[06/29/11 - 01:12 PM]
History(R) Revs Up for a New Season of "Top Gear" Sunday, July 24 at 10 PM ET/PT
Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara return as hosts of the U.S. edition.

[via press release from History]


June 29, 2011, New York, NY - HISTORY announced today that the new season of the U.S. version of Top Gear will premiere on Sunday, July 24, at 10pm ET/PT. The first season of the critically-acclaimed and popular series attracted nearly 60 million viewers overall and delivered HISTORY's youngest audience ever.

Top Gear is hosted by champion race car driver Tanner Foust, racing analyst Rutledge Wood and comedian Adam Ferrara.

This season, Tanner, Adam and Rutledge take things to a new, thrilling and customarily ridiculous level. They pit the ultimate off-roader against an Air Boat through the Louisiana swamps, race the new Porsche 911 GTR2 at night through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, find out whether a Subaru STI or a dirt bike is the best way to escape a ghost town and set the 2011 Corvette ZR1 against the Ferrari 458 to determine if it has what it takes to be a supercar.

The upcoming season also criss-crosses America, going back to this nation's roots. The hosts head to one of the largest open cast mines to find the biggest, baddest dually pickup truck the Big Three have to offer. And in a salute to the history of the U.S. Postal Service, Tanner and Rutledge find out what the fastest way is to deliver a package through Moab Utah, two new high end Ford Mustangs or two of the old-school four-legged variety.

Featuring super-cars, extreme stunts and challenges, car reviews and celebrity interviews Top Gear is the home for anyone with a love of cars. The U.S. version is chock-full of high-adrenaline action entertainment as it tracks the colorful history of the automobile as well as the eccentric adventures of its hosts with Top Gear's customary wit and humor. The series harkens back to HISTORY's very first day, and the network's very first program ever to air, Automobiles: Corvette.

The new season of Top Gear premieres on HISTORY Sunday, July 24, 10pm ET/PT. For more information go to www.historypressroom.com.

Top Gear is a produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and is co-production between HISTORY and BBC Worldwide. John Hesling is Executive Producer. Executive producer for HISTORY is Russ McCarroll.

About Top Gear

Top Gear, which premiered in the UK in 1977, is consistently BBC TWO's most-watched program in the UK. Top Gear also reaches over 150 million households globally and made its stateside debut on BBC America in 2007. One of the BBC's premiere brands, Top Gear, the magazine, is the leading car publication in the UK, and the global road tour, Top Gear Live, continues to be a global success.

About History:

HISTORY(R) and HISTORY HD(R) are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network's program offerings are hit series such as American Pickers, Ax Men, Brad Meltzer's Decoded, Ice Road Truckers, Top Gear, Pawn Stars and Top Shot, as well as acclaimed specials including America the Story of Us, WWII in HD, 102 Minutes That Changed America, The President's Book of Secrets and Life After People. HISTORY has earned four Peabody Awards, seven Primetime Emmy(R) Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy(R) Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's Save Our History(R) campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network's signature initiative connecting America's schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY website, located at www.history.com, is the leading online resource for all things history, featuring over 20,000 videos, images, audio clips, articles and interactive features that allow visitors to dig deeper into a broad range of thousands of historical topics.

About BBC Worldwide Productions:

BBC Worldwide Productions is based in Los Angeles and develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. Led by Jane Tranter, the production company is responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Top Gear (HISTORY), What Not to Wear (TLC) and Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz). BBC Worldwide Productions is one of seven core businesses within BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

  [june 2011]  


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