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Top Gear America - *Full Season* (spoilers)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by lambertman, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    I really had to force myself to finish episode 1. If I feel the same about 2, then I won't be recording any more either.

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  2. heySkippy

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    I didn't even know this show was coming but my TiVo recorded it because I have an ARWL for "NSX".

    Capitalizing on the Top Gear name is proving impossible. Maybe time to try some new ideas instead of rehashing.
     
  3. LoadStar

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    The real question they have yet to really come up with a satisfactory answer for is: is there really a *need* for an American Top Gear, what with the original being aired in America? What area would they cover on an American version that can't be covered on the original as well or better?
     
  4. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    The "need" is the fact that the franchise is incredibly valuable, and they have the potential to make a boatload of money if they can get a US version to be even a fraction as popular as the original. So why wouldn't they try? Although I'm really curious why they seem to have zero clue that the success of the original is based entirely on the chemistry between the hosts, so throwing three strangers together that have absolutely no chemistry or charisma is just baffling. I'd love to know who they passed on for this project, if they felt that Fichtner and a completely unknown NHRA guy were their best choices.
     
  5. TonyTheTiger

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    I think the team that chose the hosts must be the same people who thought that last year's presidential candidates (all parties) were the best ones to be ruler of the free world!
     
  6. RonDawg

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    I just finished episode 3. It was just....horrible. I can't believe they cancelled the old Top Gear US only to replace it with this.

    And that minivan may have been fast, but who cares? It's still a minivan.
     
  7. RonDawg

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    What's even amazing is that Tom Ford's work on Fifth Gear I thought was pretty good. Same when he co-hosted Mud, Sweat, and Gears with Jonny Smith. But you wouldn't think he possessed any TV charisma if this is the only thing you've seen him in.
     
  8. redrouteone

    redrouteone This Space for Lease TCF Club

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    The films are way to short. Seems like they just get started and it is over.

    Hell they managed to screw up the cheap car challenge and that is a TopGear staple.
     
  9. HerronScott

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    OK watched the 2nd and 3rd episodes tonight and I don't think that I'll be recording any more.

    The segment that I liked the best out of all 3 episodes was the short on Magnus Walker where the hosts were absent for the most part. I would have liked that to have been longer and learn more about the cars that he's built.

    Scott
     
  10. osu1991

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    The cheap campers were a waste of 6 mins of film. The Magnus film was the best thing they've done so far.
     
  11. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Watched episode 3 last night. Wow. I just can't figure out how a show that is so well produced by the BBC in the UK is being done by such amateurs for BBCA. There were several times during the episode where it was painfully obvious that they inserted dialogue recorded at another time and intercut it with the live footage. I'm sure they do that all the time with the BBC show, but it always sounds seamless.

    Also, Fichtner isn't doing himself any favors. The camper film really made it seem like he wants to be in a completely different type of show.

    Since this thread is specific to S01E01, we probably shouldn't be talking spoilers about future episodes. Can the OP ask the mods to change the thread title? I think that would be better than trying to migrate the discussion to a new thread.
     
  12. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I changed the title
     
  13. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Especially now that the original has an American host. Plus several of last Season's episodes were filmed in the USA, so it's basically a hybrid show at this point anyway.
     
  14. lambertman

    lambertman LIVE! On tape

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    Thanks. I was just researching how to send requests to the mods.

    Live viewership numbers have already dropped by a third. I was doing some major backflips in the OP to put a positive spin on the start, but it's not improving a bit. Won't be sad when it goes away.
     
  15. LoadStar

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    That was sort of my thought process. There's really little reason they couldn't do sort of like what they did with "Doctor Who" for a little while... have BBC America join BBC as co-producers, and have a set number of the episodes focus on stuff in America. With the additional money from BBC America, they could even potentially expand the number of episodes per year.
     
  16. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I'm pretty sure they've done the calculations and have determined that the number of additional viewers they could get in the US with that kind of model isn't great enough to warrant the investment. Whereas the potential of creating an entirely new product that could attract millions of US viewers and even be a potential export to the rest of the world is very attractive.

    Basically, you're asking an entertainment producer to choose between investing their money in an existing product that might make a nice comfortable 5% return on their money, or investing in a new product that might result in them making their investment back many times over. The chances of the latter are so great that most producers will choose that over the former every day of the week.
     
  17. RonDawg

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    I think part of the problem is they spend WAY too long talking to the guest before his drive. That's something like 5 minutes of useless banter. Add the fact that commercials cut into the US version and it makes the remaining time painfully short.

    It wasn't so much of a challenge as it was a way of introducing that super-camper.
     
  18. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Exactly. They even conveniently made sure there weren't any other "crappy" cars at the campsite where the super-camper was. And then that conveniently gave them an excuse to show off the wirelessly remote-controlled winch on the super-camper. :rolleyes:
     
  19. ClutchBrake

    ClutchBrake Pass the gravy!

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    There is "Oh gosh, this is not very good. I'll give them some time to turn it around." There is also, "Oh my God this is awful. I'm never going to watch this again."

    This show is the latter.

    And with that, I'm out!
     
  20. mattack

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    Mostly being devil's advocate, but I presume you mean the hosts from 2003 on..? (i.e. there have been different hosts of the British show, not even counting the original 1970s one).
     

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