HISTORY(R) REVS UP THIRD SEASON OF
TOP GEAR U.S.
HOSTED BY ADAM FERRARA, TANNER FOUST, RUTLEDGE WOOD
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE THREE BUDDIES THE KEYS TO EVERY CAR EVER MADE?
New York, NY, May 11, 2012 - HISTORY announced today that the new season of the U.S. version of Top Gear is beginning production. The second season of the critically-acclaimed and popular series broke into the millionaire's club with 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 18-49 (+30 and +22 vs. S1, respectively) and is the youngest skewing series on HISTORY. Season Two was seen by nearly 60 million viewers.
Top Gear is hosted by comedian Adam Ferrara, champion race car driver Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood.
In their third season Tanner, Adam and Rutledge will be embarking on some of the most epic journeys on the planet, and exploring our own great nation while testing the limits of the world's most prestigious - and infamous - automobiles. From the Swamps of Louisiana to Utah's Monument Valley and the Alaskan wilderness, if it has four wheels, these guys want to drive it (and if they're Adam, wreck it!). This season Adam, Tanner and Rut will race against speed boats, snowmobiles and jets, test the most modern police cars (hint: it's not the Crown Victoria) and see how far you can REALLY get on one tank of gas.
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.
Top Gear is a produced for HISTORY 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.
HISTORY(R) is the leading destination for factual entertainment, including award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The network's all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a litany of hits including American Pickers(R), American Restoration(TM), Ax Men(TM), Ice Road Truckers(R), Pawn Stars(R), Swamp People(R) and Top Shot(R) as well as epic specials such as the Emmy(R) Award-winning Gettysburg, America The Story of Us, WWII in HD and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY's Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com
ABOUT BBC WORLDWIDE PRODUCTIONS
BBC Worldwide Productions, led by Jane Tranter, 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. The production company is responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Top Gear (HISTORY), What Not to Wear (TLC), Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz), and the upcoming titles Breaking Pointe (CW), Da Vinci's Demons (Starz), The Week the Women Went (Lifetime), The Next Big Thing (Oxygen), Lives on Fire (OWN), Big Brooklyn Style (TLC) and Lovetown, USA (OWN), among others. BBC Worldwide Productions sits within one of six core businesses that form BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).