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'Top Gear' Trying to Replace Trucks With Cars, Tests Hauling Manure (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2011 5:59AM
'Top Gear' season 2 premiereThe hosts of the American version of 'Top Gear' (Sun., 10PM ET on History) decided to see how much manure regular cars could haul for their Season Premiere. Why do this?

Well, no matter what anyone might want you to believe, it was so they could pour steaming piles of manure onto each other.

The idea was to find a more fuel-efficient replacement for the sturdy pick-up truck, so they put three regular cars through a series of tests. On a budget of $2,000, each of the guys made their choice, but only one would be the ultimate replacement.

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Stockard Channing Joins Ron Moore's Magic Pilot, 'Burn Notice' Prequel Gets Premiere Date and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 11th 2011 6:00PM
Stockard ChanningStockard Channing will headline '17th Precinct,' the new magic-based pilot from 'Battlestar Galactica' mastermind Ron Moore.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the 'West Wing' veteran will play Mira, a former homicide detective who now covers robberies. '17th Precinct' is set in the fictional city of Excelsior, a place where magic and the supernatural rule.

When NBC picked up the show to pilot, it was described as a 'Harry Potter'-type show for grown-ups.

In other TV news ...

'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe' will premiere April 17 at 9PM on USA. The prequel is set in 2005 and directed by 'Burn Notice' star Jeffrey Donovan. [Entertainment Weekly]

Gary Cole has joined the cast of Fox's comedy pilot 'Tagged.' Cole will play James Percy, a coroner who works with his son. [Deadline Hollywood]

Will Paget Brewster leave 'Criminal Minds'? The actress is currently fielding comedy pilot offers from Fox. Her final 'Criminal Minds' episode of the season will end with a cliffhanger, A.J. Cook is returning to the series to possibly whisk her away. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Mark Burnett 'Had No Idea' About Russell Hantz 'Survivor' Leak, TLC Launches 'N.Y. Ink' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 10th 2011 5:30PM
Mark BurnettApparently 'Survivor' honcho Mark Burnett didn't have any idea about the accusations against castaway Russell Hantz until the rest of us saw them.

According to TV Guide, Burnett told reporters on a conference call that he was unaware there was a problem until he read last week's Daily Beast article that alleged Hantz was leaking 'Survivor' spoilers to fan message boards. "I found out the same time you found out. I read it online," Burnett said on a conference call today. "I had no idea about it."

Hantz could face a $5 million penalty if he really is behind the leaks. "I still have not had a conversation with CBS or anyone about it," Burnett said, including 'Survivor' host Jeff Probst.

In other TV news ...

TLC is launching a new tattoo reality series called 'N.Y. Ink.' It'll follow 'Miami Ink' star Ami James as he opens a new shop in Soho. The eight-episode first season will premiere in June. [THR]

AMC has announced the premiere date for its new series, 'The Killing.' The show, about the police investigation of a teenage girl's murder, will air its two-hour first episode on April 3, then move to its regular Sunday at 10PM time slot the following week. [Deadline]

Another cable show has announced a premiere date: 'Treme' comes back to HBO on April 24. The drama, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, welcomes new cast member Jon Seda for season 2. [TV Guide]

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Tim Allen Clocks 'Top Gear's' Third Fastest Celebrity Racing Lap (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 3rd 2011 6:00AM
Tim Allen Races on 'Top Gear' AmericaTim Allen said he looked "geeky" as he raced around the track on the U.S. 'Top Gear' (Sun., 10PM ET on HIST). "You think the helmet makes you look like a bigger geek, or the car?" asked host and racing analyst Rutledge Wood of the "Big Star in a Small Car" scene.

Allen answered, "No, me. Just, I look at other pictures of me, and I go, 'Who's that old man there?'" Well, the actor certainly didn't drive like an old man, placing third among the series' other celebrity racers. But Allen was disappointed: fellow Detroit native Kid Rock bested him for second place.

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Michelle Rodriguez Tries Her Luck on the 'Top Gear' Race Track (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 27th 2010 5:42AM
Michelle Rodriguez, 'Top Gear'The new US 'Top Gear' (Sun., 10PM on HIST) is just getting started, having premiered just last month. So when Michelle Rodriguez took to the track, she didn't have a lot of celebrities times to worry about trying to beat yet. So how'd she do?

"Why do I look so angry?" she asked while watching the playback of her race. On a wet track, she feared the worst while driving. "I almost flipped that sucker," she admitted at one time.

