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Amazon Announces Premiere Date For 'Top Gear' Remake

5/14/2016 11:06am EDT
'Top Gear' News: Amazon Show Gets Name, BBC Series Gets Premiere
Top Gear fans had dueling announcements this week, as Jeremy Clarkson and company finally revealed the name of their new Amazon Prime series on the same day that BBC America nailed down the US premiere date for the remade Top Gear.

Amazon has confirmed that the name of Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May's series will be The Grand Tour, and issued the very first press photo for the project (which you can see above).

The name is a nod toward the fact that each of the episodes will be from different locations around the world - including a truly worldwide studio audience, as Amazon will...
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Matt LeBlanc Joins Chris Evans In Third 'Top Gear' Trailer

5/8/2016 11:10am EDT
Matt LeBlanc Joins Chris Evans In Third 'Top Gear' Trailer
Another week, another Top Gear trailer. Just after releasing video of Matt LeBlanc off-roading for the revised incarnation of the car show, BBC America has dropped a third trailer that features LeBlanc and co-host Chris Evans palling around in Blackpool. It's an unorthodox spot to say the least, and we've included it here for you to watch.

The new ad opens with Evans and LeBlanc being welcomed to the city, before reeling off clips of the upcoming season, which still has no specific premiere date. It does, however, give audiences their first looks at co-hosts Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan i...
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Chris Evans' 'Top Gear' Gets Second Trailer, New After-Show

5/1/2016 11:02am EDT
Chris Evans' 'Top Gear' Gets Second Trailer, New After-Show
BBC America is continuing to throw its weight behind Chris Evans' new Top Gear. This week the network released its second teaser from the revamped show, featuring co-host Matt LeBlanc behind the wheel of an Ariel Nomad. By the end of the dusty shoot, LeBlanc (pictured above) is near unrecognizable!

Here's the video of him tearing through the desert, complete with the usual thundering rock music and a cameo appearance from a biker:

LeBlanc was also featured in the first Top Gear relaunch trailer that came out at the end of March.

To further promote the series BBCA is giving Evans Gear s...
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Check Out This New ‘Top Gear’ Trailer

4/2/2016 9:30am EDT
BBC America Premieres First Trailer For Chris Evans' 'Top Gear'
The first footage from BBC's revamped Top Gear is out there. On Thursday, BBC America released its initial trailer for "Season 23," giving audiences the initial look at the new series featuring Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.

Click below to watch the trailer, which includes LeBlanc "driving" a Reliant Rialto on the back of a recovery vehicle and a glimpse of Evans getting infamously car sick while filming with Sabine Schmitz in California:

In debuting the video, BBC America also made public some details of the new season. It was shot in five different countries - the United Kingdom, Unite...
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'Top Gear' USA Returns In April

3/26/2016 11:04am EDT
'Top Gear' USA Gets A Season 6 Premiere Date - And It's Soon
Finally! Top Gear will return to History on Apr. 26 at 9 p.m. for its sixth season, ending our long drought without more shenanigans from Rutledge Wood, Tanner Foust and Adam Ferrara.

The premiere date was revealed this week when the network started running on-air bugs during its programming.

No further details about the upcoming season are available just yet as History hasn't issued a formal release regarding the new episodes, but having a date - and one that's just about a month away - is good news for Top Gear fans, who have been waiting for something to sink their teeth into since las...
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BBC America Announces New James May Special

2/23/2016 9:35am EST
BBC America Announces 'James May's Build A Car In 24 Hours'
BBC America has announced plans to broadcast a new James May special next month, making things even more awkward as it also continues to push its revamped version of Top Gear.

James May's Build A Car In 24 Hours will be screened in three hour-long parts starting Monday, March 7 at 9 p.m. It's a retitled broadcast of Building Cars Live, which aired in two 90-minute installments on BBC Two in October.

