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Top Gear: BBC America Teases New Season with Matt LeBlanc

28 December 2016 5:41 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

"You ready?" BBC America has released a new preview for the upcoming season of Top Gear featuring Matt LeBlanc.In September, we reported that LeBlanc would return for the 24th season of the car show. The Friends star joined the UK program last season after regular hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May left. Regular contributors Chris Harris, Rory Reid, Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, and The Stig are all returning for the new season.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘The Grand Tour’ Host Richard Hammond Under Fire For Suggesting Eating Ice Cream Is Gay

28 December 2016 10:47 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond has been criticized for making a joke on the Amazon Prime flagship motoring show that suggested eating ice cream is gay. Hammond, who made the comment on the sixth episode of the new show in front of a live audience, was responding to a comment made by co-host Jeremy Clarkson who pointed to a photo of a Volvo's interior saying, "The only problem is that in one of those, you couldn't enjoy a chocolate Magnum ice cream." Hammond replied… »

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‘The Grand Tour’s’ Richard Hammond Sparks Controversy With ‘Ice Cream Is Gay’ Remark

28 December 2016 8:20 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Grand Tour” was expected to provoke controversy, and the sixth episode of Amazon Prime’s flagship motoring show has delivered with a gag from co-host Richard Hammond suggesting that “eating ice-cream is gay.”

Hammond’s comment came as Jeremy Clarkson, addressing a live audience, pointed out that you “couldn’t enjoy a chocolate Magnum ice cream” in a Volvo with white seats.

“It’s alright, I don’t eat ice cream,” Hammond said. “It’s something to do with being straight,” he added, to applause and cheers from the audience.

Probed by Clarkson — “You’re saying all children are homosexual?” — Hammond went on to maintain that “Ice cream is a bit… you know. There’s nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice cream — it’s that way, rather than that way.”

U.K. newspapers The Independent and The Guardian, which called “The Grand Tour” a “zombified corpse” of “Top Gear,” have »

- John Hopewell

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Richard Hammond Whipped, Creamed for Saying Ice Cream Is Gay

28 December 2016 7:45 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Richard Hammond’s publicist probably wants to shove a banana split in the “Grand Tour” host’s pie-hole right now. The Amazon personality has given social media a collective brain freeze over a bizarre attempt at a joke during a recent episode. Hammond told colleague Jeremy Clarkson that he doesn’t eat ice cream, which he said “has something to do with being straight.” “There’s nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice cream, it’s a bit, you know — it’s that way rather than that way,” Hammond continued putting his foot in his mouth (again, »

- Tony Maglio

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Amazon's 'Grand Tour' Host Under Fire for Suggesting Eating Ice Cream Is Gay

28 December 2016 3:50 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

For many, it was only going to be a matter of time before there was some sort of controversy involving the hosts of Amazon's big-budget motoring show The Grand Tour.

But instead of it stemming from Jeremy Clarkson, who was famously axed from BBC hit show Top Gear after punching a producer in early 2015, it was his co-presenter Richard Hammond who faced the wrath of the internet on the episode that became available on Amazon Dec. 2.

During a discussion segment of the show, Clarkson suggested the problem with a car's light-colored leather interior lay in the fact that it would prevent »

- Alex Ritman

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‘The Grand Tour’ Co-Host Richard Hammond Slammed for Bizarre Gay Joke

27 December 2016 11:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Grand Tour” co-host Richard Hammond is under fire for making a joke during the Amazon series’ sixth episode about not eating ice cream because he’s straight.

The conversation began when Jeremy Clarkson was talking about the interior of a Rolls Royce, stating, “The only problem is that in one of those, you couldn’t enjoy a chocolate Magnum ice cream.”

It was then that Hammond replied, “It’s all right, I don’t eat ice cream. It’s something to do with being straight.”

As the audience began to applaud, Clarkson and James May looked taken aback. “Why are you applauding him?” Clarkson asked. “What do you mean?…You’re saying all children are homosexual?”

