BBC America has announced a new version of Top Gear for the US audience, imaginatively titled… Top Gear America
The show will be hosted by William Fichtner, the actor who played the abrasive and humorously-named Colonel Willie Sharp from Armageddon. He was also the bank manager from the terrific heist scene at the start of The Dark Knight.
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“We are big fans of the mix of cars, credibility and charisma that adds up to the winning formula for Top Gear, and couldn’t be happier that BBCA is now the home for the franchise in the US, with Top Gear America joining the original show on our network,” said BBC America president and GM Sarah Barnett.
“Bill, Antron and Wookie are serious gear heads who never take themselves too seriously. It will be quite the trip.”
It’s BBC Worldwide’s third stab at making a success out of Top Gear across the pond.
It’ll go up against Amazon-produced The Grand Tour, starring former Top Gear UK hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
There’s no news yet on whether the Top Gear America show will air on the Beeb in the United Kingdom.
The newest series of Top Gear UK is currently airing on BBC 2.
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