Here's the trailer that BBC America premiered during Monday night's installment of its Top Gear: The Races clip show (warning: it's incredibly repetitive):

The special sees May and co-hosts...
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Check Out The New Lineup For 'Top Gear'

2/11/2016 10:22am EST
BBC America Names All Six New Presenters For 'Top Gear'
Chris Evans' new Top Gear will have six different people billed as hosts, after BBC America officially released the motoring show's new cast list in a press notice sent out late Wednesday night.

Joining Evans and Episodes star Matt LeBlanc, whose hiring was revealed last week, are the previously rumored Sabine Schmitz and Chris Harris, as well as Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan (second from right) and CNET presenter Rory Reid (first from left). The new Top Gear will also have its own version of The Stig, as shown in the above publicity photo.

The massive ensemble appears to lend creden...
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Matt LeBlanc Joining Chris Evans On 'Top Gear'

2/6/2016 11:10am EST
Matt LeBlanc Joining Chris Evans On 'Top Gear' - But In What Cap
The news for Chris Evans' version of Top Gear just keeps getting more and more surprising. The BBC announced this week that actor Matt LeBlanc will join Evans on the new incarnation of the motoring show, but just how big of a role he'll have in the series is frustratingly vague.

BBC's press release doesn't give any specifics on the Episodes star's role, and it refers to LeBlanc both as "one of the new presenters" and a "new Top Gear friend."

That second phrase makes more sense if you read a recent Radio Times report that says Evans is not building a traditional hosting team, but rather a ...
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'Top Gear' With Chris Evans To Premiere In May 2016

12/26/2015 10:03am EST
BBC America Sets Premiere For New 'Top Gear' With Chris Evans
BBC America has announced its plans to broadcast the revamped Top Gear with new host Chris Evans - and also revealed when American fans can expect to see the series on its airwaves.

The network posted a short teaser video to its YouTube channel on Christmas, indicating that season 23 of Top Gear will start in May 2016. No specific day was given, but we've provided the video clip below for you to check out:

Evans revealed his hosting team for Top Gear earlier this week. German racing driver Sabine Schmitz (who previously appeared on the show twice) and YouTube star Chris Harris will be E...
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'James May's Toy Stories' Returns To BBC America

12/21/2015 12:06pm EST
'James May's Toy Stories' Returns To BBC America With Two Specia
Toys are often on kids' minds during Christmas season, so it's fitting that BBC America has decided to bring back James May's Toy Stories for a back-to-back broadcast of two previously unaired episodes tonight.

In Toy Stories, former Top Gear co-host May celebrates popular toys by using them to undertake larger than life challenges. In past episodes, he's built a full-size model plane, put together a working bridge made entirely out of construction toy Meccano, and even constructed a full-size, fully furnished Lego house.

BBC America aired the original series, but tonight is airing the su...
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Jeremy Clarkson Jokes About Firing In First Amazon Appearance

11/1/2015 10:10am EST
Jeremy Clarkson Quips About Firing In First Amazon Appearance
If anyone wondered if Jeremy Clarkson was over his departure from the BBC, those folks haven't seen his new ad for Amazon's Fire TV Stick.

In the video released Friday, the former Top Gear host mentions casually that he's been "unbusy" since this spring, before launching into the virtues of the Fire TV Stick. As he scrolls through some of the many services that can be used with the device, Clarkson comes across BBC's iPlayer and refers to it simply as "that."

Fans will know this is nothing out of the ordinary for the veteran TV presenter, who's always been able to joke about controversies...
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'Top Gear' Fans Can Meet The Stig

10/18/2015 12:10pm EDT
'Top Gear' Fans Can Meet The Stig In 'Ben Collins: Stunt Driver'
While you're waiting for tomorrow's new episode of Top Gear, you can get an up close and personal look at the show's former Stig in the brand-new digital video release Ben Collins: Stunt Driver. Not only was Collins The Stig for some of Top Gear's craziest years, but he's also worked on some of the world's biggest movies, and now he's giving audiences a glimpse into his world.

