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American 'Top Gear' Packed with Guest Stars

by Nick Zaino, posted Oct 21st 2010 11:20AM
Top GearFans of the BBC's cars and technology show 'Top Gear' won't have to wait much longer for the American version, which makes its debut on History on Sun., Nov. 21.

Variety reports that the show will feature a parade of well-known guests, including Tim Allen, Ty Burrell, Buzz Aldrin, Tony Hawk, Bret Michaels, Dominic Monaghan, Kid Rock, and Michelle Rodriguez.

The original 'Top Gear' features three hosts pushing automotive technology to its limits, often with a guest star or two (see the clip of Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise from season 15). History's version will be hosted by comedian and actor Adam Ferrara of 'Rescue Me,' stunt driver Tanner Foust, and racing analyst Rutledge Wood.

BBC Worldwide will co-produce the show, and, also according to Variety, will bring over a familiar character from the British version -- the masked, mysterious stunt driver Stig. It won't be the same Stig from the current BBC show (there were two Stigs, the original black-suited Stig and the most recent white-suited Stig), who recently won his battle to reveal his identity as Ben Collins. So fans will have an all new American Stig mystery to solve.

Season 13 of the original show, which airs on BBC America, was released Sept.13. TV Squad is giving away that DVD and a bundle of other 'Top Gear' swag never before available in the U.S. to celebrate the new American version. Click here to enter the giveaway.

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hopefully it will fail and BBC America will begin showing Top Gear the same week as it airs in the UK! I'm sick of using torrents to get my TG fix.

October 21 2010 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

"often with a guest star or two"

Often? Each episode features a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car". Americans might not recognize the star, but that doesn't mean Britons don't.

The US version calls the reasonably-price car something else, and the "stars" are more familiar even if they aren't A-list.

Leno never originally planned to host the show. He was asked, and refused, on multiple occasions.

October 21 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to BC McKinney's comment

NBC bought the rights to this show with the intent of having Jay Leno host the show when he was done with the Tonight Show. He refused as you said and they retooled the whole show to be based around Adam Carrola. It was never picked up, but Leno did manage to steal the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car for the Jay Leno Show.

This is what would be the 3rd take in getting this off the ground.

The Star segment in the US Version is called Big Star in a Small Car.

October 21 2010 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not gonna work. Top Gear works because of the presenters. Without Clarkson, Hammond, and May, the series just won't work... Something tells me they're going to take themselves way too seriously.

October 21 2010 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Mike's comment

I have seen clips of the new show and it will be a nice complement to the UK show. Think of the US version as CSI Miami where the UK one is CSI.

I also have a feeling the UK guys will be visiting the US version at some point in the show. They did in the AUS version.

I still wish Leno would have done the show like it was originally planned, he would have made a good Clarkson like leader of the show.

October 21 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This thing looks like trash. They took everything funny and good about Top Gear - the humor, the hosts, the VERY British tilt - and ruined it by americanizing it. Put some funny car-loving brits on this of the pond and do the shows poking fun at the USA, Mexico and Canada and that could be fun. But Americans doing American style challenges with American language and humor? Yuck.

October 21 2010 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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