Former Top Gear U.S. hosts Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust are reportedly working on a new project that would bring them back to television.
Fans of History’s Top Gear might want to start their engines. Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust, who hosted the American edition of the car program until it was canceled last June, are reportedly developing their own TV series.
Jalopnik is citing an unnamed “inside source” that says the trio are working on a new project with production company Anonymous Content, whose other credits include USA’s Mr. Robot and HBO’s True Detective.
No other details about the potential show were given, and it’s important to note that any project would still have to be picked up by a TV network.
But the Jalopnik report seems to confirm rumors that have been circulating ever since Top Gear came to an end last year. Ferrara, Wood and Foust all expressed interest in finding either a new home for the series or finding another TV project to work on together.
Yet BBC America recently decided to create its own Top Gear America with network personality Tom “Wookie” Ford (from BBCA’s short-lived car game show Mud, Sweat & Gears) hosting alongside actor-racer William Fichtner and NHRA star Antron Brown. That show will premiere later this year.
So that left Ferrara, Wood and Foust to strike out on their own without the brand name.
Still, the trio developed quite a fan following during their seasons hosting Top Gear US, and they could easily command an audience on another network if there’s a channel out there with money to fund more of their wild car-related adventures, and that can give them more promotion. The last days of Top Gear were certainly lacking in available reruns and muddled with schedule breaks that left fans wondering what season the show was even on.
Plus, moving away from the established name would resolve the frequent criticism that they leaned too much on re-using challenges from the original series.
The question is where will a new project fit in amongst a suddenly crowded car-show landscape? BBC America also broadcasts the still-going UK edition of Top Gear now fronted by the very not British Matt LeBlanc, while Amazon still has original TG hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May embarking upon at least two more seasons of The Grand Tour.
(And if you want to connect even more dots, Rutledge Wood actually competed alongside William Fichtner in last year’s final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, and with Antron Brown in the 2015 edition of the celebrity racing event. It’s a small world.)
There’s suddenly no shortage of TV programs involving a trio of guys going on ill-advised and very expensive car adventures, so whatever Ferrara, Wood and Foust get up to will have to find its own lane on the road. But these are the guys who once made a Mustang fly and even semi-impressed now President Donald Trump, so who knows what they might come up with?
It will certainly be interesting to see if the former Top Gear trio can make their way back to TV and find a network that is willing to take a chance on them. Would you be interested in watching a new series from Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust? Let us know in the comments.