via press release:
HISTORY(R) FIRES UP NEW EPISODES OF TOP GEAR U.S. HOSTED BY TANNER FOUST, RUTLEDGE WOOD AND ADAM FERRARA
ANNOUNCES TALENT SET TO APPEAR IN "BIG STAR SMALL CAR" INCLUDING ED BURNS AND JOE MONTEGNA
NEW EPISODES PREMIERE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 9PM ET/PT ALONG WITH TOP SHOT WHICH PREMIERES AT 10PM ET/PT "TOP TUESDAYS"
February 13, 2011, New York, NY - HISTORY is set to premiere new episodes of the U.S. version of Top Gear on Tuesday, February 14, at 9pm ET/PT. To date the second season of the critically-acclaimed and popular series has attracted 35% growth in Adults 25-54 vs. Season One, and continues to deliver HISTORY's youngest audience ever.
Top Gear is hosted by champion race car driver Tanner Foust, racing analyst Rutledge Wood and comedian Adam Ferrara.
Talent set to appear on Top Gear for the "Big Star Small Car" segments includes: Ed Burns, Lake Bell, John huertas, Joe Montegna, Stephen Moyer, Kal Penn and Patrick Warburton.
In eight new episodes, Tanner, Adam and Rutledge push the envelope even further with crazier challenges, bigger stunts, faster cars and plenty of high jinks. They set out to master Big Rig driving and deliver dangerous cargo across Michigan with explosive results; transport unsuspecting celebrities to the Primetime Emmy(R) Awards in homemade one-of-a-kind limousines; and compete over who has chosen the perfect convertible supercar for a mystery billionaire celebrity client, on a road trip to New York City. The hosts also crown the best modern muscle car, America's most dangerous car and the worst vehicle in the country. In a nod to the past the hosts attempt to conquer the Rocky Mountains on a pioneer trail in the modern day version of the covered wagon - soccer mom vans.
Tanner, Adam and Rutledge take things to a new, thrilling and customarily ridiculous level. 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 is a produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and is co-production between HISTORY and BBC Worldwide. John Hesling is Executive Producer. Executive producer for HISTORY is Russ McCarroll.
About Top Gear
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 made its stateside debut on BBC America in 2007. 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, continues to be a global success.
HISTORY(R) and HISTORY HD(R) are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network's program offerings are hit series such as American Pickers, Ax Men, Brad Meltzer's Decoded, Ice Road Truckers, Top Gear, Pawn Stars and Top Shot, as well as acclaimed specials including America the Story of Us, WWII in HD, 102 Minutes That Changed America, The President's Book of Secrets and Life After People. HISTORY has earned four Peabody Awards, seven Primetime Emmy(R) Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy(R) Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's Save Our History(R) campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network's signature initiative connecting America's schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY website, located at www.history.com, is the leading online resource for all things history, featuring over 20,000 videos, images, audio clips, articles and interactive features that allow visitors to dig deeper into a broad range of thousands of historical topics.
About BBC Worldwide Productions
BBC Worldwide Productions, led by Jane Tranter, is based in Los Angeles and develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible for the smash hit "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC), "Top Gear" (HISTORY), "What Not to Wear" (TLC), "Torchwood: Miracle Day" (Starz), "Hairy Bikers" (HISTORY) and the upcoming titles "The Week the Women Went" (Lifetime), "The Next Big Thing" (Oxygen), "Lovetown, USA" (OWN) and "Da Vinci's Demons" (Starz). BBC Worldwide Productions sits within one of six core businesses that form BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).