Rodriguez spotlighted a few more of her concentration expressions to everyone's amusement, before the final results were revealed. "Apparently you're chewing tobacco while you drive," she was told, though she thought it looked more like she was chewing gum. We think she was remembering a particularly spoiled glass of milk she'd swallowed.

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The Stig Speaks! An Interview With Former 'Top Gear' Driver Ben Collins

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 4th 2010 3:00PM
Racing driver Ben Collins and The Stig from BBC's 'Top Gear'Some say The Stig fell to Earth from a speeding meteorite and landed behind the wheel of a Koenigsegg CCX before the producers of the successful BBC car show 'Top Gear' chose him to be their mute racing driver.

Others said he was actually a clone combination of seven race car drivers, chemically and genetically designed to drive everything from a fully-tweaked Lamgorgini Murcelagio to a gas-powered snowmobile down a steep ski jump ramp.

But Jeremy Clarkson, the colorful and outspoken 'Top Gear' host, called him a "greedy twat."

Ben Collins, the Formula Three circuit, British GT Championship and Le Mans Series racing driver, was revealed as The Stig thi ssummer thanks to a British high court ruling. Collins finally got to speak of his time as The Stig in a new book called 'The Man in the White Suit,' which hit bookstores in the States this week.

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Dominic Monaghan Doesn't Like Cars, Breaks the Speed Record on 'Top Gear' Anyway (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 29th 2010 8:15AM
Dominic Monaghan Doesn't Like Cars, Breaks the Speed Record on 'Top Gear' AnywayAs an actor, Dominic Monaghan specializes in playing characters who take part in an impossible quest ... of one kind or another. In 'The Lord of the Rings,' he starred as a hobbit engaged in a thousand-year struggle to destroy the One Ring of Power. On 'Lost,' he was a musician who tried to unravel the secrets of a tropical island (and who died in the process).

But on the racing show 'Top Gear' (Sun., 10PM ET on HIST), his job was much, much easier.

Dominic doesn't like cars very much -- he calls them his "least favorite form of transport." Nonetheless, on the new 'Top Gear,' he shattered the old celebrity racing record. In the process, he beat out a real-life hero: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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'Top Gear' Premiere Recap (VIDEO)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 22nd 2010 10:25AM
Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust take a Dodge Viper on a Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter in the premiere episode of It's been said before (including by me) but it can't be said enough: America deserves its own version of 'Top Gear,' the BBC car show that dispenses global glee over supercars, sports monsters and other dream gear-grinders.

We may not have created the concept of the car (depending on who you ask) and what you are willing to define as a car. We did, however, create one unmistakable and essential part of the car: its coolness.

We put the sense of style into a streamlined '57 Chevy by sticking those killer tail fins on the back and turning an ugly hunk of V-10 oil and metal into a smooth, sultry piece of pornographic machinery. We gave the world the one thing that made Steve McQueen just slightly cooler than Steve McQueen: a green 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback. Hell, without us, cars wouldn't have unnecessary rear-spoilers, custom flame paint-jobs or (God forbid) cup-holders.

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'Top Gear' Is Coming to America: The Hosts Preview History Channel's New Car Show

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 18th 2010 1:50PM
New 'Top Gear' hosts'Top Gear' is finally ready to drive across America.

The American version of 'Top Gear' debuts Sun., Nov. 21 at 9PM on The History Channel, after five years of development at different networks.

Trying to sell a car show in America may seem like a no-brainer, but the show has a lot to live up to in its British counterpart, which is immensely popular in the UK (a 'Top Gear' festival kicks off in Dublin at the end of the month) and on BBC America. It's such a big phenomenon that '60 Minutes' covered the British show last month.

American television networks have long wanted to bring the format stateside, but unfortunately, attempts by both the Discovery Channel and NBC failed. Finally, the History Channel picked it up.

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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.

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'Top Gear': James May Drives on Active Volcano, Takes Home Earthy Souvenir (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 28th 2010 5:00AM
'Top Gear' Drives on Iceland's Active VolcanoRemember that unpronounceable Icelandic volcano that brought Europe's air traffic to a grinding, lengthy halt? The 'Top Gear' (Mon., 9PM ET on BBC America) gang, specifically James May, drove a Toyota Hilux pickup dangerously close to the active volcano's mouth barely a week before it erupted. Of course they couldn't just test the off-road vehicle in the desert or something, and they'd already been to the North Pole. So after reconfiguring the truck's tires for both Arctic and volcanic conditions, May hit the road earth.

