BBC America is bringing Top Gear to the U.S. again

21 March, 2017, 04:11 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • BBC America is bringing Top Gear to the U.S. again

Top Gear America will be hosted by actor and racing enthusiast William Fichtner - or as we refer to him "that one guy in "Armageddon" and victor of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in 2011" - three-time NHRA Top Fuel Division world champion Antron Brown, and British automotive journalist Tom "Wookie" Ford.

Top Gear America is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC America.

AMERICA announced this week that the network has greenlit a new series called "Top Gear America", a spinoff the extremely popular United Kingdom version shown above.

According to TVLine, BBC America is looking to create a spin-off of the immensely popular BBC series and has ordered eight hour-long episodes. Each week, a new celebrity will compete for the best time on the "Top Gear" studio and track, Speed Vegas. The trio of rally racer Travis Pastrana, auto journalist Rutledge Wood, and comedian Adam Ferrara couldn't match the camaraderie of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May (even though those three had problems that eventually led to their departure from the show).

As for Tom Ford, you should remember him from shows like Fifth Gear and BBC America's Mud, Sweat and Gears.

Prior to this latest version, US versions of "Top Gear" have been hit or miss. By reclaiming the American version of Top Gear, the network will air two versions of the same show by year's end.

Top Gear USA garnered lukewarm reviews and ratings, but survived longer than many people expected, based on previous attempts to import the show. Much like the U.K.'s series original, which also airs on BBC America, "Top Gear America" will look to put its own spin on British pop culture.

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