'Top Gear' (US) Renewed For Third Season by History

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May 11th, 2012

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New York, NY, May 11, 2012 – HISTORY announced today that the new season of the U.S. version of Top Gear is beginning production.  The second season of the critically-acclaimed and popular series broke into the millionaire’s club with 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 18-49 (+30 and +22 vs. S1, respectively) and is the youngest skewing series on HISTORY. Season Two was seen by nearly 60 million viewers.


Top Gear is hosted by comedian Adam Ferrara, champion race car driver Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood.


In their third season Tanner, Adam and Rutledge will be embarking on some of the most epic journeys on the planet, and exploring our own great nation while testing the limits of the world’s most prestigious – and infamous – automobiles.   From the Swamps of Louisiana to Utah’s Monument Valley and the Alaskan wilderness, if it has four wheels, these guys want to drive it (and if they're Adam, wreck it!). This season Adam, Tanner and Rut will race against speed boats, snowmobiles and jets, test the most modern police cars (hint: it’s not the Crown Victoria) and see how far you can REALLY get on one tank of gas.


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 for HISTORY 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® is the leading destination for factual entertainment, including award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming,  features a litany of hits including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Ice Road Truckers®, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and Top Shot® as well as epic specials such as the Emmy® Award-winning Gettysburg, America The Story of Us, WWII in HD and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial.  www.history.com

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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), and the upcoming titles Breaking Pointe (CW), Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz), The Week the Women Went (Lifetime), The Next Big Thing (Oxygen), Lives on Fire (OWN), Big Brooklyn Style (TLC) and Lovetown, USA (OWN), among others. 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).

  • Survivor Fan

    ANy news about Top Shot?

  • ATK

    Can this be a joke…please? I’m sorry but I tried, compared to the UK its crap. Glad other people have found a place for it but I fail to see the appeal.

  • Coffeemarc

    There was a Season 2?? Yawn. The obvious problem to Top Gear fans is that while the format is the same, the complete lack of energy between the three hosts in the U.S. version makes it less than compelling to watch.

    It’s not like we don’t have our own personalities that would work! Come ON, try again and I’ll be a faithful viewer.

  • krawhitham

    60 million viewers? in what Fringe’s alternate universe

  • admlshake

    They focus to much on the comedy parts of the show, there needs to be more car reviews. And it would be nice if they just stopped trying to copy the BBC version. Most of their “challenges” have been direct copies from the British version.

  • Nick

    I think they meant 6.0 million viewers. Lol

  • groove365

    TG US isn’t as good as the UK show but it isn’t that bad.
    Would you rather have more Motorweek type shows?

    I thought not.

  • Josh

    I don’t know why people give TG US so much crap. Season 1 was pretty bad, I’ll admit (apart from the Alaska special), but Season 2 was amazing and the hosts are really finding their stride. I’m eagerly looking forward to Season 3.

  • Erin

    Yeah, they’ve definitely come into their own! The second season was awesome! All you haters just don’t know great TV when you see it–or have you even seen it since season 1? If not, you’re opinion is based on ignorance. They actually have very loyal fans, and lots of them!!!

    I’m so looking forward to season 3!

  • CalHalo

    I agree I think the show is great. Its nice for the NOT so car guys and the NOT so car gals. I think that all the haters must be from Across the pond. We AMERICANS like Fast, Fun, And down right Stupid things and in a good way this show brings it. I have watched the UK Top Gear and it SUCKS. Talk about boring as heck. If I really wanted to watch abunch of Brits sit around and just TALK about cars I would move there. But I live in AMERICA. Where the show does not need to be on the air unless there is something blowing up… Just sayin.

  • James

    The show really did start to pick up once we reached the Alaskan Special. From then on the show was awesome. I love both the shows honestly. The point is to just enjoy them, not compare them and pick ours appart for its faults. They have the same name, but are complete opposites. The BBC version has plenty of its own brand of humour and is a great place for hardcore car lovers. The History Channel version is full of energy, comedy, and still manages to fit in the cars. They are vompletely diffrent and manage to enjoy both.

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