Amazon has put the finishing touches on and set the launch date for its hotly anticipated car show built around the former “Top Gear” co-hosts.
The Amazon Original series “The Grand Tour,” with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, will be released starting Nov. 18. New episodes will come out weekly on Amazon Prime Video, every Friday, exclusively for Prime members.
The BBC, where “Top Gear” became a huge international hit with Clarkson, Hammond and May, cleaned house after Clarkson reportedly punched a producer in early 2015. Clarkson was fired from the show, and Hammond and May soon exited in a show of support.
“Top Gear” has since retooled, getting off to a less than stellar start with a batch of new hosts that includes “Friends” alum Matt LeBlanc.
“Jeremy, Richard and James have committed to three series of ‘The Grand Tour’ as part of a landmark global TV deal and for the last year, the team have been traveling the world filming this first series in exciting locations across the globe,” Amazon said in an announcement Thursday. “Their ‘Grand Tour’ also includes studio audience recordings filmed in front of a live audience in their giant traveling tent. The team has already brought the tent to Johannesburg and will be heading to California later this month.”
Said Jay Marine, Vice President of Amazon Prime Video EU: “Customers have been desperate to find out when they can watch their favorite team back on screen, so we are very excited to announce the launch date of one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016. The guys have been having a blast filming the show around the world and we can’t wait for fans to see it weekly beginning November 18, only on Amazon Prime Video.”
Here’s a teaser …