Clarkson and Co's "The Grand Tour" Does what the New Top Gear Failed

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Despite the relatively calm and apologetic tone that Clarkson used to talk about his BBC exit ever since it happened more than a year ago, undoubtedly there's no love lost between the two.
The fact that, together with his two former colleagues, James May and Richard Hammond, as well as executive producer Andy Wilman, Clarkson is getting ready to launch a new car show on Amazon Prime called "The Grand Tour," is only going to add fuel to the fire.

He went from being the old successful host of a show the BBC network is struggling to put back on track, to the new host of a possibly successful show on a competing network. All the fans that continued to watch the old Top Gear just because they had no other alternative will now snub Matt LeBlanc and whoever they decide to bring as the new host and glue their eyes to The Grand Tour instead.

Judging by what we've seen so far, it looks like the new show will be the true successor of the Top Gear we've gotten used to over the last few years. The new Top Gear tried to bring as few adjustments to the recipe as possible, fearing it would otherwise alienate fans, but what it didn't take into consideration was that the main ingredient was missing: the three blokes and their three very different personalities.

The Grand Tour will also employ the tried and tested methods of having the show's cast travel around the world and do stupid things. But unlike the new Top Gear, The Grand Tour will still have Clarkson, Hammond, and May. What it will also have is Hollywood A-Listers invited as guests, something the latest Top Gear Series struggled with.

You will probably remember that the first new episode of TG was supposed to feature Brad Pitt as the main guest, but the American actor pulled out at the last minute. He was substituted by Jesse Eisenberg who, despite being a very nice and funny guy, he's just not at the same level of stardom as Brad Pitt. The fact that half of you had to Google his name just now is clear proof of that.

According to The Mirror, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron have already confirmed they will feature in Clarkson's new show, with promises of seeing more stars of the same caliber throughout the first season of the series. The Grand Tour probably didn't really need big Hollywood names to reach much larger audiences than the new Top Gear, but it can't hurt either.
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