Top Gear to drive on other side of road

Under its new management, NBC has been reviving and repurposing shows at breakneck speed. Bionic Woman, American Gladiators, The Office, and Knight Rider are all based on previous ideas with many coming from the thumbs-up of NBC Entertainment cochairman Ben Silverman.

That trend is continuing with Top Gear, the BBC hit all about car culture. NBC has ordered a pilot of the reality series, the British version of which is currently available in the US on BBC America.

The show's format "fits perfectly into NBC's line-up of programming with male appeal," according to Silverman, with peeks at all sorts of vehicles with any number of wheels, the occasional death-defying stunt done by the anonymous test-driver known as "The Stig," and humorous dialogue.

The UK version of the show is hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, and was one of the most pirated shows in the world in 2007, according to torrent-tracker site TorrentFreak (NBC's Heroes was listed at number one). Other than putting the steering wheel on the other side, NBC has not detailed any changes to the Top Gear formula.

Top Gear debuted in 1977, but was revamped in 2002 and has skyrocketed in popularity. For more on the show, check out TV.com's previous coverage.

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I second that kinezumi
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you can make a US version of top gear but it will never come close to the UK version, many have tried and failed miserably to copy the 3 hosts style of presenting the show.

i will watch the US version just to see what they r thinking ;p in terms of cars 'n stuff.
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Would be good for the American viewers, because they wouldnt bang on about American cars all the time.

Doesnt apply to me since im from New Zealand, Ill continue to watch the UK version if both screen here.

It will take alot from the American show to come near to the level of quality from the original Top Gear.
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At least we will get to see more episodes
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I am overjoyed that there will be a US version of this show. I will agree with everyone that the UK version will still be the best, but it's a pain in the butt to wait for more episodes only to find out that they only did 5 that year for some reason and have to wait forever for more love. I share your concerns that the attitude of the US version will be much too... soft. The holy trinity of Clarkson/Hammond/May are amazing due to their ability to rip each other and their cars to pieces in the process of the reviews. I fear that the US version will say only nice things about the cars they review in order to maintain advertising dollars. As for the question of why we just don't show the originals over here in the US, that one's easy. Nobody in the US has ever heard of a Suzuki Learna (sp?) or Ford Mondeo. Most of the cars they review are purely for the EU market.
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I love Top Gear... I fear this remake. Predictions: the US version will be vastly less clever and much noisier and have wilder stunts; and all in all it will be lame. Of course, they could get Christopher Titus in as a presenter and that would spice things up a bit... he's a car-fu type guy.
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Rule #1 with British TV imports: The British version will always be the best whether or not the American version really is better or not.
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This really bothers me. There's so many episodes of "Top Gear" already made, and they could have just syndicated. I'm not a car person, and I watch the show not for the content, but because the hosts are so much fun. I mean really - I think we Americans can handle people who talk funny and drive on the wrong side of the road.
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boring
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Rule #1 with British TV imports: The British version will always be the best whether or not the American version really is better or not.
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Jeremy Clarkson is the best. the remake wont be the same with different presenters.
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The UK version will always be the best... no-one tops Clarkson, Hammond, and May!
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mammalazz - I'd suggest you check it out. British humor, irreverency and no pretenses. It's simply the hosts having a ton of fun playing with expensive cars and the like. Worth the time - I'm not a big car fan, nor is my girlfriend but we both never miss it.



But, I'll say, without someone who can bring the same amount of irreverency and wit to the show as the current trio, it will flop and the bad name of a poor NBC remake will turn off people from the original BBC one.
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never heard of the show
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I fail to see how NBC could find not one, but three motoring journalists who could or would attempt the stuff that our British Dynamic Trio have done in the last two years. Being inches from death after a 300mph crash, driving thru Alabama with "Nascar sucks" or "Man Love rules OK" painted on their vehicles... or trying to drive across the Great lakes in a converted pickup is a hard act for any American TV personality to follow. Maybe Steve O and the Jackass team could give it a go... NOT THAT I WOULD BE WATCHIN'! As they say... "If it ain't broke, NBC will rework it".
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Top Gear is one of the best shows on TV, but you'd better get some damn good presenters for the US version. The show is nothing without Clarkson, Hammond and May.
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Jeremy Clarkson is my hero.
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top gear without clarkson, hammond and may is heresy!
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Killer news... I love that show and the Discovery Channel chop up of it sucked!
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