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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

BBC's Top Gear coming to North America

BBC's awesome auto show Top Gear is coming to NBC.

It will be an american version remake.

No Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond or James May, and obviously no dry humour'd, witty English banter between the three.

With the legal issues that you would face in so many of the facets of making the show in the US i doubt they could duplicate the fun segments that make the BBC show what it is. Racing a Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren against a boat cross country to Oslo,... a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti vs. a plane to switzerland,... a Fiat Panda vs. a marathon runner across the city in rush hour traffic (see below). They even have a segment on each show where they invite someone of prominence whether it be an actor or politician and talk only about cars! what they drive,.. what cars have they owned... etc. And then they put them on a track, time them and put their time on a leaderboard with all the previous guests' times (see below). fun.

Well, I guess only time will tell if the 'peacock' of prime time can get this right. I might be of the minority here but I think NBC's version of The Office fails miserably in comparison to the BBC original. (But that might not be necessarily a NBC issue. Nothing against Steve Carell (He was especially hilarious in 'Anchorman') but he has big shoes to fill in re-making Ricky Gervais' role)

some of my favorite clips

'Car Soccer'. As fun as it sounds.

Fiat Panda vs. marathon runner - part1

Fiat Panda vs. marathon runner - part2

and finally:
Top Gear interview with Simon Cowell
If you do actually watch this, the interesting thing is that Simon now owns a Rolls Royce. funny.


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  • Have you seen the one where they try to destroy the Toyota truck? That sucker wouldn't die.


    By Blogger Mike, At March 22, 2008 12:27 PM  

  • i haven't seen it... until now.
    see what i mean? best car show hands down bar none. and how are they ever going to do stuff like that in north america? btw, great segment. they must've put the fire out before it complete ravaged the car.. but still impressive. and the building.. wow.

    By Blogger simply j., At March 22, 2008 11:27 PM  

  • What is it with guys and this show?? It's big Down Under too...

    Have you seen much of The (US) Office? It's pretty funny in it's own right. Sure the first season was pretty dismal cos it tried to be The (UK) Office, but definitely stands on it's own legs now IMHO.

    By Blogger highbrow, At March 24, 2008 6:31 PM  

  • top gear rocks! when the show was cancelled and then brought back minus tiff needle people thought it might not do as well. even though tiff was awesome the current format is a winner and the 3 hosts complement each other well.

    i never liked nbc's the office. i've given it a try and watched clips here and there.. even though it's funny at times it's not the laugh-out-loud type of funny (for me anyway) that i like. it's too overacted in my opinion. maybe it's the fact that it's kind of portrayed docu style.. i dunno.

    By Blogger simply j., At March 24, 2008 6:45 PM  

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