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Old 01-16-2008, 02:31 PM   #1
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NBC Bringing Top Gear Pilot to United States

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BURBANK, Calif. — NBC has ordered a pilot for an American version of the U.K. smash sensation Top Gear. Although the show apparently will feature a completely new cast, producers say it will still feature "the irreverent spirit of Top Gear."

With the Writers Guild of America still striking in full force, networks have been scrambling for non-scripted content. In practice, this has led to helpings of The Biggest Loser 5 and Celebrity Apprentice — and to NBC's decision to bring Top Gear to the United States.

The Office is the most recent example of a BBC program that has done well in a U.S. adaptation, and Top Gear is NBC's shot at repeating that success. The British show features the expected test-drives of supercars — but also more lighthearted segments such as a giant game of soccer with a bunch of tiny VWs, or a contest to see which host can build the best amphibious car to drive across a lake.

Ben Silverman, NBC co-chairman, seems to think it's a brilliant move. "Top Gear is a proven international hit which fits perfectly into NBC's lineup of programming with male appeal, including Sunday Night Football and American Gladiators," he said in a statement. "We're always looking for innovative ways to partner with our advertisers, and this show offers a great platform for the latest in car culture."

What this means to you: If NBC is using the show as "an innovative way to partner with their advertisers," will that stop the hosts from trashing vehicles, even if they're made by an NBC sponsor? Let's hope not. — Paul Tassi, Correspondent

I LOVE TOP GEAR!!!!!!! It will be really hard to find hosts as funny and as good as explaining the car the way they do when driving. I hope they find good hosts and that they dont just copy the british shows and think of new ideas.
They will probably test the new CAMARO when it comes out if the show lasts.


I also Love The Office. I have seen the british version and its not as funny but The Office does take some ideas from the british show. It is a perfect example.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:12 PM   #2
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I'll check it out, but it will NEVER be as good as the original.
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:47 PM   #3
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I'll give it a shot, for sure.
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:59 PM   #4
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I might catch it out of pure curiousity, but they can not in a million years match Clarkson, Hamster, Captain Slow and The Stig. Just not gonna happen. And there's no way they're gonna let anyone trash cars on the show like Clarkson does, which a HUGE appeal of the original IMO.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:15 PM   #5
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I might catch it out of pure curiousity, but they can not in a million years match Clarkson, Hamster, Captain Slow and The Stig. Just not gonna happen. And there's no way they're gonna let anyone trash cars on the show like Clarkson does, which a HUGE appeal of the original IMO.
But, it'll be a North American-oriented show....so......what if - hang with me here - they bash Euro-cars? That would be friggen' Hilarious.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:24 PM   #6
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Irony at the very least. I can't wait to see the pilot.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:41 PM   #7
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Thats the only thing i dont like about top gear. Is how much they bash not only american cars but americans themselves. Now its our turn!!
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na its funnier when britsh make fun of people, when american's do it they just embaress themselves. but hey what do i know im canadian

seriously this show wil be wicked it wont be close to clarkson and his crew but at least it will be the same type of show.
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It will be corporately biased. He who pays the bills will get the best reviews, or at least the most airtime. Its an unfortunate reality of corporate sponsorship.
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I wish they were just importing the real episodes. A new version just wouldn't be the same. I mean do you think an American show would turn a Reliant into a working Space Shuttle? Do you think an American show would be allowed to race cars against trains, planes, and boats?
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:50 AM   #12
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I wish they were just importing the real episodes. A new version just wouldn't be the same. I mean do you think an American show would turn a Reliant into a working Space Shuttle? Do you think an American show would be allowed to race cars against trains, planes, and boats?
yesh, actually, I do... I think it would be fun to try and make a PT Cruiser into a space shuttle... and I think that racing a Corvette against a speed boat is possible in several places, most notably Miami and Houston, where I know there are channels that have long roads next to them.
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It will be corporately biased. He who pays the bills will get the best reviews, or at least the most airtime. Its an unfortunate reality of corporate sponsorship.

Unfortunately I think you're right.
No network will allow the hosts to trash a GM car if they are a sponsor or paying for advertising during the show. The same goes with ANY manufacturer. Possibly the only way it could happen is if it were on the SPEED channel...not NBC. Especially now during the strike, all they care about is bringing in cash.
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:08 AM   #14
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Just to add a little info to the thread....

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/01/31/r...-i-top-gear-i/

If one of these guys hosts though, rest assured, it will be on NBC, not SPEED or anything else....both of these guys are NBC-lifers, if you will.

I'd be okay with Jay. Jerry... not a huge fan, but he is a car guy....maybe...
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Leno would be good, Jerry well, I dont think I can picture him talking about cars. I know that Jay does an article in popular mechanics about cars and I have seen videos of him and his collection, including his corvette section. He really knows his stuff
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:49 AM   #16
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He really knows his stuff

and i think thats all that really matters...
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Jay would actually be really good for this. I mean he's no Clarkson but as said he knows about cars.
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Leno would be good but just don't use the "American Stig" he won't fit in the exotics
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I'm not too thrilled they're going the celebrity direction. I hope they at least get a couple guys or girls who can really drive. I mean REALLY drive, like pro level. But my personal picks for celebrities are Leno and Tim Allen.
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I'd be pretty content with Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld being on the show. I don't think I'd so much like having Seinfeld but not Leno, but I'd be okay with Leno but no Seinfeld.

Tim Allen would be a fantastic choice, but he's been a Disney guy for a long time, so I don't think we'd see him on this show.

It'd probably also be good to see some sort of retired race car driver in the 3rd slot, someone who's got a personality. I'm not much of a NASCAR fan myself, but a lot of those NASCAR guys would work well in a show like this.
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Jay Leno? You bet! Car nut is right on the nose when it comes to Leno. He knows his stuff and I bet he is probably VERY excited about being considered for this show.

Seinfeld? Had no idea he was into cars. If he's an avid Porsche fan, that's cool. I only hope he's into a little more than just Porsche's for this show.

Tim Allen? How so?
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Tim Allen? How so?
Tim Allen's a pretty big car guy also...Here's an older Autoblog post about a Z06 he put up for sale on eBay, showing off a bit of his garage. His personality would lend itself very well to a Top Gear style show, IMHO.
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I wouldn't want to watch Seinfeld hosting the show.

Leno and Tim Allen would be awesome. They both know cars very well AND they're not nearly as annoying as Seinfeld.
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I think Leno and Seinfeld would be ok as hosts... Leno's a big car guy and Seinfeld is pretty knowledgable, but not like Leno is... and I personally think that someone like Dale Jr., who is young, is a car guy and is also a professional driver, would be great as the third seat.
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I think Leno and Seinfeld would be ok as hosts... Leno's a big car guy and Seinfeld is pretty knowledgable, but not like Leno is... and I personally think that someone like Dale Jr., who is young, is a car guy and is also a professional driver, would be great as the third seat.
Jr will be too busy with NASCAR for 11 months of the year (December is normally off). They would need a retired driver, but I also think that anyone from NASCAR would be too biased towards domestics. Perhaps an Indy guy?
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