'Top Gear America' to return with new cast, new network

Posted March 21, 2017

It's BBC Worldwide's third stab at making a success out of Top Gear across the pond. Titled "Top Gear America", the show's first eight episodes will air on BBC America sometime in 2017, according to Hollywood Reporter. Try on for size actor William Fichter of "Prison Break" and "Crash" fame, three-time NHRA Top Fuel drag racing champion drag racer Antron Brown, and British auto scribe Tom "Wookie" Ford.

The Top Gear franchise will see a new eight-part USA adaptation later this year on BBC America.

"Top Gear America" will continue the tradition of reviewing exclusive and state-of-the-art vehicles but also delves into significant cars from America's past.

TV Line reports that BBC America has ordered eight hour-long episodes of Top Gear America. As BBCA puts it, "Top Gear America puts the viewer in the passenger seat alongside the car-obsessed hosts as they race the most incredible vehicles on the scenic highways and historic tracks of the American west".

It'll go up against Amazon-produced The Grand Trip, starring former Top Gear UK hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

The news comes just a few weeks after the United Kingdom version of Top Gear restarted with hosts Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid.

Prior to this latest version, USA versions of "Top Gear" have been hit or miss. That iteration of the show was hosted by comedian Adam Ferrara, Rallycross driver Tanner Foust, and NASCAR on NBC host Rutledge Wood.

Now, the show is returning as "Top Gear America", this time on BBC America and with a whole new cast. But it's tough when you have that level of scrutiny that the show had last season.