dbskyler: (this is a fake)
I'm American. I grew up on American television, and for the most part, I like American television. (I am, of course, not including Jersey Shore, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, or Fox News in my definition of American television, under the very good justification that they are huge embarrassments and thus hopefully a secret plot by the Canadians to make us look bad.)

However, I recently tried to watch some of the American version of Top Gear, and it was terrible. The most terrible thing about it was that you could tell how hard they were trying while failing utterly. The challenges were the same as the British version. The graphics and music were the same. The camera angles were the same. But it was terrible, and all because of one simple fact: the American version did not feature Jeremy Clarkson, or Richard Hammond, or James May. It featured three Americans who were not interesting, not entertaining, and actually cringe-inducing in their attempts to be both.

Here's the thing, American TV: Sometimes you get it very, very right. Big Bang Theory. The Daily Show. Quark. (Yes, that was a brilliant show! Brilliant!) But sometimes you seem to think that you can buy a formula and put any three jerks in front of the camera and still have a good show. You are wrong.

Try again. Get some hosts with personality and interpersonal chemistry. And realize that ultimately, Top Gear is no more about the cars than Fox News is about news reporting. If you have trouble telling the difference, Jon Stewart can straighten it out for you.

why?

Jan. 20th, 2012 04:29 pm
dbskyler: (up to eleven)
I just came across an American version of Top Gear. Why does this exist? Just like everyone else, we have the British version of Top Gear. Isn't that all we need? Why do American television executives seem to believe that Americans won't watch TV where people speak with British accents?

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