Jeremy Clarkson, James May And Richard Hammond Begin Filming New Show
Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are back! Ok, that’s not entirely true. The former Top Gear hosts are filming their new motoring show for Amazon Prime. The always-quotable Clarkson recently posted a photo to his Twitter account showing him flanked by both May and Hammond, with the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder lined up side-by-side behind them. The photo was accompanied by a message from Clarkson saying that filming for their new motoring show on Amazon Prime has just begun.
There are still no details on what the new show will be called (although "Gear Knobs" is one rumor), or when it’s going to premier, but seeing the boys back together is reason enough for Top Gear fans to get excited. Judging by the photo, it appears the three won’t have any problems getting auto manufacturers to lend them cars for the new show, even though they don’t have the BBC’s wallet to call on.
Then again, it’s not like the shipping giant and up-and-coming TV streaming service is short on finances. A report from the Daily Mirror back in July 2015 indicated Amazon will pay the three hosts and producer Andy Wilman a total of $250 million for three 12-episode seasons.
The tweet also contained Clarkson’s unmistakable sarcasm when he described the “skeleton crew” that he, May, and Hammond were working with. But the photo seems to show otherwise, with over 50 crew members, a fancy-looking production rig, and two large trucks in the background.
It’s just too bad that a certain tame racing driver who listens to national anthems when he drives won’t be joining in on the fun.
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Why it matters
It’s been a while since we last saw Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond on the screen together, so it’s a great relief the boys are finally returning. Granted, it’s going to be on a different platform now that streaming services like Netflix and Amazon are slowly changing the television landscape.
That’s right, the new show isn’t going to be on cable or satellite. It’s going to be through a subscription-based streaming service called Prime Instant Video. A one-year subscription to the service will cost $99 a year, so if anybody’s looking for access to the still-to-be-named motoring show featuring our beloved ex-Top Gear troika, that’s the amount they’ll have to shell out.
The subscription includes Amazon Prime membership, which offers free two-day shipping, book loans from Kindle, and access to the Prime Music service.
I’m not sure how other people will try to get access to the new motoring show, but I’m more than willing to shell out $100 a year to get it. Besides, the streaming network will have plenty of other titles in the oven, so that’s a pretty good deal as far as I’m concerned.