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BBC America Orders New Top Gear Series, William Fichtner Among Hosts

20 March 2017

Co-hosting the show will be actor William Ficthner (The Dark Knight, Prison Break), drag racer Antron Brown and British auto journalist Tom "Wookie" Ford. He's also the associate editor of UK's Top Gear magazine and a contributor to The Sunday Times.

AMERICA announced today the greenlight of TOP GEAR AMERICA.

"But, wait. What about that other Top Gear on the History Channel?"

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An eight-episode season of Top Gear America will transport the motoring format stateside with actor William Fichtner, whose credits include Prison Break, Armageddon and Crash, leading the new lineup. "Bill, Antron and Wookie are serious gear heads who never take themselves too seriously". They will even have their own Stig, of course.

Currently, the British Top Gear is steaming ahead with its updated cast of Chris Harris, Rory Reid, and Matt LeBlanc.

It'll go up against Amazon-produced The Grand Trip, starring former Top Gear UK hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

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Top Gear America is the latest attempt to make the famous British auto show stick in the United States.

Top Gear USA garnered lukewarm reviews and ratings, but survived longer than many people expected, based on previous attempts to import the show.

Top Gear is back, America - at least for one season.

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With a nod to its United Kingdom roots, the reimagined US spin-off of Top Gear will appear on BBC America with three new presenters later this year. You can see host Rutledge Wood's statement about the show's cancellation here.

BBC America Orders New Top Gear Series, William Fichtner Among Hosts