The new Chris Evans Top Gear v the Clarkson, May & Hammond Amazon Project?

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What new 'Top Gear' show will you prefer?

  1. BBC1 with Chris Evans

    4 vote(s)
    16.7%
  2. Amazon with JC, RH & JM

    20 vote(s)
    83.3%
  1. Blujelly macrumors 65816

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    #1
    hi all,

    I'm not talking about the one with Chris Evans.

    I'm talking about the one with with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May on Amazon.

    I'm a little bit shocked as I heard so many rumours about it being Netflix, Sky or ITV. Then all of a sudden Amazon come in and win the contract wth a new series.

    How do you all feel about this?
     
  2. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    I think the BBC will reinvent the show and we'll be looking back at the old Top Gear seeing it as tired and long overdue a revamp.

    The Amazon show will clutch onto the old style and, although it'll have double the budget, it'll look tired and have disappointing ratings.
     
  3. Blujelly thread starter macrumors 65816

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  4. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    This is confusing. This should be the "Clarkson, May, Hammond Amazon Project" thread until the show has a real name.
     
  5. Blujelly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well if a mod is about I can change it that would be great.
     
  6. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    @maflynn can you help us out?

    Back on topic, I think the new show with a new layout and a higher budget will work out great for CMH. Also, the global exposure will be great and will probably even further globalize the show.
     
  7. OllyW Moderator

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    Is that better?

    I think it was time for a change. Certain bits of the last series were quite entertaining but a lot of it was predictable and following the same old tired formula so it will be interesting to see what direction the new Top Gear takes.
     
  8. Blujelly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I think it would will be great as you say including there budget. I can see this also being there's last work they do if that's makes sense.

    Do this for 5-7 years then call it a day.
     
  9. Blujelly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for changing it.

    Yeah maybe it's time they had a new fresh approach.
     
  10. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Good news!

    I was expecting Netflix. Amazon came out of nowhere. The $100 a year I spend on Prime just got even more worth it.
     
  11. Blujelly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I was the same as mentioned above, I literally had no idea about Amazon until my Twitter feed went crazy with the news.
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    I changed the title to Clarkson, May, Hammond Amazon Project - how's that.
     
  13. OllyW Moderator

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    I had already changed it. :p
     
  14. maflynn Moderator

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    Do'h, I saw the notification since I was mentioned in a post and cut/pasted the title.
     
  15. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Can I try both and then make up my mind? I think there is room in my life for 3 shows.
    New Top Gear
    Clarkson and co on Amazon
    Old top Gear (which is on Dave 24-7 anyway!)
     
  16. Blujelly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'll let you have two

    One of them being Dave.


    Then you can have a week trial with the other two and decide haha.
     
  17. Dagless macrumors Core

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    The BBC one because I'm not going to buy Amazon Prime just to watch it. I'd watch it on Netflix and I'm not buying another service. Guess there's always torrents! Heh. Wonder if Amazon's Top Gear will continued to be the most torrented show?
     
  18. FierceCorgi macrumors newbie

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    I've been thinking that the new project might be more focused around their "road trip"-styled shows, since they won't have access to the old hangar, test track, the Stig, the "reasonably-priced car", etc. Instead of having a studio-based show, just have them be out at a different region for each episode.

    Having said that, I don't think we've reached "peak motoring show" yet - there's room for both shows in my schedule.
     
  19. Blujelly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Good points I guess they could rent a track. Or build one…
     
  20. FierceCorgi macrumors newbie

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    They've visited various famous tracks over the years, I think they can find places to test out cars if that's what they want to do. :)
     
  21. Jmona macrumors 6502a

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    I just find it quite funny that of all people an American was the highest bidder and winner. I wonder how much is the Hammster mocking Jeremy at the moment since Hammond is more Americanized according to James and Jeremy and gave him hell on TG for it.
     
  22. takao macrumors 68040

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    actually it is not surprising.... as far as i read they had a 2 year clause in their old contract that prevents them from making another motoring show on an "other TV broadcaster available in the UK" so going to a streaming service was an ovious choice.

    i also though netflix wins simply because of the huge availability but i think amazon knew that if netflix would get the show hey would have a huge advantage in the streaming market. Because of that amazon open their coffers big time.
    Top gear with them was literally watched around the globe with incredible pull even across very,very different markets so it's going to be a sure hit easy to re-sell with little risk.
    Them dropping "star in a reasonable priced car" because of legal reasons actually even favours them because usually those were the weakest parts of the show.

    The BBC continuing top gear with Chris Evans is much more risky. He is famous for his UK radio shows but completly unknown outside of the UK.
    If i had a buck for every time i read "Chris Evans ? You mean Capt. America ?" over the last weeks on messaging boards in austria/germany i could sure go out for quite a fancy dinner with champagne.
    Top gear without the 3 characters very likely will suffer in international ratings soon.


    Other carshows in other countries can be quite hilarious and entertaining as well so competition is strong in international markets. ... Red Bull sponsored Servus TV in Austria for example produces a car show called "Speedgang" presented by David Coulthard which intercuts reports about certain exotic vehicles or garage engineers building outragous vehicles involve said speed gang competing in challenges against each other.
    Except said speedgang this season didn't consist of some radio personalities but included Jean Alesi, Sebastien Loeb, Mark Webber, Timo Scheider(DTM champion), Heinz Kinigardner(austrian motorcross legend),Raimund Baumschlager(12times austrian ralley champion)
    Seeing Jean Alesi doing 50 meter wheelies with a dune buggy in a desert or Sebastian Loeb trying to drive as far as possible with 2 wheels in an old Golf is what BBC Top Gear is up against
     
  23. Blujelly, Jul 31, 2015
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    Blujelly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    £160 million = 3 year deal, 36 episodes

    That's what Amazon paid.
     
  24. sunapple macrumors 6502a

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    Old Top Gear (Clarkson, Hammond and May 2002-2015) really changed from being a car show with some actual consumer advice to a car show with.. ehm.. the type of advice that is not about green cars as in eco-friendly, but actual green Lamborghinis - and still call it "green consumer advice".

    I liked that change, although fun has always been part of Top Gear of course. Just the three guys you've known and loved for years doing whatever the writers can think of that is both entertaining and contains cars.

    Amazone's Clarkson, Hammond and May: entertainment, fun, cars; like I've just described.
    Top Gear on BBC with Chris Evans (2015-): going back to the Top Gear roots, hopefully not only consumer advice, but also with some fun in the mix. Just a bit more serious television (could be wrong not this, since we don't know the actual format yet)

    Who knows, maybe the new Top Gear will eventually go the same way as the previous version did. The one thing I know for sure is that Clarkson, Hammond and May will continu to make fun and entertaining shows with the kind of humor they always use. Regular Top Gear with less restrictions. It's just what these three are meant to do.. I've always really enjoyed that, but I know others might want something new. Anyway, Amazone's show should become a succes.
     
  25. Suture macrumors 6502a

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    I wish I could retract my vote. Found this confusing.

    As much as I like Top Gear, I just view it as entertainment. I will certainly check out the Amazon show.
     

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