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The History Channel is renewing Top Gear USA for a second season despite its first season’s less-than-complementary reviews. The series, based on the blockbuster BBC show of the same name, averaged an unimpressive 1.5 million viewers. However, the demographic –37 years old– is the youngest viewing audience of record for a History series. In other words, age rules over numbers.

In the US version, the hosts, Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood, get into ridiculous situations with their vehicles. In one episode, they attempt communication with a moose in Alaska; in another they launch a 5,000-pound Cadillac over an obstacle course jump. All fun, but not nearly as funny as Top Gear UK which combines British banter and intelligent wit with global adventures.

Long time lovers of the BBC series have remarked that the hosts lack chemistry. In fact, a Rutledge Wood removal petition circulated on History’s message boards with emphatic notes like,

“I was already worried about an American version of this show but watched it anyway. Rutledge is painful to watch. His personality is not suited for this show at all.

Rutty needs to go… He helps drive the show into a rut.

Tanner can stay, only because he can drive, but the rest need to go.

The US version is boring...”

But UK’s Top Gear hosts are all for a second go at it. An article in Deadline Hollywood cites that UK’s Jeremy Clarkson admitted that he and fellow co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May were initially “anxious” about passing the show on to their US counterparts.

“We needn’t have worried because Top Gear is clearly in safe hands, even if they do insist on speaking in those stupid accents,” Clarkson said. “Watching an episode from series 1 with Richard and James, we found ourselves in a genuinely heated debate about which of the presenters’ cars was best. We were just three ordinary chaps watching a car show and loving it, which is exactly what Top Gear, should be. Bring on series 2.”

And that they will.

The show, which airs Sunday nights on the History cable channel, begins production this spring.

The 14th and 15th seasons of the British “Top Gear” will be out on DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday, Feb. 15 with stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Celebs featured on the discs include Eric Bana, Michael Sheen, Rupert Grint, Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Andy Garcia and Jeff Goldblum.

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Top Gear USA Gets Green Light for Season Two - Autotrader