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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-16-2008, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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doesn't sound like a winning formula to me....


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NBC’S ‘TOP GEAR’ BUCKLES UP ITS HOSTS FOR HIGH-OCTANE PILOT FROM BBC WORLDWIDE AMERICA BASED ON INTERNATIONAL HIT FRANCHISE

BURBANK - June 16, 2008 - Television and radio comedian Adam Carolla, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust, and TV construction guru Eric Stromer, will lead NBC’s pilot of the international smash hit series “Top Gear.” The production will begin later this week.

Produced by BBC Worldwide America, the U.S. version of the hit franchise will mirror the UK show’s irreverent humor and camaraderie between the three presenters, epic races, outrageous stunts and challenges, unique celebrity guest participation and eccentric methods of testing cars.

"This franchise is a proven winner worldwide and the hosting team of Adam, Tanner and Eric that we have brought together for the U.S. version offers a perfect match of humor, insider know-how and priceless track experience," said Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment. "We are going to create a high-powered show that, like the original, will keep viewers in every demographic clutching the edge of their seats."

“These three guys will get to drive the world’s most amazing cars, go on incredible road trips and blow stuff up. It’s a dirty old job but someone has to do it…why didn’t I get the job?!” said Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, TV Sales and Content & Production, BBC Worldwide America.

Jeremy Clarkson, executive producer and host of the UK “Top Gear” said: “This is fantastic news - but how on earth you lot are going to do it on the wrong side of the road I’ve no idea.”

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Television and radio personality Adam Carolla is host of the daily, nationally-syndicated radio program “The Adam Carolla Show,” based out of Los Angeles’ KLSX 97.1/ FREE FM. With partners Jimmy Kimmel and Daniel Kellison, Carolla created Jackhole Industries where he produced and starred in two hit Comedy Central shows, "The Man Show" and "Crank Yankers." Carolla also co-hosted the nationally-syndicated radio program “Loveline” with Dr. Drew Pinsky for 10 years, as well as its TV version on MTV. Carolla also recently wrote and starred in the independent, award-winning feature film, “The Hammer.” In season six of “Dancing with the Stars,” Adam became the first ever contestant to complete a Paso Doble on a unicycle. Carolla is an avid car collector and owns several classic collectible Lamborghinis, Maseratis, two Ferraris and an Audi S4.

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Tanner Foust is in high-demand as a stunt driver, with film credits including “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “The Dukes of Hazard.” Foust is a winning competitor in rally, drift, ice racing and time attack with multiple champion podium placements including the 2007 X Games Rally Champion and 2007 Formula Drift Pro Drift Champion. His varied race experience includes open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (2002 - 2004), five Ice Racing championships and the 2005 PGT Rally Championship. He also holds class lap records at numerous U.S. road courses in Time Attack. In addition, Foust also hosted “Supercars Exposed” for the SPEED channel. Foust’s car of choice is a tricked-out M3.

Eric Stromer:

Eric Stromer, host of the HGTV show "Over Your Head," started life in construction and remodeling houses after a short acting career as a soap opera hunk was abruptly ended by a Styrofoam boulder on the set of “Santa Barbara.” For 20 years he ran a successful building company before becoming the face of HGTV’s hit show. He’s a regular on Adam Carolla’s nationally-syndicated radio show giving out construction advice, and also appears on TLC’s “Clean Sweep,” NBC’s “Three Wishes” and is a special correspondent for “The Insider.” Stromer prefers his Camry hybrid.

About the Executive Producers:

The pilot of “Top Gear” will be executive produced by Tod Mesirow and Kevin Harris. Mesirow’s background includes producing credits on “Wired Science,” Discovery Channel's “Smash Lab,” “Mythbusters,” and “Monster Garage.” He also executive produced Discovery Studio's “Overhaulin'” for TLC. Harris’ credits include “The Apprentice” and “The Baby Borrowers” for NBC.

About Top Gear:

The series, which premiered in the UK in 1977, is consistently BBC TWO’s most-watched program in the UK. The UK version of “Top Gear” is broadcast globally in over 100 countries and has been airing on BBC America since 2007. The program has been the recipient of various awards including National Television Awards, BAFTAs, Broadcast Award, Royal Television Society Awards and an International Emmy Award. Top celebrity guests have included Hugh Grant, Simon Cowell, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren and Gordon Ramsay. In addition to the television show, the “Top Gear” brand has achieved global success. The self-titled magazine Top Gear continues to be both the best-selling car and men’s magazines in the UK. Internationally, Top Gear is the leading motoring media brand.

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Man the english version of that show rocks, they drive the shit out of the cars. Adam Carolla = Oh well

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I sense a shit show. What are they gonna make fun of? European cars?

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its gonna be weak, the domestics will get their teeth into the show and youll never hear anything bad about em

gimme the english version anytime

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its gonna be weak, the domestics will get their teeth into the show and youll never hear anything bad about em

gimme the english version anytime
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its gonna be weak, the domestics will get their teeth into the show and youll never hear anything bad about em

gimme the english version anytime
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The only reason it works is that the BBC is public television and they talk shit about all the cars. It'll be like Road and Track TV with higher paid talent. The Stig is the man!
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good point, they didn't mention who the US equivalent of The Stig will be. hmmm....

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good point, they didn't mention who the US equivalent of The Stig will be. hmmm....
they cant, identity is kept secret

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adam corolla is a car guy, and this show is still produced by the BBC, so hopefully it will stay clean.

As good as the original is, it will be cool to see something with american's. Eric Stromer and Adam Corolla are both pretty funny and while I don't know who the driver guy is, if the chemisty is anything similar to the UK version, it will be a good show. I am not certain if it will pull numbers to keep NBC happy, but I would think it would make an excellent cable show.

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I think that the show is going to suck ballz. With that being said, I will still watch it to confirm that it sucks. After years of watching the British version of Top Gear, the show would be the same without Clarkson, Hamster, and Captain Slow. Although I think that British TopGear should have more American cars, you never see Corvettes, Mustangs, etc on the show even though they could compete with some of the European cars. There are also not many Japanese cars either. Some diversity would be nice.

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Damn, I need to get off my arse and download the BBC version. I've only seen bits and pieces on You Tube and really enjoyed them.

I'd be really surprised if the American version doesn't turn into a 30 minute commercial for Ford or Dodge.

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Damn, I need to get off my arse and download the BBC version. I've only seen bits and pieces on You Tube and really enjoyed them.

I'd be really surprised if the American version doesn't turn into a 30 minute commercial for Ford or Dodge.
I might still have the last season on my computer. I know I have a couple random episodes floating around on my hard drive.

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I love Top Gear. I want to quit my day job and do that. They have TOO much fun messing around with cars.

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Wow is that going to suck!!!

Why does this country feel the need to try and top everyone else? Do we have small penis syndrome??


I love the true Top Gear, great show, great hosts, and the Stig rocks!!!

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i vote ron hix for the US stig
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