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Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? #4512615
09/10/17 06:19 PM
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Under the hood
Carmudgeon Offline OP
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I'll preface this by saying I'm not a TG fanatic, and I don't have a deep attachment to the show or its hosts beyond it being an entertaining diversion, which it isn't all of the time.

The previous incarnation of TGA with Foust/Wood/Ferrara got off to a slow start, but eventually became pretty enjoyable when they decided to just focus on the three of them messing around with cars. I don't find the studio segments all that enthralling, even with the original or Grand Tour.

I guess AMC wanted to have a go at another TGA after History decided not to continue with the earlier version, but so far, I haven't found anything compelling about the new one, though I do like Bill Finchter as an actor. Even the cars have been relatively lame.

To be fair, I'll give the show more time to develop, but so far, it's been a rough go.

Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4512622
09/10/17 06:26 PM
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I like Bill, too. Hopefully it will start to gel in a few more episodes.


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Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4512638
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I'm trying to give it a chance but for some reason they don't click IMHO.
It feels forced and awkward at best.


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Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4512650
09/10/17 07:03 PM
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Is this the TG that's supposed to have Sabine Schmitz on it? She's the only reason I'd tune in....


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Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: double vanos] #4512651
09/10/17 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted By: double vanos
Is this the TG that's supposed to have Sabine Schmitz on it? She's the only reason I'd tune in....


No , that's the British Top Gear , which is now pretty good with Matt Leblanc.


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Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4512706
09/10/17 08:34 PM
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If I was in charge of the show I would have Adam Carolla, Darrell Wallace Jr, and Paul Tracy as the hosts and Tony Stewart be the Stig.


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Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4512714
09/10/17 08:41 PM
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I only watch the Amazon product with the real deal guys.

Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4512748
09/10/17 09:17 PM
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Awkward to me....


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Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4512760
09/10/17 09:48 PM
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Everyone said the same thing about New New Top Gear... and with Chris Evans gone and Matt, Rory, and Chris Harris at the helm I think it will be a great show to watch.

The Grand Tour was awkward for a few episodes but they really came into their own towards the end.

Original Top Gear America took a while to get spooled up, and this one will too. Give it time.


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Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4512793
09/10/17 10:43 PM
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It is truly awful.



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Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4512794
09/10/17 10:45 PM
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This version seems so forced...

I really miss Rut, Adam, and Tanner.

My 8 year old daughter and I just watched the latest episode and said: "Daddy, these guys aren't funny, they need to put the old guys back on".

I couldn't have said it better!

Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4512816
09/10/17 11:58 PM
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Give it time and I'm sure they'll get good


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Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4512863
09/11/17 03:41 AM
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Change is never easy when a show has created a nice dynamic between the presenters.

Think yourself lucky you never got Chris Evans

Personally I enjoy watching car based programmes.

Fifth Gear was rather good.

Top Gear UK without Chris Evans is very good, I am a fan of Matt Leblanc anyway.

Wheeler Dealers was good with Ed and will be good with Ant aswell.

For the love of cars was enjoyable aswell.


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Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Carmudgeon] #4513373
09/11/17 02:06 PM
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What is "Top Gear America?"

Re: Is it me, or is the new Top Gear America awful? [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4513382
09/11/17 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted By: HosteenJorje
What is "Top Gear America?"


http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/top-gear-america


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