In Starpulse's exclusive clip from Ben Collins: Stunt Driver, Ben trades wheels for wings as he takes to the skies in a stunt plane. It's an entirely different experience, even for him. Check it out below:

This br...
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'Top Gear' Concludes Era With Clarkson, Hammond And May

7/14/2015 9:07am EDT
'Top Gear' Recap: How Did The Final Clarkson, May And Hammond Ep
American audiences finally got to screen the end of Top Gear as most know it on Monday, with "Series 22, Episode 8" cobbled together out of the final two films produced by now-former presenting trio Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond before all three and executive producer Andy Wilman departed from the program. Since they'd been doing this for more than a decade and turned Top Gear into a worldwide phenomenon, it truly was the conclusion of an era.

In the first film, the guys were tasked with buying classic cars to get "the classic car experience," which naturally was not as ro...
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'Top Gear' Fans Outraged After BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

3/25/2015 7:29pm EDT
BBC Fires 'Top Gear' Host Jeremy Clarkson For Physically & Verba
The BBC has decided not to renew Jeremy Clarkson's contract with "Top Gear," despite support from celebrities and an online petition that drew over 1 million signatures from fans.

Clarkson, who has helmed the car show since 1988, was suspended from the series earlier this month after getting into a fight with producer Oisin Tymon over catering arrangements.

The network axed the final three episodes of the current season and has since decided to part ways with Clarkson. BBC Director-General Tony Hall said in a statement on Wednesday: "It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clark...
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'Top Gear' (UK) Tanner Foust To The Rescue

3/10/2015 10:23am EDT
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 7' - Tanner Foust To
This week on Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson tries a classic Jaguar on the track, Richard Hammond has a blast in Mazda's new MX-5, and James May says "Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow." Serves him right for leaving Hammond to freeze in the Canadian wilderness. Plus, Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust drops by to save the day.

But first, Jeremy is stuffing a bunch of hats into the trunk of the new Jaguar F-Type R, which is delightfully orange. Then he's predictably putting the car through it's tire-squealing, smoke-generating paces on the Top Gear track, commenting that it's "like driving around in some poetry. Te...
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'Top Gear' USA's Tanner Foust Features In Tonight's 'Top Gear' UK

3/9/2015 12:08pm EDT
'Top Gear' USA's Tanner Foust Features In Tonight's 'Top Gear' U
It's not the much-requested Top Gear/Top Gear USA crossover, but it's close: on tonight's Top Gear, James May is joined by Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust for an exploration of European rallycross.

When he's not co-hosting the American edition alongside Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood, Tanner is one of the most popular names in rallycross, and he spent part of last season competing in Europe. Now fans will get to watch him try to teach "Captain Slow" what it's all about.

Tonight's episode of Top Gear UK also features two new car tests: Jeremy Clarkson takes the Jaguar F-Type R around Top Ge...
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'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 6' - Blame Canada

3/3/2015 10:07am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 6' - Blame Canada
This week on Top Gear, James May experiences the sheer brunt of a Chevy Silverado, Jeremy Clarkson goes airborne in a Hennessey Velociraptor (basically the Ford Raptor on steroids), and Richard Hammond carries some wood. Someone drew the short straw.

But before all that, Jeremy gets a little over the top talking about the new Lexus RC F, so you'd think he'd just bought one of them - and you'd be wrong. After giving it one heck of an introduction, he then tells us that the car is "fat and useless," shows us that it loses a drag race against a BMW with less horsepower, and hates all its driv...
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'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 5' - Jeremy And James's Peugeot Adventure

2/24/2015 10:44am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 5' -  Jeremy And Jame
This week on Top Gear, the new Porsche Cayman is on the track, Jeremy mocks the name of the Ferrari LaFerrari (rightfully so), and an old Peugeot goes past some goats.

