I don’t even know what to say. Jay Leno’s spot on about the upcoming American version of Top Gear.
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First they ruined Coupling and now this. We’ve hyped the British show Top Gear several times on the Deuce. If you haven’t caught it on BBC America, you’re missing out. We’d venture to say it’s one of the best shows on tv right now.
An American version of Top Gear is in the works and Edmonds Inside Line reports that Adam Corolla has been lined up to host the American version. So much for that. The British version revolves around three hosts who combine great senses of humor along with decent knowledge about cars. We can’t speak to Corolla’s knowledge of cars but we do question whether he would be able to carry the show. Top Gear on BBC works in part due to the interaction between the hosts. We also imagine the American version would be tamer due to the puritanical standards of broadcast tv and the delicate sensitivities of the American viewing public.
Here’s a little sample of what you’re missing if you haven’t seen Top Gear. This is a clip from their American road trip.
Here’s a 747 blowing different vehicles off course.
Don’t fuck this up, Corolla.
This has nothing to do with sports unless you count the fact Gordon Ramsey used to play football in Scotland. If you haven’t seen The F Word on BBC America, you should check it out. Gordon Ramsey lets himself go more than he does on Hell’s Kitchen.
In this clip, he goes up against James May from Top Gear. Also an excellent show on BBC America. If you’re at work, you should probably turn down the volume as F bombs fly left and right.
There’s no good reason why BBC America doesn’t show Top Gear over here. Note that there are no berets involved in this experiment.