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U.S. Version Of Top Gear Is A Go, Car Show to Air on History Channel

Wednesday April 28th, 2010 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

top gear usaAfter two failed starts, a U.S. version of Top Gear is finally happening.

Top Gear has been a smash hit in the UK, but a U.S. version is has had trouble getting off the line. Since 2007, the BBC has attempted to create an American Top Gear, but has went through two different revisions of hosts. Finally, the cast has been finalized and the History Channel has announced that they have picked up ten episodes of the show.

The current cast is “funnyman” Rutledge Wood, actor Adam Ferrara and professional driver Tanner Foust. The identity of the American Stig is a mystery and likely classified under the Department of Homeland Security. Can the three U.S. hosts match the charisma and humor that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have? One celebrity fears that an American Top Gear might not work.

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BBC Announces Top Gear Video Game

Saturday February 13th, 2010 at 11:22 PM
Posted by: michael.leroy

Top Gear Video Game
Could a great TV show about cars also be a good video game?

Video games are a $45 billion-a-year market and the BBC plans on getting into that lucrative market with a Top Gear video game. The company plans on producing a series of games based off several popular TV shows. The Top Gear video game will most likely be on the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS, since they have the largest share of the video game market. Strangely enough, some outlets are reporting that a Facebook version of the game is also a possibility.

While there is a chance a Top Gear game could be good, more than likely it’s just going to be a cheap cash-in. Television shows don’t translate well to other forms of media and especially video games.  For example, the popular ABC show Lost was a terrible video game. The game was plagued by bad voice acting and terrible game play mechanics.

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