After scaring himself badly last week, Richard Hammond is given the job of testing the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and comparing it to the Cayman. They both cost about the same, but the Cayman is much less powerful than the Stingray. It loses an "absolutely pointless" drag race, yet Richard still appreciates it, calling it "the perfect example of exactly what a European sportscar should be."

As for the Stingray, it's mu...
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'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 4' - Out Of Focus

2/17/2015 7:29am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 4' - Out Of Focus
This week on Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson's excited about BMW's and having "the cream of Hollywood" on the Dunsfold test track, but not "a pointless thing about old Land Rovers." And Richard Hammond scares the daylights out of himself.

But first, here's James May with a review of the Mercedes AMG GT, which is supposed to be a replacement for the SLS. He begins by saying he doesn't like everything that Jeremy does, but nonetheless, he still seems quite happy with the AMG. In the studio, though, he tells Jeremy that it has a couple of "massive problems," the first being "it reminds me of you."
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'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 3' - Medical Unprofessionals

2/10/2015 9:08am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 3' - Medical Unprofes
On this week's Top Gear, Richard Hammond tests a van, Jeremy Clarkson drives an old brown Porsche, and James May uses a telephone. And somebody finally got these guys an ambulance. Wait, no...they made them build ambulances. That's much worse.

Jeremy justifies these shenanigans by pointing out that today's ambulances aren't getting to patients as fast as they should be, a problem which he blames on the ambulances themselves. This gave the presenters the idea to make non-traditional ambulances.

Here comes The Stig in the "emergency version" of Jeremy's Peel P45, which is the same thing exc...
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'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 2' - Jack Bauer Takes Dunsfold

2/3/2015 10:05am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 2' - Jack Bauer Takes
This week on Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson moves his eyes, Richard Hammond vandalizes a road, and James May says "Cow!" It's the show's Australian Outback adventure, while Jack Bauer himself - actor Kiefer Sutherland - is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

Jeremy boldly opens the show by throwing a mobile phone into a toilet, as an example of how most electronic devices aren't that reliable - except for, of course, cars. The Top Gear producers, naturally, have disagreed and ordered the presenters to take three vehicles and head to Australia.

James is disappointed because he thought they sai...
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'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: The Second London Race

1/27/2015 9:05am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 1' - The Second Londo
Tonight on Top Gear, now that no one's being chased out of a country, it's time to get back to the usual motoring hijinks - which in series twenty-two, include an attempt at being cowboys that ought to go better than Richard Hammond's, The Stig's Australian cousin, and that long-awaited crossover with the American Top Gear.

First, though we're going in reverse and re-doing the infamous London race from series ten, since the guys botched it so badly by allowing James to drive the car. Except it's not in London, it's in St. Petersburg, Russia. And James isn't in the same car; he's in a Renau...
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Getting Down And Dirty With BBC America's 'Mud, Sweat & Gears'

1/26/2015 2:05pm EST
Getting Down And Dirty With BBC America's 'Mud, Sweat & Gears'
BBC America has been on a continual quest to find something to pair with the juggernaut that is Top Gear. So how about two more slightly crazed presenters destroying cars - this time on purpose? That's the general idea behind Mud, Sweat & Gears, a sort of Junkyard Wars for petrolheads led by Top Gear magazine editor Tom "Wookie" Ford and Fifth Gear co-host Jonny Smith.

We caught up with Wookie and Jonny during the filming of Mud, Sweat & Gears' season finale to ask them what they think they're doing, as well as get some inside scoop on this car-creating competition that always ends with a ...
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'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Patagonia Special, Part 2' - Escape From Argentina

1/20/2015 9:26am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Patagonia Special, Part 2' - Escape From
In part two of Top Gear's Patagonia Special (here's our recap of part one), Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are still trying to make their way to Tierra del Fuego in a trio of now significantly more mangled V8 sports cars.

