Clarkson, Hammond, And May's New Show Is Ditching The Studio

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Top Gear was at its best when the three guys were out, doing something. Segments like The Cool Wall tended to just interrupt everything and were bad. Apparently the people behind TG realized this, because they’re ditching the studio for the new show on Amazon.

James May dropped the knowledge in an interview with the Guardian that was mostly about dumb things and not actual news, but had some good tidbits in it:

“We are not a studio-centred thing anymore. We are making a series of TV films and we don’t have a base,” said May. “It is massively expensive what we are doing, for reasons that I hope will become apparent when you see it. We are doing more episodes than we did in the latter days of Top Gear. It is quite intense.”

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May went on to say that the still-untitled show will run for at least 11 episodes in its first season (yes, season, British people, you’re making an American show now), making for at least 30 episodes during their current three-year deal. That’s a huge improvement over Top Gear, which would sometimes have as few as six episodes in a season.

I’m mostly wondering what these “TV films” will be like.

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