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Top Gear Fans - read it and weep
The cast of the US Top Gear for NBC has been set.
Television and radio comedian Adam Carolla, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust, and TV construction guru Eric Stromer, will lead NBC's pilot of the international smash hit series "Top Gear." The production will begin later this week.
The horror. The horror.

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z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: June 18th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've never heard of two of those guys, nor found Adam Carolla particularly funny - and I have to wonder what the hell a construction guy and a comedian have to do with motoring, come to that. It seems likely the US version will concentrate on the wacky stunts and slapstick humor of the original, but without the actual knowing things about cars.

Still, since it'll be mostly about American cars, and American cars mostly suck, no big loss. I'll just keep watching the real one.
wedgex From: wedgex Date: June 18th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Looks like they're hybriding Clarkson and Hammond between Carolla and Foust. Carolla can be funny; when he was running opposite Dr. Drew on Love Line on the radio out here, he was great fun to listen to, most of the time playing the outlandish idiot that occasionally breaks through with real bits of insight (which, while he certainly might not match Jeremy Clarkson in the *style*, pretty much fits Clarkson's personality to a T). Sounds like he's a bit of a gearhead himself as well, but he's got a bunch of Hammond's goofy as well. Throwing in an actual race car driver would balance that.

And that leaves Stromer to be the James May, jack of all trades type. They're at least paying attention to the structure, but odds are they're not quite going to capture the feeling you get from the UK show that, once the cameras are off, the lads go down to the local and continue the same discussions they were just having over a pint, even if that's not true.

I'll check it out, if only because, as I've said, given the right space Carolla can Be That Guy.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: June 18th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
the feeling you get from the UK show that, once the cameras are off, the lads go down to the local and continue the same discussions they were just having over a pint, even if that's not true.

Except pretty much all accounts I've found (admittedly, this is primarily in the form of James May's newspaper columns and mention of the other two in Hammond and his wife's memoir of his jet car crash, but still), it is true. Granted, they mock the popular expectation a bit (there are few car tests that have a bit at the end along the lines of, "So we retired to the house in Fulham we all live in together to discuss the matter over dinner," complete with James doing the cooking), but as far as I can tell, they really are mates who hang out when they're not at work.

(Especially May and Hammond. There's a hilarious bit in May on Motors where James describes how an evening spent drinking and cocking about on eBay with a friend whose name decency forbids him mentioning, except to say that it starts with "R" and ends with "ichard Hammond", culminated in James buying a Mini and not knowing he'd done it until the next day. :)
sciroccoguy From: sciroccoguy Date: June 18th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, I'm seeing FAIL written all over this, even though I will give it a chance, just because I love the UK version so much. But, like some others have said, I am concerned they won't actually know anything about the cars, thus missing the car enthusaist perspective that honestly is one of the main reasons why people the world over love the original. I'm seeing this doing slightly better than Coupling. LOL
charmingmuse From: charmingmuse Date: June 18th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
OK, Adam Carolla I can deal with in small doses, and I have a love for Eric Stromer as my second favorite TLC home makeover show carpenter of all time. (Carter Oosterhouse- I'd like to climb like a tree) But Stromer has never struck me as anything more than a pretty face who could swing a hammer pretty well.

I have a feeling there are going to be a few cast revisions on this one.
akira_hojo76 From: akira_hojo76 Date: June 18th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
But who will be the American equivalent of the Stig?
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