Top Gear in America

So I’m late on this but word has it that NBC will be doing an American version of the British show Top Gear. I love Top Gear but I honestly do not want to see this show state side. Like other British shows transformed for the American audience this will be a dud, the likes of “Faulty Towers”, “Coupling” and “Wild at Heart” come to mind as recently translated shows that we utter failures. Scripted shows such as these fail in their crossover because the producers of the American version ignore the intangibles that made to original so great to watch. For instance the Top Gear UK host of Hammon, May and Clarkson are crudely frank with their reviews of cars and all share a youthful enthusiasm for the cars they drive or wreck in their weekly challenges. Also they are not gear heads, meaning they relate better to the causal viewer but at the same time do not alienate the gear heads who tune in to watch their show. They do not even bother about being politically correct, especially Jeremy Clarkson, and then as a bonus are funny without trying too hard or even trying at all.

These intangibles I’m afraid will be overlooked by the Top Gear US producers. Honestly do you believe any of the US host critically give a beating to a Ford car? Especially at this time of economic hardship experienced by American Auto manufacturers and especially since Top Gear USA might want their ad money. Upon seeing the hosts for US show I even fear for the worst as all sense of a staying true to the original have been shot to the high heavens. Already the suits at NBC are putting spin stating that they not looking to make an exact replica of the UK version and the audience they are targeting for the show aren’t those who are fans of the UK version.

I’ll tune in on the premier day on for the sake of curiosity and give them a chance, but if it sucks like CBS “Payne” (“Faulty Towers” remake) it is going to join a growing list of remake dubs.


2 Responses to “Top Gear in America”

  1. 1 Jon Andrews July 9, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    I could not agree more. This is why I setup a specific site, American TV companies have a history of reproducing UK TV shows and doing a very bad job (with the exception of The Office)

  1. 1 Bookmarks about Gear Trackback on September 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm

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