Hammond continued by saying, “Ice cream is a bit – you know. There’s nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice cream – it’s that way, rather than that way. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘The Grand Tour’ Co-Host Richard Hammond Slammed for Bizarre Gay Joke

27 December 2016 11:15 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Grand Tour” co-host Richard Hammond is under fire for making a joke during the Amazon series’ sixth episode about not eating ice cream because he’s straight.

The conversation began when Jeremy Clarkson was talking about the interior of a Rolls Royce, stating, “The only problem is that in one of those, you couldn’t enjoy a chocolate Magnum ice cream.”

It was then that Hammond replied, “It’s all right, I don’t eat ice cream. It’s something to do with being straight.”

As the audience began to applaud, Clarkson and James May looked taken aback. “Why are you applauding him?” Clarkson asked. “What do you mean?…You’re saying all children are homosexual?”

Hammond continued by saying, “Ice cream is a bit – you know. There’s nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice cream – it’s that way, rather than that way. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘The Grand Tour’ Special Trailer: The Former ‘Top Gear’ Gang Embarks On a Namibian Adventure

26 December 2016 11:22 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

After hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May left the popular BBC series “Top Gear” in 2015, fans of the series were devastated. That is until the trio joined back up again for “The Grand Tour,” a spiritual successor to the series streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime. The series premiered on November 18 and new episodes of the series stream on Amazon weekly. In the days following its initial premiere, the pilot became Amazon’s most watched premiere episode.

Read More: ‘The Grand Tour’ Review: Jeremy Clarkson Recreates ‘Top Gear’ in America, Because This Is Where Disgraced Reality Stars Thrive

Now, Amazon has released the trailer for the series’ two-part special “The Beach (Buggy) Boys,” filmed in Namibia. The trailer shows the trio abandon their standard traveling tent and attempt to to prove “Grand Tour” producer Andy Wilman wrong when he declares that beach buggies are terrible. The trio saddle up »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘The Grand Tour’ Special Trailer: The Former ‘Top Gear’ Gang Embarks On a Namibian Adventure

26 December 2016 11:22 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May left the popular BBC series “Top Gear” in 2015, fans of the series were devastated. That is until the trio joined back up again for “The Grand Tour,” a spiritual successor to the series streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime. The series premiered on November 18 and new episodes of the series stream on Amazon weekly. In the days following its initial premiere, the pilot became Amazon’s most watched premiere episode.

Read More: ‘The Grand Tour’ Review: Jeremy Clarkson Recreates ‘Top Gear’ in America, Because This Is Where Disgraced Reality Stars Thrive

Now, Amazon has released the trailer for the series’ two-part special “The Beach (Buggy) Boys,” filmed in Namibia. The trailer shows the trio abandon their standard traveling tent and attempt to to prove “Grand Tour” producer Andy Wilman wrong when he declares that beach buggies are terrible. The trio saddle up »

- Vikram Murthi

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The Grand Tour: Clarkson comes over all Christmassy – but he's still in panto mode

23 December 2016 6:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This week, Jeremy Clarkson and chums are pitching up in Lapland and decking their tent with tinsel. But instead of unleashing festive chaos, the trio are clearly coasting. Where is this show’s soul?

During every Clarkson-fronted car review, there is a moment where Jeremy, having dutifully listed the engine specs and new features of the vehicle in question, ceremonially disables the driving-assist technology. A newly unleashed engine roars. Tyres screech in protest. The car hurtles round the next corner sideways, often with a worrying wobble. Clarkson, his expression oscillating between glee and terror, bellows “Crikey!” or somesuch. The suggestion is that, having stripped away all the manufacturer’s fail-safes and Abs nonsense, he is finally grappling with the car’s true nature, and that experiencing such rawness is exhilarating.

