If you miss Top Gear USA, America’s canceled counterpart to the immensely-popular Top Gear car program on the BBC, we have good news: BBC America is launching a new, similar series called “Top Gear America.”
If, on the other hand, you find yourself wondering why the world would ever need another America-centric answer to the UK’s perfectly-good program, we can’t help you.
Top Gear America is set to be hosted by William Fichtner – a racing enthusiast and actor perhaps best-known for playing Colonel Willie Sharp in Armageddon (1998) and Sanderson in Black Hawk Down (2001) – alongside three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champ Antron Brown, and British automotive journalist Tom “Wookie” Ford. (Top Gear UK has one of ours, Matt LeBlanc, so we guess it makes sense that we take one of theirs.)
Top Gear USA aired on the History Channel for six seasons, terminating in June of last year without ever having found popularity near that of the original British series. Like that show, the new Top Gear America will feature “The Stig” – a mute, anonymous racing driver. It’s slated to premiere later this year.