used to the UK version.
      AUTOLEGEND86
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wont miss it. 9/10 episodes were not interesting. Jeremy, James, and Richard are what make the Top Gear formula work. Period.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've watched the Australian version and while it couldn't compare to the UK version, I don't think it was all that bad. At least for me, the simple fact that it was (mostly) about cars, was good enough. Without a doubt, their biggest mistake was having lackluster original presenters that apparently didn't grab enough initial attention, and then swapping them out over the remaining seasons didn't help. I think the only guy they kept throughout the whole thing was the racecar driver and he seemed to be more charismatic than our own Tanner Foust, which doesn't bode well for what will happen to TG:US.
      Eric DirtyRed Bolden
      • 3 Years Ago
      We need more shows on about cars otherwise, they'll put on more mindless TV shows like Maury. I'm sure that most of you would rather watch any type of show that deals with cars before most of the reality, talk, repo, or cooking shows that we are bombarded with now.
        Aldrich
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Eric DirtyRed Bolden
        Maury Povich is still around? I'd have thought he'd long overdosed on coke snorted off of Connie Chung's fraugarten.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another shrimp on the barbie mate. Sorry, I could not resist.
      TOGO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now cancel the US version.
        waetherman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TOGO
        I agree. The US version has gone off the rails. Clarkson, Hammond and May spent years developing "characters" that we actually care about, and they still spend most of the time talking about cars not about themselves, which is of course the point of the show. By contrast the US episodes are more about the personalities than the cars, sometimes entire shows are just documenting their stupid, contrived stunts (American 4x4 Challenge I'm looking at YOU!). I don't care about "the wrecker" "the expert" and "the driver" at this point; they're all just douchey to me. Cancel it and put them out of their misery.
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @waetherman
          Maybe you should let the U.S. develop "characters" for a few years then say something about them. I don't see how it's more about the personalities in the U.S. version versus the UK version, if anything it's the opposite. And the 4x4 challenge was awesome.
          Loren Bennett
          • 3 Years Ago
          @waetherman
          I agree
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @waetherman
          @waetherman By your logic, BBC should have cancelled TGUK before they had "spent years developing "characters"".
      Michael Lukhard
      • 3 Years Ago
      they need to hurry up and cancel the US version of top gear. it is HORRIBLE
        The Angry Intern
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael Lukhard
        Actually, the new season isn't quite as bad as it was last year. The hosts are getting better at just being themselves rather than trying to copy the mannerisms of their UK counterparts.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Angry Intern
          Season 2 is more than just "isn't quite as bad". Season 2 is genuinely entertaining.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael Lukhard
        Why do they need to cancel it? Because you don't like it? Don't watch it then. Some people enjoy it.
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael Lukhard
        Do you suggest everything you don't like be cancelled? The rest of us just change the channel when we don't like what's on.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sad to say I am not surprised. I've watched a few episodes from their last season and I wasn't entertained at all. And I'm afraid TG US is going down the same road.
      Tony
      • 3 Years Ago
      I might be the minority here but I'm starting to like the US version more and more, its gotten better
      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not sure why people are so happy whenever these car shows fail. They might not all be glorious television, but the more automotive shows (that arent about custom pimpin' your ride or dragging off the line) the better imo. It sure beats watching a lot of the crap out there.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        Agreed, the "I don't like a show so it should be canceled" mentality is a bit egocentric. If you don't like it, don't watch it. What's wrong with people that enjoy a show continuing to enjoy that show?
      rsholland
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't blame the Aussies. With the (major-league) UK version being aired in most markets, who would want to watch the (minor league) version? Next go will be the (again, minor league) USA version.
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