U.S. ‘Top Gear’ Renewed by History for a Second Season
via press release:
HISTORY(R) REVS UP FOR SECOND SEASON OF U.S. “TOP GEAR” HOSTED BY ADAM FERRARA, TANNER FOUST AND RUTLEDGE WOOD
Hit series produced by BBC Worldwide Productions starts shooting this spring
February 10, 2011, New York, NY – HISTORY today announced that the U.S. version of Top Gear, was given the Green Light for season 2. The critically-acclaimed and popular series attracted the youngest viewers of any series on HISTORY ever. Overall nearly 60 million tuned in to Season 1.
Season 2 of Top Gear on HISTORY, based on the award-winning BBC series, will begin production this spring. Top Gear is a co-production between HISTORY and BBC Worldwide.
The series is hosted by comedian Adam Ferrara, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood. John Hesling is Executive Producer. Russ McCarroll is Executive Producer for HISTORY.
Jeremy Clarkson, host of the UK Top Gear, commented on HISTORY’s Top Gear, “Top Gear is our baby so you can understand why Hammond, May and I were anxious about passing it on to the presenters of the US show. We needn’t have worried because Top Gear is clearly in safe hands, even if they do insist on speaking in those stupid accents. Watching an episode from series 1 with Richard and James, we found ourselves in a genuinely heated debate about which of the presenters’ cars was best. We were just three ordinary chaps watching a car show and loving it, which is exactly what Top Gear should be. Bring on series 2.”
Featuring super-cars, extreme stunts and challenges, car reviews and celebrity interviews, Top Gear is the home for anyone with a love of cars. The U.S. version is chock-full of high-adrenaline action entertainment as it tracks the colorful history of the automobile as well as the eccentric adventures of its hosts with Top Gear’s customary wit and humor. The series harkens back to HISTORY’s very first day, and the network’s very first program ever to air, Automobiles: Corvette.
Top Gear, which premiered in the UK in 1977, is consistently BBC TWO’s most-watched program in the UK. Top Gear also reaches over 150 million households globally and currently airs on BBC America. One of the BBC’s premiere brands, Top Gear, the magazine, is the leading car publication in the UK, and the global road tour, Top Gear Live, proved to be a great success in 2009.
About BBC Worldwide Productions:
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In the U.S., BBC Worldwide Productions, one of BBC Worldwide’s seven core businesses, is based in Los Angeles and develops scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The studio is responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Top Gear (HISTORY), What Not to Wear (TLC) and Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz).
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