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Top Gear coming to History Channel

Discussion in 'Television' started by Yesfan70, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Yesfan70

    Yesfan70 I'm famous now bitches! vvvvv Famous

    http://www.history.com/shows/top-gear/videos/top-gear-sneak-peek#top-gear-sneak-peek

    But don't get your hopes that it's the same show with Jeremey Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hamblin. This is going to be an American version of the show. From what I saw of the clip above, I'm not really impressed but will still check it out to see if it has potential. Plus no Stig? WTF?

    I wished the British version were out on Bluray, but DVD is better than nothing. I love this show.
     
  2. DIYer

    DIYer Well-Known Member Famous

    They already have something like it on Speed Network called Battle of the Super Cars.
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwoMkucMLy4[/youtube]

    I do like History channel's Lock N' Load.
     
  3. Yesfan70

    Yesfan70 I'm famous now bitches! vvvvv Famous

    I wonder if any of the host from the new TG are affliated with those other two shows. I'll have to check them out and see.
     
  4. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Famous

    An American version of Top Gear has been been in the works for as long as I can remember. From the sneek peek on HC's website it looks like the production values will be high. I just hope that they don't try to simply copy the persponalities of the UK hosts. The production values of the UK version have a lot to do with it's appeal, but IMO it's the hosts that make that show so much fun.
     
  5. Yesfan70

    Yesfan70 I'm famous now bitches! vvvvv Famous


    I agree. Some shows you're just not going to be able to "copy" and Top Gear, I think, is one of them.
     
  6. Kazaam

    Kazaam Well-Known Member

    Is "Top Gear" the one that did a mocking review of the Ford Festiva by racing it inside a shopping mall?
     
  7. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Famous

    Yup, thats them.

    I didn't get that they were mocking the Festiva, quite the contrary. That being said they do have a general disdain for American cars and America in general really.
     
  8. Yesfan70

    Yesfan70 I'm famous now bitches! vvvvv Famous


    Richard Hamblin may be an exception as he seemed to like the new Camaro a lot in one episode, but yeah for the most part I agree.
     
  9. Kazaam

    Kazaam Well-Known Member

    Maybe "mocking" isn't the best choice of words, I suppose. But they were definitely having fun making their test drive.
     
  10. mzpro5

    mzpro5 Well-Known Member Famous

    Unfortunately I fear this will probably be another failed attempt to copy a great original British show resulting in a very poor imitation.

    Can we say "The Office"? "Life on Mars"?
     
  11. mzpro5

    mzpro5 Well-Known Member Famous

    Well they are British and can't quite let go of that whole Revolution thing from a couple hundred years ago. :D :D
     
  12. Yesfan70

    Yesfan70 I'm famous now bitches! vvvvv Famous


    Same here. I'm still going to watch a couple of of episodes to give it the benfit of the doubt, but don't see it approaching close to anything on the BBC version.
     
  13. 4rings4life

    4rings4life Active Member

    I will reserve judgment. It is just as rehearsed and fake as the BBC version but it still shows cars I can't afford so I will watch. The hosts are not horrible, too many are comparing them Clarkson, May and Hammond; they are not them. They are aiming at young people who may have heard of Tanner Foust or even seen The Fast and the Furious.
    They seem to be shying away from the humor that is a big part of the BBC show because they believe the American audience won't understand it, if we are so dumb why is the British show so popular? There was a lot of explaining done, like the Stig. Just call him the Tame racecar driver, we will get it.
    Ben
     
  14. Kazaam

    Kazaam Well-Known Member

    The 2-seconds worth of it that I saw sucked; though, I might've just been misdirecting my frustration with regards to the continued ruination of The History Channel toward the new show. It's not necessarily their fault the wrong cable network picked them up.
     
  15. DIYer

    DIYer Well-Known Member Famous

    Battle of the Super Cars is more tech oriented with less comedy.
     
  16. Yesfan70

    Yesfan70 I'm famous now bitches! vvvvv Famous

    I wasn't as impressed as I was hoping to be, but I didn't think it was as terrible as I imagined it to be either. IMO, I don't think they should worry about having to explain everything about the show (including the Stig and who he is).


    I think the biggest hurdle is the hosts have no chemistry and they try too hard to be funny. I think it needs to be a bit more creative too. The Cobra attack helicopter vs the Dodge Viper was too much like the British fighter jet vs the Bugatti Veyron segment in the UK version.


    It could be a better show if they try. Maybe even put it on another appropriate network, like Speedvision, as I'm really tired of these types of shows being on the History Channel. Seriously, what's historic about this show?
     
  17. DIYer

    DIYer Well-Known Member Famous

    Well, if I may... used to be, American TV and movies come up with something and then the rest of the world copied it. Now it seems to be going reverse. :eusa-think: :confusion-shrug:
     

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