• TopGear USA host finaly announced: Adam Carolla, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer

TopGear executives finally announced who will be the trio for the American version of the prestigious franchise.

Adam Carolla, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer will have the responsibility to make the US version a success.

The show will start recording at the end of the week and will probably not be aired before late in 2009.

Jeremy comment about the new upcoming show “This is fantastic news - but how on earth you lot are going to do it on the wrong side of the road I’ve no idea.”

Let’s hope the American trio will live up to the very high expectation we have for this show.

Press release after the jump, includes more info about the producer and hosts credentials.

Press Release

NBC’S ‘TOP GEAR’ BUCKLES UP ITS HOSTS FOR HIGH-OCTANE PILOT FROM BBC WORLDWIDE AMERICA BASED ON INTERNATIONAL HIT FRANCHISE

BURBANK - June 16, 2008 - 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.

Produced by BBC Worldwide America, the U.S. version of the hit franchise will mirror the UK show’s irreverent humor and camaraderie between the three presenters, epic races, outrageous stunts and challenges, unique celebrity guest participation and eccentric methods of testing cars.

"This franchise is a proven winner worldwide and the hosting team of Adam, Tanner and Eric that we have brought together for the U.S. version offers a perfect match of humor, insider know-how and priceless track experience," said Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment. "We are going to create a high-powered show that, like the original, will keep viewers in every demographic clutching the edge of their seats."

“These three guys will get to drive the world’s most amazing cars, go on incredible road trips and blow stuff up. It’s a dirty old job but someone has to do it…why didn’t I get the job?!” said Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, TV Sales and Content & Production, BBC Worldwide America.

Jeremy Clarkson, executive producer and host of the UK “Top Gear” said: “This is fantastic news - but how on earth you lot are going to do it on the wrong side of the road I’ve no idea.”

Adam Carolla:

TopGear USA host finaly announced: Adam Carolla, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer
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Television and radio personality Adam Carolla is host of the daily, nationally-syndicated radio program “The Adam Carolla Show,” based out of Los Angeles’ KLSX 97.1/ FREE FM. With partners Jimmy Kimmel and Daniel Kellison, Carolla created Jackhole Industries where he produced and starred in two hit Comedy Central shows, "The Man Show" and "Crank Yankers." Carolla also co-hosted the nationally-syndicated radio program “Loveline” with Dr. Drew Pinsky for 10 years, as well as its TV version on MTV. Carolla also recently wrote and starred in the independent, award-winning feature film, “The Hammer.” In season six of “Dancing with the Stars,” Adam became the first ever contestant to complete a Paso Doble on a unicycle. Carolla is an avid car collector and owns several classic collectible Lamborghinis, Maseratis, two Ferraris and an Audi S4.

Tanner Foust:

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Tanner Foust is in high-demand as a stunt driver, with film credits including “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “The Dukes of Hazard.” Foust is a winning competitor in rally, drift, ice racing and time attack with multiple champion podium placements including the 2007 X Games Rally Champion and 2007 Formula Drift Pro Drift Champion. His varied race experience includes open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (2002 - 2004), five Ice Racing championships and the 2005 PGT Rally Championship. He also holds class lap records at numerous U.S. road courses in Time Attack. In addition, Foust also hosted “Supercars Exposed” for the SPEED channel. Foust’s car of choice is a tricked-out M3.

Eric Stromer:

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Eric Stromer, host of the HGTV show "Over Your Head," started life in construction and remodeling houses after a short acting career as a soap opera hunk was abruptly ended by a Styrofoam boulder on the set of “Santa Barbara.” For 20 years he ran a successful building company before becoming the face of HGTV’s hit show. He’s a regular on Adam Carolla’s nationally-syndicated radio show giving out construction advice, and also appears on TLC’s “Clean Sweep,” NBC’s “Three Wishes” and is a special correspondent for “The Insider.” Stromer prefers his Camry hybrid.

