or


[06/16/08 - 08:07 AM]
NBC's 'Top Gear' Buckles Up Its Hosts for High-Octane Pilot from BBC Worldwide America Based on International Hit Franchise
Adam Carolla, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer are tapped for the U.K. import.

[via press release from NBC]

START YOUR ENGINES!

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:

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:

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:

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" 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.

About BBC Worldwide America:

BBC Worldwide America (BBCWA) is part of BBC Worldwide - the main commercial arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBCWA has headquarters in New York and Los Angeles and brings together all of BBC Worldwide's businesses in the U.S. � including cable channel BBC America and a bi-coastal production division responsible for the smash hit "Dancing with the Stars," which returns for its 7th season this Fall.





  [june 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· APPRENTICE, THE (NBC)
· BABY BORROWERS, THE (NBC)
· CRANK YANKERS (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
· INSIDER, THE (SYNDICATION)
· MAN SHOW, THE (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· MYTHBUSTERS (SCIENCE)
· OVERHAULIN' (MOTORTREND)
· SMASH LAB (DISCOVERY)
· TOP GEAR (BBC AMERICA)
· TOP GEAR (NBC)





[01/21/20 - 01:47 PM]
Paramount Network's "68 Whiskey" Is Most-Watched Cable Drama Series Premiere in Over a Year, Drawing 2 Million L+3 Viewers
Paramount Network further spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 15.

[01/21/20 - 01:03 PM]
"Saturday Night Live" Kicks Off 2020 with Three New Shows
J.J. Watt and RuPaul will follow the previously announced Adam Driver.

[01/21/20 - 11:31 AM]
HBO Max Greenlights Animated Comedy "The Prince" from Creator Gary Janetti and 20th Century Fox Television
Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Lucy Punch, Tom Hollander, Alan Cumming, Frances De La Tour and Iwan Rheon are slated to voice the project.

[01/21/20 - 11:06 AM]
Acorn TV Announces 2020 Lineup Featuring a Record Five Commissioned Series Plus New Seasons of Acclaimed Series
As the largest streamer devoted to a specialized audience, Acorn TV is the ultimate destination of high-quality, world class dramas, mysteries and comedies from all sides of the pond.

[01/21/20 - 10:53 AM]
92nd Oscars(R) Announce First Slate of Presenters
Mahershala Ali, Olivia Colman, Regina King and Rami Malek are among said presenters.

[01/21/20 - 10:41 AM]
A Brand New Season of TV One's Acclaimed Series "Unsung" Returns Sunday, February 23 at 10 P.M./9C
The season kicks off with the popular 90s R&B group Dru Hill.

[01/21/20 - 10:24 AM]
Fan-Favorite "Texas Metal" Gears Up to Return for Its Biggest Season Yet
Season three kicks off tonight at 10:00/9:00c on MotorTrend.

[01/21/20 - 10:13 AM]
"American Ninja Warrior" Flies Into Its Ninth Season Renewal on NBC
Production will begin in the spring with a premiere date announced shortly.

[01/21/20 - 10:10 AM]
Marvel TV and Hulu Unveil Cast for Animated Series "Marvel's M.O.D.O.K."
Patton Oswalt, Aimee Garcia, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ben Schwartz, Beck Bennett, Jon Daly and Sam Richardson are all on tap.

[01/21/20 - 09:02 AM]
Travel Channel's New Series "Haunted in the Heartland" Investigates Communities Haunted by Unearthly Residents
In the new Travel Channel series, paranormal investigator and documentary filmmaker Steve Shippy visits Midwestern towns that have been traumatized for generations by ripples of fear.

[01/21/20 - 09:00 AM]
"Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes" Debuts February 11, Exclusively on HBO
Between 1968 and 1979, boxing superstar Muhammad Ali appeared on the Emmy(R) winning "Dick Cavett Show" no less than 14 times.

[01/21/20 - 08:20 AM]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Explores the Untold Story of the Journey Toward Racial Equality in Space with "Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier"
Look for the documentary to premiere on Monday, February 24 at 8:00/7:00c.

[01/21/20 - 08:16 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, "The Bachelor" Stay on Top in Demos
The Alphabet wins Monday among adults 18-49 for the third consecutive week.

[01/21/20 - 06:31 AM]
Nipsey Hussle Grammy(R) Tribute to Feature Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch and YG
The artists announced today join previously announced performers Aerosmith; Camila Cabello; Billie Eilish; Ariana Grande; H.E.R.; Jonas Brothers; Lizzo; Demi Lovato; Rosalía; Run-D.M.C.; Blake Shelton; Gwen Stefani; Tyler, The Creator; and Charlie Wilson.

[01/21/20 - 06:08 AM]
"Feherty Live" Returns, With Special Edition from Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego; Airs Wednesday at 9 P.M. ET
The one-hour show is being produced in front of a live audience, and will air in conjunction with the Farmers Insurance Open, title sponsor of this week's PGA Tour stop.