But that's nothing compared to what's at the end of their journey: a very serious, potentially life-threatening situation that turns what should've been a typical Top Gear adventure into another startling moment that will go down on the unfortunate side of the show's history books.

With nine hundred miles left in their latest journey, their troubles are j...
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'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Patagonia Special, Part 1' - V8's Across South America

1/13/2015 9:17am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Patagonia Special, Part 1' - V8's Across
A new year brings a new season of Top Gear, which kicks off its twenty-second series with another one of its infamous road trips, this time sending Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May to Patagonia. This latest adventure goes about as well as their sojourns to America, Africa, India, the Middle East, Vietnam...you get the idea.

The guys introduce the special after their office Christmas party (because in the UK this episode aired two days post the holiday), with The Stig face down in the food and the lights falling off. Jeremy explains that they met up with a trio of cheap V8's i...
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'Top Gear' Crew Pelted By Rocks, Chased Out Of Argentina Over License Plate

10/6/2014 9:21am EDT
'Top Gear' Crew Pelted By Rocks, Chased Out Of Argentina Over Li
The hosts of British TV show "Top Gear" were forced leave a film shoot in Argentina on Friday after an angry mob threatened them and pelted their cars with rocks. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May felt their "lives were at stake" during the incident.

The protestors were upset by the license plate on one of the cars, H982 FKL, which they believed was a reference to the Falklands conflict of 1982. Host Jeremy Clarkson claims producers had been alerted to the mistake before they reached the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and had them removed.

Clarkson told the Sunday Times newspap...
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5 Best Television Shows To Waste A Half Hour Watching

8/22/2014 12:09pm EDT
5 Best Television Shows To Waste A Half Hour Watching
In honor of FXX's marathon of all 552 episodes of The Simpsons, which began yesterday and runs through September 1, we've put together a list of our favorite shows to waste a half-hour watching. They're those programs that you can tune to when you've only got a little time and always enjoy yourself. From Springfield to the United Kingdom, here are our six picks for half-hour escapes.

The Simpsons

Whether you're still a devoted fan or don't watch as much as you used to, chances are you've still got dozens of fond memories from The Simpsons. There's Homer falling down Springfield Gorge, Ma...
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'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: Buses Are Not Cars, James May

8/13/2013 9:33am EDT
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Sadly, it's that time again - the time when we must say goodbye to Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for another series. Tonight, Jeremy points at some fields, Richard minces round a corner, and James describes his ideal night in, which sounds horrendous.

The guys open the show with Richard's review of the second-generation Range Rover Sport. First, he gets back behind the wheel of the first-generation version, which he says is only bought by footballers and people married to them. Having gotten that out of the way, he picks up the keys to its successor, which he immediately t...
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'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: Jeremy And James's Caravan Holiday Disaster

8/6/2013 9:21am EDT
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You know what always makes Top Gear better? Caravans!

But first: 1963 saw the birth of two things Jeremy doesn't care about: the Porsche 911 and James May. Since he still doesn't care about either of those things, he sent James off to go drive a 911. Unsurprisingly, James has a vastly different opinion than Jeremy. "How can you not like a 911?" he asks aloud. For the purists in the viewing audience, he then introduces us to a company in California that does custom-built recreations of classic 911s, and takes one of those for a spin. This also seems to please Captain Slow. After the film, J...
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'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: Toyota Corolla vs. America's Cup Sailing Boat

7/9/2013 9:30am EDT
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There have been 20 series of Top Gear. That's like 10 times the number of seasons most TV shows get. And after all that time, Jeremy, James and Richard are still going strong.

Tonight, Jeremy claims "we've slowed down a little and grown up a lot," eliciting a collective groan from the studio audience. Of course, he's kidding. After the usual series-opening montage, he leads into a film where Richard is reviewing a series of hot hatchbacks: the Peugeot 308 GTI, the Renaultsport Clio 300, and the Ford Fiesta ST. After Richard takes the trio around the Top Gear test track, he turns them over ...
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