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Top Gear USA Gets Second Season Greenlight on HISTORY

 
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HISTORY has decided the first season of the U.S. version of Top Gear cut enough mustard to pick up a second. The first 10 episodes of the series pulled in a total of 60 million viewers.

The notoriously cranky Jeremy Clarkson even gives the American show his seal of approval: “Top Gear is our baby so you can understand why Hammond, May and I were anxious about passing it on to the presenters of the US show. We needn’t have worried because Top Gear is clearly in safe hands, even if they do insist on speaking in those stupid accents. Watching an episode from series 1 with Richard and James, we found ourselves in a genuinely heated debate about which of the presenters’ cars was best. We were just three ordinary chaps watching a car show and loving it, which is exactly what Top Gear should be. Bring on series 2.”

We weren't as impressed with the lackluster delivery and contrived stunts. Camp just comes off better with a British accent. Perhaps it's not fair to compare the fledgling cast to the well-greased machine that is the original.

We'll have plenty of opportunity to let it grow on us, now, however, as there will be another set of episodes entering production this spring. Expect them to begin airing in late summer/early fall.



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  1. Thank you!
     
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  2. uugh, I watched 5 minutes of this and it was torture. I don't buy that it's just that Clarkson and crew's humor flies better with English accents. They just have chemistry and are hilarious. Plus it's not targeted to 22 year old males, so you don't feel like you need to be chugging an energy drink to enjoy the show.
     
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  3. I agree. The American Version of Top Gear is bad. I hate Tanner - he's got no personality. Get rid of Tanner, and it might get better. I wish that the American's would go over to England and make fun of their teeth, rain, lack of military, and other sterotypes - then it would be funny.
     
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  4. You get the feeling that the Brits would do this on a Saturday afternoon even if it weren't on television.
    The American version is trying way too hard not to offend anyone and are playing to the lowest common denominator.
    And there's no need for us to make fun of England - the British do so themselves, along with the US (see the show where they drive through Alabama?), the French, the Italians, the Germans, and every non-ethnic group you can think of. No stereotype is off limits, yet who could be offended when they are so obviously having fun? Are we able to laugh at ourselves?
    The other obvious difference between the two shows is how free the British hosts feel to bring up history, literature, etc. They don't treat the audience as idiots.
     
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  5. Just deep six this pathetic copy of a good Brit Show. I have watched these guys trying to copy the Good old Brits both in style and in wacky humor, it just does not work. Who is the lead in this group? At least we know in Top Gear Uk that Clarkson is the leader of the group. Who is the one that we call our leader in this campy spin off?
     
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  6. I watched the US version ONCE, when the blind guy's service dog took a piss on the logo in the middle of the carpet in the studio.
    I wholeheartedly agree.
    It's just not fun to watch. How can you f up messing around with supercars?
     
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