The BBC is taking a page from AMC's book and launching a new companion show to follow each episode of the relaunched Top Gear. Called Extra Gear, it will be a 30-minute follow up that promises a more in-depth look at the world's biggest motoring program.

But where AMC's Talking Dead take a more traditional talk show approach to the companion show, it sounds like Extra Gear will dive much further behind the scenes – probably the benefit of having no discernible plot to break down. New presenter Rory Reid will host Extra Gear from TG's studio.

"The Top Gear fans are some of the keenest in the world and with this show I'm giving them a chance to really get a peek behind the curtain," Reid told the Top Gear website. "I'm looking forward to showing them how the show is made and what goes on behind the scenes, giving viewers a different perspective on some of the coolest cars on the planet."

It sounds like a good plan. Not to keep using AMC as an example, but Talking Dead has been a tremendous success following The Walking Dead, bringing in almost 13 million viewers during one late-season episode. With Top Gear's new companion show coming to BBC 3 (TG normally airs in the UK on BBC 2) in the UK and BBC America in the US, it will be interesting to see if the BBC can further harness its motoring juggernaut's impressive viewership figures.

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