Top Gear Australia Axed, Charlie Sheen Roasted

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Nine announces a new Tuesday night line-up, as it is confirmed that Top Gear Australia has been axed.

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In an unexpected move typical of the schedule-shifting network, yesterday's episode of Top Gear Australia was the last we'll see for a while. Or, ever.

Top Gear Australia presenter Steve Pizzati confirmed the news on his Twitter feed this morning: "It's true -- as of next week, TGA will be on at the special time of not at all. Sorry to the open-minded people that gave it a go AND enjoyed!"

"We're told the last three episodes will make an appearance in the summer. Or try Blockbuster Video in the BetaMax section."

Based on the popular BBC program, the Australian version of the motoring series premiered successfully on SBS in 2008, but the second season saw ratings drop, and the show moved to Nine in 2010, along with the original series.

Despite drawing a record audience of more than 1.5 million for its season three premiere, the latest season has struggled, dropping to approximately 400,000 viewers over the past fortnight.

Swapping one car wreck with another, Nine will air The Charlie Sheen Roast in the timeslot left vacant by Top Gear Australia.

The new Two and a Half Men, starring Ashton Kutcher, and new local series The Joy of Sets, with Tony Martin and Ed Kavalee, will debut prior to the Top Gear replacement, at 8:30pm and 9pm respectively.

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