When it comes to TV, America excels at taking beloved British programming and making a degraded version that appeals to our dumber populace (meanwhile, the Brits are still jealous we made “The Wire”). Popular examples of this include “The Office” and Discovery’s “Life” being narrated by Oprah instead of accomplished naturalist David Attenborough. To that list we can now add “Top Gear,” BBC 2’s top-rated show that will be Americanized for History Channel this fall.
The network has made a 10-episode commitment to “Gear,” which showcases all things automotive: customization, stunts, reviews and auto-centric celebrity interviews. History’s “Gear” will be hosted by comedian and “Rescue Me” co-star Adam Ferrara, stunt driver Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood [pictured L-R]…
“The history of the automobile and the history of America are intimately intertwined — to celebrate one is to celebrate the other,” History president and GM Nancy Dubuc said. “We’ll stay true to the original format and add a sense of the American car culture.” [THR]
I know the cool thing to do is to put the original U.K. show on a pedestal and pooh-pooh the American version in advance, but this makes sense to me. “Top Gear” is an excellent show, but America has a much stronger car culture, better roads, and a lot more open highway. We invented the car, fer chrissakes. The car, and kicking England’s ass. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!