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History cancels “Top Gear USA”

The A+E Networks-owned channel has pulled the American adaptation of automotive series Top Gear (pictured) after five seasons, realscreen has confirmed.
June 28, 2016

U.S. cable net History has canceled the American adaptation of automotive series Top Gear (pictured) after five seasons.

News of the show’s cancellation first appeared in a statement posted by co-presenter Rutledge Wood on his Facebook page.

“I’m very sad to say, but Tuesday night’s ‪‎Top Gear on History is the last Top Gear USA that we have shot for you,” he wrote. “It’s been an amazing ride for sure, and although I don’t think the show is done, it appears that it’s done with our friends at History, and we’re incredibly grateful for being a part of the A&E Networks family.

“The three of us will stick together and hope to bring you much more Top Gear USA, albeit it [sic] somewhere else it appears,” he added.

The BBC Worldwide-produced Top Gear USA debuted on the A+E Networks-owned net in November of 2010 with presenters Wood, Tanner Foust and Adam Ferrara at the wheel. The program strayed from the UK original to focus instead on car customization.

A spokesperson for History confirmed to realscreen that the series had been cancelled for the immediate future, with the final episode of the series slated to broadcast tonight (June 28) as the trio of presenters tour Cuba in classic 1950′s American roadsters.

“We’d like to thank the entire Top Gear team for five great seasons on History, however we have decided not to order additional seasons for the network,” reads a statement from A+E Networks.

A spokesperson at BBC Worldwide, meanwhile, was quick to note that the wheels on the Americanized automotive brand have not yet ceased spinning.

“History treated Top Gear USA with great care, and the show had a solid five-season contractual run with the network,” reads a statement. “We are fully committed to the hugely successful Top Gear brand – known all over the world – and have begun exploring new opportunities for the series in the U.S.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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