This no-safety-net pantomime happens twice in the new episode of The Grand Tour, as Richard Hammond and Clarkson deactivate »

- Graeme Virtue

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Top Gear Live event firm pushed to loss after Clarkson rebrand

23 December 2016 5:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Global tour, which rebranded as Clarkson, Hammond and May Live after Clarkson left the BBC, reports £1.7m loss

The company behind Top Gear Live saw losses widen to almost £2m last year, as the popularity of the global motoring show fell after a forced rebrand following the fallout from Jeremy Clarkson’s fracas with a producer on the BBC2 programme.

The international tour, which was forced to rebrand as Clarkson, Hammond and May Live and strip all BBC branding following Clarkson’s departure from the corporation, racked up a loss of £1.7m in the year to the end of March.

Related: Clarkson, Hammond and May review: Top Gear trio take aim at BBC

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- Mark Sweney

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The Grand Tour heads to Finland in episode 6 trailer

21 December 2016 1:35 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: David Sztypuljak

Last week saw the intrepid trio in Rotterdam, Holland for the fifth episode of the hugely popular Amazon TV show The Grand Tour, now Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May travel to Finland for the 6th episode of the show.

Last week was one of the most entertaining yet with the amusing colleagues and friends taking a Maza Mx-5, a Zenos E10 and an Alfa Romeo 4C Spider off to Morocco while completing the usual ridiculous challenges that ‘the director’ sets them although it was Jeremy Clarkson who decided to use animals in his own weigh-bridge!

The highlight for me (and no doubt many others) was Hammond and May playing Battleships with giant cranes, g-whizz cars and rather epic explosives! Yet again Amazon Prime are sparing no expense to make sure that their audience is as entertained as possible in their new flagship show.

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- David Sztypuljak

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The Grand Tour: Clarksonism goes global!

16 December 2016 4:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Jeremy Clarkson’s show rolls out worldwide, so too does his PC-baiting brand of Britishness. But is the world ready for migrants stuffed in a car boot?

We don’t know how popular The Grand Tour is. Online content behemoths don’t feel obliged to share viewing figures, and Amazon have made do with describing it as “the biggest show premiere ever on Amazon Prime Video”. According to “piracy market data analysts” Muso, it’s the most illegally downloaded show in the world. Even more illegally downloaded than Game of Thrones. But what proportion of the total audience is made up of illegals we don’t know. And quite who that audience actually is, we have not much of a clue at all.

Top Gear was a British television show that found an international audience. The Grand Tour is an international show. According to the head of Netflix Ted Sarandos, »

- Paul MacInnes

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The Worst TV of 2016

14 December 2016 11:49 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

We watch a lot of television. Most of the time, our job descriptions are a dream come true. Sometimes, though, television is very bad — and as the people responsible for covering it, we can’t look away. We’ve seen all the rebooted franchises and rehashed talk-show formats; the streaming bloat and the prestige fatigue. We watch the football games and the 24-hour news, the awards shows and the special reports. Peak TV means there’s more television to watch than ever — but along with great programming comes predictable duds, riding the wave of buzz and media to stink, with passive-aggressive insistence, on our always-on screens.

The Variety TV staff went through this year’s programming to come up with the frustrations, disappointments, and atrocities that dotted the television landscape. Some are grand ideas that flopped in execution; others are moments of failure within larger shows. There are many different ways to make terrible television, as »

- Variety Staff

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How Tony Hall Turned Around the BBC

14 December 2016 8:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tony Hall is used to dealing with divas — literally. For a dozen years, he ran the Royal Opera House, a cherished but struggling institution plagued by in-fighting and financial ineptitude. Hall re-established the venue as an ambitious, vital force on London’s cultural scene.

The experience proved a valuable rehearsal for the even tougher post he occupies now. As director-general of the British Broadcasting Corp., Hall sits atop a public broadcaster many call the envy of the world, one with global name-recognition and vast resources. But he took on the job at a moment of deep crisis for the BBC, and was immediately confronted by a host of strong-willed personalities — politicians, viewers, employees — demanding change.

