Top Gear Feature - Top Gear US

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  1. TriShield

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    JC sporting a baseball cap? Hammond and May swapping high-fives? Certainly not! However...

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    The Stig arrives in the States to show 'em what Top Gear is all about

    January 18, 2006

    The Top Gear telly programme has quietly become a global phenomenon. Recent figures suggested an extraordinary viewership, something in the region of one billion people across the globe.

    This explains why Jeremy gets mobbed on the streets of Dubai, why Richard Hammond is swooned over by housewives in Auckland and why James May will shortly appear on a series of commemorative stamps in Luxembourg. Probably.

    Only one country has been strangely resistant to the charms of three blokes cocking about in an old aircraft hangar - the United States of America. Until now.

    Earlier this year, Discovery decided they wanted in on the Top Gear action, starting with 18 repackaged programmes using existing items from TG UK.

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    A proper test track and sunshine... this can't be Top Gear


    Accordingly, our plucky lads spent five days at the Top Gear base recording new studio links in a more, er, Yank-friendly way. Basically, getting Jeremy not to call them fat and stupid.

    This, however, was a mere entree for Discovery's main plan: to make their own version of Top Gear on US soil. Their own studio, their own test track, even - since our boys were too busy and anyway James May doesn't like places that don't serve a decent cup of tea - their own presenters.

    That's why last year a brand new TG USA production team assembled deep in the Mojave desert to create a pilot show for their version of Britain's favourite almost-Bafta-winning car programme.

    And, like their idea of what constitutes a decent cup of coffee, the American take on Top Gear wasn't entirely the same as ours.

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    'Shouting "Bring on the Stig" just sounds cooler in an American accent'

    Instead of a shabby hangar and a track built around airfield taxiways, they got a pit garage and a proper circuit.

    Instead of filling the studio with 200 grunting Subaru drivers, they did without an audience.

    And instead of The Tall One, The Short One and The Other One, they hired three rather different American presenters: Bruno, a professional drag racer with casual tales of crashing at 230mph; John, the super keen jock, blessed with quaint 'sir and m'am' good manners that only Americans can do; and Johnny, a former reality show winner with a nice line in weird humour.

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    Fortunately rain didn't interrupt proceedings... ever. It's the desert


    Fortunately some reference points remained, including Star In A Reasonably Priced Car.

    But, to set the power laps, there could be no substitute - the Stig was flown to the US and stunned everyone with his blistering pace as he hammered a CLS55, Charger SRT-8 and Mustang GT around the circuit.

    After two days' shooting, the show that popped out the other end was something familiar and yet rather different.

    For one thing, filming in sunshine gives the show a glossy feel a million miles from another drizzle-sodden canter down a runway in Surrey. And shouting 'Bring on the Stig' just sounds cooler in an American accent.

    If Discovery likes the pilot show, a series will follow. Then the US can enjoy a weekly shot of Top Gear, just like the rest of the world.

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    Nothing found, article is from yesterday.
     
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  6. TriShield

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  7. Achmiel

    Achmiel Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bullshi

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    Cool... but I like JC and his Yankee bashing :rofl:
     
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    Cool beans. :coold:
     
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    WTF? clarkson is what makes the show
     
  10. cchen39

    cchen39 Shut it down. Lets go home!!!

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    no Clarkson no care.
     
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    Hmph. points for bringing over Teh Stig. I shall reserve final judgement until i see it, but I expect this show to be a mere shadow of the original. There's no way they can come close to the reporting abilities of Clarkson, Hammond and May.
     
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    B_O_T Calcio Italiano ftw

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    reading..
     
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    Clarkson > whatever the US hosts will be
     
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    The Stig!
     
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    I don't really care if they repackaged it... if we get top gear either way I am going to watch it.
     
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    I don't even like him but he does set the show apart from anything :bowdown:
     
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    This will be as good of a success as Iron Chef USA....! :hsugh:
     
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    Speaking of The Stig, i just finished his book, that guy was/is crazy :eek3:
     
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    It will be like the US reshoot of The Office. It will suck ass.
     
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    clarkson is the best part of top gear though :o without his sarcasm, why even bother?
     
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    It'll suck...
     
  24. TriShield

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    Why can't they just air the shows as they are here? Wouldn't that be easier? :wtc:
     
  25. B_O_T

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    i still wanna check out this pilot
     

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