Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Brand BBC

As part, presumably, of its mission, BBC America launched Top Gear America, made by BBC Worldwide in America, on Sunday night. Here are some reviews...

"I just felt like the show was grinding with its constant Americana references, about how we work hard and do things differently than the rest of the world, and like stuff AMERICAN BUILT and AMERICAN TOUGH.

"Where the British Top Gear show has American punching bag Matt LeBlanc, this show has a British punching bag in Tom Ford. They really wanted you to know this was red-blooded AMERICAN Top Gear.

"It’s going to sound contrived and repetitive for me to say this about a Top Gear show, but the dialogue and studio scenes feel contrived and repetitive, with the same general grievances I hold with British Top Gear, which did get better last season, and the old Top Gear USA"   Justin Westbrook, Jalopnik

"Top Gear America just has us wondering why the plug was ever pulled on Top Gear USA. It doesn’t demonstrate why it’s any better than its predecessor. Especially with BBC America still airing reruns of the original Top Gear as well as the UK reboot, it’s going to have to do a lot more to get viewers’ engines revving."  Brittany Frederick, Fansided.

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