"It does look quite angry," he said simply on the approach. "There's raining red-hot lumps. God, that's hot." A few new, fiery red volcanic rocks soared from the volcano's mouth, and landed frighteningly (yet conveniently) close to the vehicle. With his "lava scoop," May retrieved one (still glowing) as a souvenir.

But the vehicle had stayed in one place too long. Gazing back at a rear tire, May said, "We're on fire." Though he cursed, he was still pretty calm about the whole thing. Just another day on the job...

Speaking of souvenirs, TV Squad has teamed up with BBC America to give away a 'Top Gear' Boot of Loot prize bundle that includes various Stig-related fare and season DVDs. Check it out!

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'Top Gear' Boot of Loot Exclusive Giveaway

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 27th 2010 2:00PM
An all-new episode of 'Top Gear' premieres tonight -- Monday, Oct. 25 on BBC America at 9pm/8c. And of course, fans can expect the high-adrenaline excitement they love on the show (with presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May), plus so much more.

Exciting season highlights include Hollywood mega-stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz each taking a turn as the 'Star in the Reasonably Priced Car,' active volcanoes and a road trip across the South of England. Other stars making an appearance this season include Andy Garcia and 'Harry Potter's' Rupert Grint.

Also, this season offers up a very exciting change that will make the show exponentially better for U.S. fans. For the very first time, BBC America will air the uncut, full-length UK versions of 'Top Gear' episodes.

To help celebrate the landmark uncut broadcasts, we've teamed up with BBC America for a giveaway die-hard fans will love. We're opening up the 'Top Gear' vault and offering up a Boot of Loot prize bundle of exclusive 'Top Gear' products never available before in the U.S.! See below for what you can win.

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News Roundup: 'Steven Seagal: Lawman' Returns, 'CSI: NY' Taps 'Melrose Place' Star and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 3rd 2010 6:00PM
Steven SeagalSteven Seagal is back on the job! According to the Live Feed, A&E will air eight episodes of 'Steven Seagal: Lawman' that were previously shot starting Oct. 6 at 10PM.

In April, the martial arts star was accused of sexual harassment and production was stalled and he was suspended from the force. The charges were dropped in July. There's no word on whether A&E will produce more episodes of the series.

In other TV news ...

• TV producers McG ('Chuck,' 'Nikita') and Paul Scheuring ('Prison Break') are developing a private investigator series for ABC. The P.I. learned everything he knows from his childhood shows like 'Magnum PI' and 'Simon & Simon'

Nielsen is predicting that 40 percent of new TV homes will be Hispanic. According to the data measurement company it's a 3 percent increase compared to last season. [Live Feed]

'Top Gear' season 15 will premiere on BBC America on Sept. 27. Look for Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz to guest. [BBC America]

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British Judge Un-Helmets The Stig

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 2nd 2010 11:20AM
Last week, the BBC tried to stop a major book publisher from revealing the identity of "The Stig," the "tame racing driver" from BBC's 'Top Gear.'

The judge went ahead and revealed it for them. Well done, judgey-wudgey. I can't wait to see how he handles next week's ax murder case. Something tells me I'd better whip out the ponchos left over from that Gallagher concert.

The judge refused to import an injunction against HarperCollins that would have prevented them from publishing a book that reveals The Stig's true identity in great detail. Upon hearing the judge's decision, HarperCollins issued a press release that definitively reveals his identity.

A strong word of warning: if you prefer to continue enjoying the mystery of The Stig's, er, mysteriousness, I strongly recommend that you do not read the rest of this story after the jump. All complaints about spoilers will be met with scorn and/or ridicule (possibly in that order, depending on how much energy we have at the time).

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Gear Up for the First U.S. 'Top Gear' Trailer, Gearheads

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 12th 2010 3:30PM
Adam Ferrara on the Every fan of BBC's insanely popular and perfect 'Top Gear' knows that the reason it's the most successful car show is because it's not about cars.

Audiences couldn't care less about whether or not Jeremy Clarkson quoted the correct engine displacement for the McLaren F1 or if a Koeningsegg CCR can go from 0 to 100 mph in 8 seconds (it's 7.9, actually). What makes the show so great and entertaining is that it's really about fun. It isn't, as Jezza once said, what you drive, but how you drive it.

The History Channel is giving America a 'Top Gear' of its own, starring Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood, and the first trailer for the U.S. version hit the web earlier this week. Check out the trailer and a brief gut reaction after the jump.

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