R.I.P. Top Gear

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  1. Feb 5, 2016 #201 of 241
    DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    It hasn't been canceled, but it also hasn't been on for quite some time. According to an interview I heard with Rutledge, in the last episode of season 5, Adam got injured during the shoot and had to be sidelined for several months. By the time he was healthy again, Rutledge and Tanner had other scheduling commitments so season 6 had to be pushed back. I don't think they've announced yet when the next episodes will air.
     
  2. Feb 5, 2016 #202 of 241
    ClutchBrake

    ClutchBrake Pass the gravy!

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    Thanks. I just went back to look at the episodes and I might have quit around episode 3 of season 2. I thought I watched longer than that. Maybe I just don't remember the later episodes.
     
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    LoadStar

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    I just checked and supposedly, they're in production on new episodes. But yeah, it's been over a year since they've had any new episodes, which makes you wonder.
     
  4. Feb 5, 2016 #204 of 241
    DevdogAZ

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    You haven't seen the show since S2? S02E03 aired in August 2011. The most recent episode (S05E10) aired in October 2014.
     
  5. Feb 5, 2016 #205 of 241
    ClutchBrake

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    I would have sworn I watched three seasons. But going to the History site and looking at the recaps the latest one I can remember is S02E03. I did recognize a goofy-looking car in the screencap for S04E08, but it is likely I saw the car on another show.

    I'm curious now though. Gonna see if I can do a search for the Top Gear USA threads and see when I last commented.

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    OK I just did that search and see that I commented on S04E06. WTF? Is my memory going (gone?) or was the show just so bland I forgot a couple dozen episodes? :D
     
  6. Feb 6, 2016 #206 of 241
    MarkofT

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    TG:USA has wrapped filming for their next season, but both Rutledge and Adam have tweeted that they don't know the airdates yet.
     
  7. Feb 6, 2016 #207 of 241
    tvmaster2

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    Weren't May, Hammond and Clarkson all print journalists before TG tv show? I remember reading articles by May and Clarkson a while ago. And that's why their material always, as you say, seemed to be coming from them I guess.

    What bothers me the most about the new U.K. TG hosts are their ages. Couldn't they find some younger hosts with charisma? Billie Piper? J.K.? Jamie Oliver would be a riot on this show, or even Gordon Ramsey for that matter. Laurence Llewyn Bowan? lol
     
  8. Feb 6, 2016 #208 of 241
    zordude

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    Before Clarkson was on the recent incarnation 2002 - 2015 of TG he hosted the previous version of TG 1988 - 2000, before that he wrote car stuff for print.
     
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    LoadStar

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    Hammond was a radio host for a variety of BBC regional stations before moving to television with Top Gear.

    James May was a reporter for the print magazine Autocar, but also a TV presenter for both Channel 4's Driven and, like Jezza, a host on the original Top Gear.
     
  10. Feb 6, 2016 #210 of 241
    Bob Coxner

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    I hated Leno as the host of The Tonight Show but I have to say that Jay Leno's Garage was a really good series and I'm looking forward to season 2. He would definitely be a good host for TG US or UK.
     
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    HerronScott

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    I started to watch the first of the Races episodes and wasn't impressed with his way too serious introduction. I hope he comes across more naturally when the new regular episodes air.

    Scott
     
  12. RonDawg

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    Final List of Top Gear Presenters Announced. All six of them (talking ones anyway):

    Chris Evans
    Matt LeBlanc
    Chris Harris
    Sabine Schmitz
    Rory Reid
    Eddie Jordan

    It sounds like Top Gear 3.0 will be more like v. 1.0 (which had numerous hosts) than the v. 2.0 which has been so popular.
     
  13. IDSmoker

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    Sounds more like "let's throw a bunch of people at the (ratings) wall, and see who sticks" to me.
     
  14. DouglasPHill

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    Far for me to be a thread crapper. It will probably(no way) be a good show with all those hosts (losers) :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:
    I of course will set a season pass for it (that will be the day) :D
     
  15. DevdogAZ

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    Sounds like Chris Evans will be the true "host" and the others will just be contributors. That way, they can film episodes with as few or as many of the others as they want, but they won't be bound by the other people's schedules (specifically Matt Leblanc, who is under contract for Episodes and also just signed a contract for a new network sitcom).
     
  16. Dan203

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    The whole charm of this show was the chemistry between the 3 hosts who seemed to be real friends and actually enjoyed picking on each other like male friends do. If it's just an ensemble of a bunch of guys doing one off bits it wont be as fun to watch. That's why I didn't like the US version. None of them seemed like they really knew each other. Plus none of them really took over the leader position like Jeremy did on the UK version.
     
  17. LoadStar

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    Well, we don't really know what format this new Top Gear will have. Keep in mind that the format of Top Gear that we're (now) familiar with was almost completely the brainchild of Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Wilman.

    It's entirely possible that the show opts to return to something closer to the format of the original run of Top Gear, which (more or less) became Fifth Gear. It was less "three car guys screwing around" and more a straightforward motoring show.

    Or, it could be something somewhere between the two - or something entirely new.
     
  18. tvmaster2

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    both Hammond and May have some pretty good shows of their own. They seem to be able to exist nicely outside of Top Gear, as they're both likely good writers.
    We'll have to see if Sabine Schmidt and Matt LeBlanc (?) can do the same
     
  19. RonDawg

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    Except that was the format that eventually grew to be unpopular (at least in the eyes of the BBC) and was cancelled. So they're going to have to make this one stand apart from Fifth Gear and with more than just The Stig.
     
  20. TonyTheTiger

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    I don't think it ever did grow to be unpopular! Sure, there were the detractors, but it was still bringing in something like $150 million a year. Nothing unpopular about that!!

    The 'new' Top Gear doesn't stand a chance. It can only become a straight-up motoring show and we know from experience that doesn't pull in the kind of audiences the 'troublesome trio' brought in.

    The ginger twat notwithstanding, LeBlanc has the personality of a dead dog without a good supporting cast and an outstanding script. The latest series of TG:The Races proves this completely.
     

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