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Top Gear: Why Rory Reid should be promoted to save the show

I 100% agree. I've liked every single moment of him being on-screen, be it on the main show or the after-show.

The general feeling from the press, people tweeting, boards like this both internationally and in the UK, is that while some people are totally fed up with the show, that most people think the show will work if you make one change: Chris Evans.  People like Matt LeBlanc, which I can mostly agree with as long as they make his stuff sound less scripted. People like Sabine, Eddie and Rory. The way forward is to put Rory in Chris' spot, standing next to LeBlanc, and send Shouty McShoutface back to radio.

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Ha! I wouldn't actually care because I find the entire revamped version unwatchable so I am bit watching but he was such an absolute ass in the media that I hate him. 

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I wouldn't conclude from this that LeBlanc stays. I could easily see a situation where they use this as a reason to totally clean house instead.  LeBlanc can't be cheap.  And remember that Matt now has a US sitcom coming on late this year. He may want out himself, because dividing time between L.A. and London is all but impossible over the long term.

I'd hate to see Rory, other Chris, and Eddie go, but they're vulnerable too (despite them being far better than Evans, and arguably even Matt). 

Lowest impact is that they simply promote Rory, keep Matt and all of the others and change nothing else. But I'm skeptical they'd approach it that way.

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Unnamed BBC sources have told different British media outlets that they currently plan to keep everyone else. Variety reported yesterday that LeBlanc is going to be the lead host for season 24 but other sources suggest that he has yet to finalize a contract for an additional season.

You've brought up the sitcom issue for a few times, which got me curious. According to Zap2it, “Man With the Plan” is in first position but LeBlanc has it written into his contract that production makes room for work on Top Gear. I would guess that the new sitcom follows a typical five day schedule, with shooting days being the lengthiest. So maybe he can work on the two days off and then after table reads on day one? Then film all the studio segments during winter hiatus? I dunno. The closest commuting parallel I can think of are judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli at Dancing with the Stars. They spent ten seasons flying between London & Los Angeles twice a week to accommodate Strictly Come Dancing in the fall. I believe Tonioli still does.  

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So Nu Top Gear failed. I am amazed. Plenty of people said from the start that it was a mistake to try replacing the three guys with a random assortment of newbies and try to keep the same format. Plenty of people said using Evans was a mistake, as he's an awful presenter with nothing about him other than shrill shouting.

But it seems like they're not going to throw in the towel, as they should. If they keep LeBlanc, I might think about giving it a shot, as I like him. If they add Steve Coogan, as some have suggested, then I'm just as out as when Evans was involved.

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On 7/6/2016 at 9:50 PM, halopub said:

Unnamed BBC sources have told different British media outlets that they currently plan to keep everyone else. Variety reported yesterday that LeBlanc is going to be the lead host for season 24 but other sources suggest that he has yet to finalize a contract for an additional season.

You've brought up the sitcom issue for a few times, which got me curious. According to Zap2it, “Man With the Plan” is in first position but LeBlanc has it written into his contract that production makes room for work on Top Gear. I would guess that the new sitcom follows a typical five day schedule, with shooting days being the lengthiest. So maybe he can work on the two days off and then after table reads on day one? Then film all the studio segments during winter hiatus? I dunno. The closest commuting parallel I can think of are judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli at Dancing with the Stars. They spent ten seasons flying between London & Los Angeles twice a week to accommodate Strictly Come Dancing in the fall. I believe Tonioli still does.  

I think a sitcom has a far more punishing schedule though. You have to learn lines and shoot and reshoot stuff, coordinate scenes and call times, and generally minimize costs. WIth DWTS they pretty much just show up for the taping and little else.

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8 hours ago, Kromm said:

I think a sitcom has a far more punishing schedule though. You have to learn lines and shoot and reshoot stuff, coordinate scenes and call times, and generally minimize costs. WIth DWTS they pretty much just show up for the taping and little else.

It's a multicam which is a lighter and easier schedule to manage.

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On 7/9/2016 at 7:49 AM, Kromm said:

I think a sitcom has a far more punishing schedule though. You have to learn lines and shoot and reshoot stuff, coordinate scenes and call times, and generally minimize costs. WIth DWTS they pretty much just show up for the taping and little else.

I agree that the parallels are limited. A sitcom is a relatively manageable schedule compared to a drama but it still runs four to five days an episode, with some 12 hour days. With DWTS, I suspect there is a lot more involved in a judge's work day than just primping for tapings but I get your point.

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There are reports that BBC execs are giving Alex Renton creative control for next season. And they're planning on bringing in writers, which is terrific.

The taping schedule for Man With a Plan is up. Assuming the sitcom uses a typical five day week, I think this means LeBlanc has a week off in both September and October.

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I think the first episode of the new series was great fun. I.ll hold on spoilers since it hasn't aired in the US yet.

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From the BBC archives (once they finally decided to have such a thing...), a little bit of old Top Gear.

I mean really old Top Gear.  The first ever episode, predating even Clarkson's first tenure:

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BBCAmerica is running a two hour retrospective for the boys Monday 28 May at 9p Eastern, 8p central time.  DVR alert!!!

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