When NBC decided not to pursue the idea of an American spinoff of “TopGear,” rumors emerged that other networks were interested in picking up the idea. Sure enough, the History Channel announced it’s partnering with the BBC to create a U.S. version, which should air later this fall.
As it’s unique to the U.S., the show will differ from the British program beloved by many gearheads around the world. Don’t expect to see any of the three U.K. presenters — James May, Jeremey Clarkson, and Richard Hammond — appear. For that matter, don’t expect most of NBC’s proposed hosts to carry over, either.
Tanner Foust, an accomplished stunt driver and professional drifter, is the only carryover from the NBC lineups. Comedian Adam Carolla has apparently been replaced with comedian/actor Adam Ferrara, who currently stars on FX’s Rescue Me alongside Dennis Leary. Rutledge Wood, presently a NASCAR analyst and commentator on Speed TV, rounds up the group. Here’s hoping the trio can quickly establish the same camaraderie and humor as their British counterparts.
Precise airdates for the show have yet to be announced, but History Channel does plan on airing the first 10 episodes this fall.