By all accounts, Hall has successfully juggled those competing demands and brought some much-needed stability to a media giant that teetered on the brink of disaster. In his three years at the helm, he has steered the Beeb through a sex-abuse scandal »

- Henry Chu

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‘The Grand Tour’ Surpasses ‘Game of Thrones’ as the Most Illegally Downloaded Show

12 December 2016 4:02 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Among its many other awards and laurels, “Game of Thrones” has long held the questionable distinction of being the most illegally downloaded TV show. No more. HBO’s high-fantasy drama has now been surpassed on that front by “The Grand Tour,” whose rather expensive pilot episode has been pirated nearly 8 million times since premiering on November 18.

Read More: ‘The Grand Tour’ Review: Jeremy Clarkson Recreates ‘Top Gear’ in America, Because This Is Where Disgraced Reality Stars Thrive

The show, a sort of spiritual successor to the highly successful “Top Gear” starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, streams on Amazon. Four episodes have been released to date, and though each successive one is said to have been illegally downloaded less than the one before it — 6.4 million downloads for Episode 2, 4.6 million for Episode 3 — the figures are surely much higher than Amazon would like.

Read More: ‘The Grand Tour’ Trailer: Jeremy Clarkson »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The Grand Tour’ Surpasses ‘Game of Thrones’ as the Most Illegally Downloaded Show

12 December 2016 4:02 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Among its many other awards and laurels, “Game of Thrones” has long held the questionable distinction of being the most illegally downloaded TV show. No more. HBO’s high-fantasy drama has now been surpassed on that front by “The Grand Tour,” whose rather expensive pilot episode has been pirated nearly 8 million times since premiering on November 18.

Read More: ‘The Grand Tour’ Review: Jeremy Clarkson Recreates ‘Top Gear’ in America, Because This Is Where Disgraced Reality Stars Thrive

The show, a sort of spiritual successor to the highly successful “Top Gear” starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, streams on Amazon. Four episodes have been released to date, and though each successive one is said to have been illegally downloaded less than the one before it — 6.4 million downloads for Episode 2, 4.6 million for Episode 3 — the figures are surely much higher than Amazon would like.

Read More: ‘The Grand Tour’ Trailer: Jeremy Clarkson »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The Grand Tour’ Most Illegally Downloaded Show in History (Report)

11 December 2016 2:19 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Amazon Prime show “The Grand Tour” is racking up millions of views online — but they’re not all the kind its makers seek. The first episode alone of the adventure show for car enthusiasts has been illegally downloaded an estimated 7.9 million times, according piracy tracking firm Muso (via The Daily Mail). Muso says “The Grand Tour” is now the most illegally downloaded show in history. Also Read: Amazon's 'Grand Tour' Triples 'Man in the High Castle' Viewers (Exclusive) The show revolves around longtime British broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson in what’s been billed as a major career comeback. What makes the problem worse is. »

- Meriah Doty

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The Grand Tour: Jeremy Clarkson is really taunting the BBC now

3 December 2016 5:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new show is part tease, part watch advert – with swearing and stunts that would give the BBC standards committee palpitations

Jeremy Clarkson sported a large scab on the side of his nose in this week’s episode of The Grand Tour. It was never explained whether it was the result of a stunt or a supper order gone wrong. But, of the three episodes in Clarkson’s comeback released so far, this one seemed most intent on giving the BBC a bloody nose.

One of the freedoms Clarkson and his producer Andy Wilman have in their new travelling home – this week, they pitched their studio tent in Whitby – is that episodes can vary in length: the third was 62 minutes, up from 57 in the second but significantly down from the 71 of their online debut.

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- Mark Lawson

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New on Amazon Prime in December – what to watch this Christmas

2 December 2016 8:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jeremy Clarkson’s car show aside, there’s a veritable festive feast for you here, from Meet Me in St Louis to the Wizard of Oz – and Westworld the movie

The Grand Tour (new episodes every Friday)

What Clarkson did next. The troublesome trio’s big-money banter-fuelled trip around the world continues at a petrol-guzzling pace. Are they still firing on all cylinders? And can they keep up their apparent attack on the BBC? Find out every Friday at midnight.

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- Kate Abbott

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