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We can thank the writers strike for this...do they really think a car review show can hold a prime time audience? There's no other car talk show on any major network:confused:

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The popular BBC car show "Top Gear" is revving up a U.S. edition.
NBC has ordered a pilot for "Gear," which will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (January 19-27). Casting is under way for hosts. As with the BBC version, it will offer a mix of cars, humor and celebrities.

The pilot will be filmed at a secret location around Los Angeles equipped with a race track and hangar where the show will be filmed in front of a audience.
NBC reality chief Craig Plestis said the network already is getting numerous inquiries from car companies that had heard rumblings about a U.S. remake.
"This is a favorite of all automobile companies as it shows their cars in such a great light," he said."Top Gear," which airs on BBC 2, originally launched in 1977 but has gained wider popularity since its relaunch in 2002.

Among "Gear's" popular segments that will be replicated in the U.S. are races where the hosts have to reach a destination using different modes of transportation, road tests, challenges like converting and refurbishing existing cars into anything from a stretch limo to an amphibian and celebrities racing a midsize car. ("American Idol's" Simon Cowell holds the record for fastest lap time with a Chevrolet Lacetti.) The U.K. show is hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May and also features the Stig, a masked test driver. The U.S. version also will feature a quartet of presenters, including a secret test driver. The BBC originally mulled doing an American version with the original British hosts, but the idea fell through in the summer, mostly over Clarkson's unwillingness to spend extended periods of time away from his family as well as the show's growing ratings success in Britain.

In September 2006, Hammond was seriously injured while taping a test run with a jet-propelled drag-racing car. The episode featuring footage of the crash opened the show's highest-rated season to date, with the season finale drawing BBC 2's biggest ratings in a decade. Australian multicultural broadcaster SBS recently bought the rights to produce a local version of "Top Gear." In addition to the show, the British "Gear" franchise includes a popular companion car-themed Web site as well as Top Gear magazine.
 

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Cool, I always loved that show but wasn't the show already on Discovery channel a few years ago?

There are a few car shows, MTV pimp my ride is something that most people know about. If they have enough humor and celebrities, I could see the show being a modest success.
 
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I hope they have good hosts and good guests. If they can make the show mostly about the personalities instead of the cars I think they can have a success. American Idol is just as much about the judges as it is about the contestants.
 

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Epic fail. Part of the appeal of the show was the hosts and the foreign cars.

If it's made in America, the show will be just advertisements, ads, ads.
 
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Cool, I love the show. But the wikipedia list says that they are getting rid of the audiences and changing the format. It's not top gear!
 

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Great show! It can either go the way of "The office" and become a hit or it can go "Coupling" and get cancelled after 1 show. And it depends if the writer's strike is over by then!
 

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There is no mainstream prime time car show. Remember "Viper"? Knight rider was more about David Hasselhoff than the car and is an exception.
 

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I just hope they don't get Jay Leno or Tim Allen. They are stand up comics and might be snooty because they are famous.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — We've known for quite some time that the hit BBC show Top Gear is coming to America. Producers of the show originally wanted to use the British hosts for the U.S. version, but decided the trans-Atlantic shooting schedule would be too demanding.

In mid-January, NBC announced the U.S. version of Top Gear would air on its network rather than a cable outlet like Speed or ESPN. At the same time, BBC producers were feverishly screening American automotive writers as potential hosts, hoping to give the new show "journalistic credibility."

NBC has since decided to tweak its original plan. Several on-camera automotive journalist candidates received phone calls this week from the BBC stating the network now wanted to take the new Top Gear in more of a "celebrity direction."

An existing NBC relationship with known automotive enthusiast Jay Leno, and the fact that his current Tonight Show contract expires in 2009 could make Leno a front-runner. Actor and Porsche collector Jerry Seinfeld also has a lasting NBC relationship as evidenced by his guest stint on NBC's 30 Rock and heavy rotation of Bee Movie promos that also aired on the network. We wouldn't "bee" surprised to see him in the running as well.
 
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