Amazon Signs the Former Hosts of 'Top Gear' for Its Own Car Show
Amazon announced today that former hosts from BBC's very popular car show, Top Gear, have signed on to create a new show for Amazon Video, accessible only to Prime members.
There's no word yet on what format the show will take, or even what its name will be, but Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May will all be present. The show will also feature the same former executive producer as Top Gear, Andy Williams. Episodes for the first season will debut in 2016.
We've got a brand new ride. #OnlyOnAmazonPrime #Drive2Prime http://t.co/ebJJAd8gP2 pic.twitter.com/SzBPvPfWTQ— Amazon Instant Video (@AmazonVideoUK) July 30, 2015
Top Gear itself, however, is still being produced by the BBC, with a new host, radio personality Chris Evans. (This Chris Evans, not this one.) The hosts who are now signed to Amazon's program famously left Top Gear last year after Clarkson had a physical altercation with a BBC producer.
According to The Guardian, Top Gear has been one of the BBC's most valuable shows, so the fact that Amazon is producing a rival show with the very hosts that built Top Gear into the property it is today, is further evidence that Amazon is staking a serious claim in the entertainment world. Today's news has also been surprising, since earlier there had been speculation that the crew would sign with Netflix, not Amazon.
Readers, what do you think of the Top Gear crew joining with Amazon? Will this make you subscribe to Prime? Sound off in the comments below!
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