Modern day TV production is an expensive business, in the USA where networks are well known for being ruthless when a show is not cutting it in the ratings war.
Networks such as CBS and NBC have faced massive fan backlash due to sudden and cutthroat cancellations of shows that were struggling in the ratings, Jericho and Firefly were memorable examples of such cancellations in recent years that provoked a massive outcry upon cancellation.
It would appear that the excellent Top Gear USA may well be the next unfortunate victim of such network policies, TG USA presenter and owner of the world’s biggest plaid shirt collection Rutledge Wood stated on his Facebook page yesterday:
“I’m very sad to say, but Tuesday night’s #TopGear on History is the last TG US that we have shot for you. I’m not saying Top Gear on History is done, but it’s done for the immediate future on History.”
Whilst this confirms that the History channel will no longer be picking the show up for a sixth season, there is still a possibility that another network may pick up TG US for a 7th season.
If tonight’s episode is indeed it’s last then it will be a very sad day indeed, TG US launched in 2010 to mixed reviews and concerns about the presenters chemistry and the format, however as the show continued it became clear that Wood and his fellow presenters, Adam Ferrara and Tanner Foust had great chemistry on screen as they are clearly friends off-screen. TG US for me at least, produced some genuine laugh out loud moments with the presenters continually mocking each other during the show while providing some jaw-dropping visuals and car stunts for good measure.
The sight of Wood and Ferrara mocking their rally-cross champion colleague Foust by referring to him continually as ‘Tiny Dancer, this is turn was always met with riposte by Ferrara and Foust referring to the fact that Rutledge Wood possibly has a rather oversized skull.
This combined with the demolition skills of Ferrara, the loveable southern drawl of Wood along with the considerable driving skills of Faust made for what became a great show worthy of the Top Gear name in its own right.
Here’s to hoping that a network will pick up TG US as soon as possible because the world is simply a better place with TG US in it.