The former Top Gear hosts’ new show has a name, and they are already having more fun than their replacements
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. While there’s a good chance that Charles Dickens wasn’t actually talking about a TV show broadcast 150 years or so after his death, the opening of A Tale of Two Cities kind of fits for former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson’s last year.
After his much publicized firing from Top Gear specifically and the BBC in general, Clarkson was joined by his colleagues James May and Richard Hammond (plus Top Gear showrunner Andy Wilman), and the team muddled on together, landing at Amazon Prime – where they were given massive raises and the freedom to do pretty much whatever they want. So yeah, they landed on their feet.
After a lot of discussion and even more rumors, the new show finally has a name. According to CNET’s Road Show, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May’s new show is called The Grand Tour.
Beyond that, there hasn’t been much news on it, but you can make some educated guesses.
The show will feature 12 episodes, each with a budget of roughly $6.9 million. The Grand Tour will likely go out of its way to differentiate itself from the original Top Gear, but Amazon didn’t pay $250+ million to bring the hosts over just to admire vehicles. There will certainly be a lot of what made Top Gear one of the most watched around the world. The first image from the show released long before the name also featured the hosts fulfilling a long time promise from Top Gear, as the hosts will race a Ferrari LaFerrari, a McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Although still unconfirmed, you can also probably expect some Top Gear-like specials, featuring the trio on elaborate road trips.
The Grand Tour will hit Amazon in the fall, but if you are dying for some autoing, the original Top Gear will return on May 22 with a stable of new hosts, including radio personality Chris Evans and Friends star Mat LeBlanc.
According to multiple reports though, the revamped show may be in trouble as Evans and LeBlanc are said to have had a falling out and are barely talking on set. That might be slightly overblown for the sake of media drama, but one of LeBlanc’s “disrespectful” stunts supposedly “damaged the brand.”
The actor made headlines when he and a stunt driver spun their cars and made donuts at the Cenotaph, one of London’s most famous war memorials. The BBC and all involved have downplayed the incident, but both LeBlanc and the show were forced to apologize.
That’s not a great start for a show with three massive sets of shoes to fill. It also suggests that the new Top Gear hosts aren’t having nearly as much fun as their predecessors are.