Top Gear Officially Coming To NBC!

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It's official — Adam Carolla, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer will be the threesome of hosts for NBC's US version of the greatest driving show ever — Top Gear. We've got the full press release with all the details on Top Gear USA below the jump.

UPDATE #1: Looks like Strommer will be the US version's James May — he "prefers his Camry hybrid?" Gag.

UPDATE #2: Sorry, we're still digesting the press release. We're liking the fact they're looking at "mirroring the UK show's irreverent humor and camaraderie" but we really don't think any of the UK presenters hearted the hybrid.

UPDATE #3: Here's the first on-set photo from Top Gear USA

UPDATE #4: We've put together a feature on everything you could ever want to know about Adam Carolla.

UPDATE #5: We've added a feature on everything you could ever want to know about Tanner Foust.

UPDATE #6: Finally, we've added a feature on everything you could ever want to know about Eric Stromer.

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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," NBC's "Three Wishes" 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.

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I also got the press release this morning and about the only good thing from it was the Clarkson quote, "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."

Now, I got this press release from BBC America two days ago, so it looks like the real top gear will air at least until September.

CLASSIC CARS AND TIMELESS EPISODES IN THE U.S. PREMIERE OF TOP GEAR'S SIXTH SEASON

Fans of BBC AMERICA'S International Emmy-winning car show, Top Gear, can catch up on the earlier antics of the intrepid trio - hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - and the mysterious 'The Stig - with the U.S. premiere of Season Six. The team pit a Range Rover against a tank, race from London to Norway, try to outrun Irish Army snipers in convertibles and count down the greatest driving songs of all time.

Top Gear, season six premieres Monday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Top Gear takes extraordinary and ordinary cars to the limit and beyond to find out if they're as good as their manufacturers claim. Full of extreme stunts, challenges and weekly features, Top Gear is exciting, inclusive and passionate - there are no boring stats and impenetrable conversations about camshafts and tire pressures. But it is the sharp wit of Jeremy, Richard, and James that make it more than just a motor show.

Straight out of BBC AMERICA's Top Gear vault, this season the guys return to the '60s to define 'cool' with the Aston Martin DB5 and Jaguar E-Type and then James May spins back to the'70s with the Maserati Bora. It becomes a family affair when the hosts hand over reporting duties to their mothers, who review a range of small cars from Renault, Honda and Peugeot.

Once again The Stig puts the rich and famous through their paces in the 'Star in the Reasonably Priced Car' feature. Getting behind the wheel on the test track this season include Timothy Spall (Harry Potter), The Darkness' Justin Hawkins, Sir Tim Rice, and BBC Radio personality Chris Evans.

One of the most successful and interesting phenomenon's on UK television, Top Gear defies traditional notions of programming genre and has become a global phenomenon reaching 150 million homes worldwide. Part factual and part entertainment, the award winning car show doesn't fit into any standard category.

BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies and life-changing makeovers. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 60 million homes. For up-to-the-minute information on BBC AMERICA, forthcoming U.S. premieres, art work and news from the channel, log on to www.press.bbcamerica.com.

EPISODE SYNOPSES

Episode One

Jeremy test-drives the Mercedes CSL, James reviews the Honda Element, and James and Richard play soccer in the Toyota Aygo.

Episode One premieres Monday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Two

Jeremy, Richard and James find out if you can buy a stylish two-door coupé for less than £1,500. Jeremy takes a look at Maseratis past and present and a chance for viewers to think about the Greatest Driving Song of All Time.

Episode Two premieres Monday, July 21, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Three

Jeremy makes a splash when he opens a local swimming pool - Richard finds out what happens when you take the roof off an Aston Martin DB9 with the new DB9 Volante -James goes back to the '70s with the Maserati Bora and Germany and Russia give their interpretations of the classic British sports car with the Weismann MF3 and TVR Tuscan 2. The Batmobile from Batman Begins is in the studio.

Episode Three premieres Monday, July 28, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Four

Jeremy, Richard and James hand over reporting duties to their mothers, who review a range of new small cars including the Renault Modus, Honda Jazz and Peugeot 1007 while the Cadillac CTS-V takes to the track, and Richard tests the new BMW 3 Series.

Episode Four premieres Monday, August 4, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Five

Top Gear returns to the '60s to define 'cool' with the Aston Martin DB5 and Jaguar E-Type. Jeremy comes under fire from army snipers to find out which car is better - the Porsche Boxster S or Mercedes SLK while James road tests the Nissan Murano.

Episode Five premieres Monday, August 11, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Six

Is a car faster than a boat? Top Gear decides to find out, via an epic race from London to Oslo with Jeremy in the Mercedes McLaren SLR and Richard and James on a boat.

Episode Six premieres Monday, August 18, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Seven

Which is faster, a man or a car? Jeremy races a compact car against a marathon runner around the London Marathon route during rush hour. TVR's Sagaris takes to the track - Ford's Transit van has a landmark birthday and gets sent to the Nürburgring to celebrate - and the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' is Darkness front man, Justin Hawkins.

Episode Seven premieres Monday, August 25 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Eight

A trio of convertibles (the Audi TT, Nissan 350Z and Chrysler Crossfire) head for Iceland - the Ferrari F430 hits the test track - and the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' is Sir Tim Rice.

Episode Eight premieres Monday, September 1, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Nine

Jeremy gives his verdict on BMW's M5 while Richard and James try their hand at Russian roulette road-testing. And which hatchback is the hottest the Renault Megane, Vauxhall Astra VXR or Golf GTi? Chris Evans is the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car'.

Episode Nine premieres Monday, September 8, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Ten

Top Gear looks at the latest range of off road toys and Bentley Flying Spur, the fastest four door saloon in the world. How does a BMW 5 series diesel measure up against the 5 series petrol and can a jeep drive across a lake?

Episode Ten premieres Monday, September 15, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Eleven

Does driving a Lamborghini Murciélago roadster give you the same kick as 12 angry bulls? The world's greatest power sliders grace the track. Can you play the Top Gear theme tune with engines? Also featured is the Ford F150 SVT Lightning pick-up and Timothy Spall (Harry Potter) is the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced car.'

Episode Eleven premieres Monday, September 22, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.