About the Executive Producers:

The pilot of “Top Gear” will be executive produced by Tod Mesirow and Kevin Harris. Mesirow’s background includes producing credits on “Wired Science,” Discovery Channel’s “Smash Lab,” “Mythbusters,” and “Monster Garage.” He also executive produced Discovery Studio’s “Overhaulin’” for TLC. Harris’ credits include “The Apprentice” and “The Baby Borrowers” for NBC.

About Top Gear:

The series, which premiered in the UK in 1977, is consistently BBC TWO’s most-watched program in the UK. The UK version of “Top Gear” is broadcast globally in over 100 countries and has been airing on BBC America since 2007. The program has been the recipient of various awards including National Television Awards, BAFTAs, Broadcast Award, Royal Television Society Awards and an International Emmy Award. Top celebrity guests have included Hugh Grant, Simon Cowell, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren and Gordon Ramsay. In addition to the television show, the “Top Gear” brand has achieved global success. The self-titled magazine Top Gear continues to be both the best-selling car and men’s magazines in the UK. Internationally, Top Gear is the leading motoring media brand.

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11 comments:

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.20.2008

Haha! I wouldn’t trust myself in a car like that either.

AK47  (82) posted on 06.19.2008

AK, now they will not trust you to crash a Veyron :d

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.18.2008

By wall, I meant something less than six inches in height.

Driving a Veyron will be worth it though. But if they gave me one to crash, chances are I will blast away in it rather than destroy something that good. Who’s gonna catch me in a car that fast?

AK47  (1) posted on 06.17.2008

I can’t take credit for the following quote... but it mimics my sentiments exactly... "TV shows are bait so we’ll watch the commercials, and (hopefully) be influenced by them. Advertising buyers pay for the show. What kind of idiot marketing guy is going to pay to run a 30-second Ford F-150 spot right after some show host spends 12 minutes talking trash about how they borrowed the suspension technology from the Romans? More than that, the car companies are likely to leverage _all_ their advertising on the whole network if things get ugly.

The BBC is an entirely different business model. In the UK, if you own a TV, you have to have a license for it. No, I’m not kidding. The license fee pays for the BBC.

It might work on PBS, if it weren’t run by hippies who want to show us all how to paint happy little trees.

Maybe it could work on HBO or Showtime...non-ad supported, and willing to take a risk.

On real TopGear:
The Prius was trash, and bad for the environment.
Malaysians all wear leaves for shoes.
The French are cheese-eating surrender monkeys.
The quintessentially German car has a satnav that only goes to Poland.

Could you imagine?"

There is not a snow balls chance in Hell of the American model being even remotely like the British one. I seriously hold little faith in the success of this proje

AK47  (520) posted on 06.17.2008

AK47, to bad you’re not going to be able to spend all that money they will give you after you will crash a Veyron at top speed against a concrete wall :d

i think that the show is a bad idea, but who knows, maybe they will make a nice show, something to watch when you have nothing else to dosmiley

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.17.2008

On second thoughts, just don’t produce this show.

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.17.2008

Iam no American but you might as well give me a shot at it. Chances are, I drive better than the other two TV idiots.

As for stunts, for the right money, I will crash a Veyron at top speed against a concrete wall.

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.17.2008

Whats wrong with the original TopGear? These people will be testing muscle cars majority of the time and bragging about them while trying to come up with clever lines, probably from FRIENDS, something totally American. The original Top Gear has worldwide appeal.

AK47  (3) posted on 06.16.2008

thay look wired !!

i don’t thing that thay will make it

AK47  (520) posted on 06.16.2008

i don’t think that they will make a better TopGear then the BBC

AK47  (47) posted on 06.16.2008

wtf who’s Erick Stromer? What about his experience makes him qualified to be a Top Gear presenter? He’s in construction for goodness sakes, he should stay on HGTV. Jay Leno would have been a much better choice. He’s an avid car enthusiast and he’s funny.

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