American adaptation will begin season-two production in spring
History renewed the U.S. version of “Top Gear” for a second season, after the skein played well to young demos.The American adaptation of the popular BBC series, co-produced by History and BBC Worldwide, will begin production on its sophomore campaign in the spring. John Hesling exec produces “Top Gear.” Adam Ferrara hosts with racer Tanner Foust and analyst Rutledge Wood. In its final official first-season episode Jan. 16 (before a clip show a week later), “Top Gear” drove 2.1 million viewers overall to History and skewed younger than is typical for a History show, with an all-time network-low median age of 37 compared with History’s network median age of 48. ” ‘Top Gear’ is our baby,” said Jeremy Clarkson, host of the flagship U.K. version, which premiered in 1977, “so you can understand why (we) were anxious about passing it on to the presenters of the U.S. show. We needn’t have worried, because Top Gear is clearly in safe hands, even if they do insist on speaking in those stupid accents.” Buzz Aldrin, Dominic Monaghan, Ty Burrell, Kid Rock, Tony Hawk, Michelle Rodriguez, Tim Allen and Bret Michaels were among the first-season guests on Stateside “Top Gear.”
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