William Fichtner To Host Top Gear America For BBC America
TV Line reports that BBC America has ordered eight hour-long episodes of Top Gear America. The show is said to be a “reimagined” spinoff of the BBC show. William Fichtner, who is also a competitive car racer, will host with drag racer Antron Brown and British automotive journalist Tom “Wookie” Ford.
BBC America president Sarah Barnett said: “We are big fans of the mix of cars, credibility and charisma that adds up to the winning formula for Top Gear, and couldn’t be happier that BBCA is now the home for the franchise in the US, with Top Gear America joining the original show on our network. Bill, Antron and Wookie are serious gearheads who never take themselves too seriously. It will be quite the trip.”
The American series will have several of the same features of the original show, including celebrities in competitions set on tracks and the helmeted Stig test driver. The last attempt at an American spinoff, Top Gear USA, aired for five seasons on History before it got cancelled last June. The original Top Gear is hosted by Matt LeBlanc and airs on Sundays on BBC America at 8 PM ET.