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The best I can say about the new season of Top Gear AmericaThe second is that it is a very good and attractive car show. This is the best thing I can say because it can’t be said about almost every other auto show. Jethro Bovingdon, one of her three hosts – along with Dax Shepard and Rob Corddry – told me that this season really is the kind of show they’ve always wanted to put on. First time.

It was the first time, though, that it was a season produced under pandemic restrictions, which meant filming was largely confined to California, resulting in a show that felt a little forced. This feeling was exacerbated by the fact that the chemistry of the hosts did not yet exist, as the trio only met on Zoom before filming began.

Dax and Rob Super Car Racing

Neither of those issues return for the show’s second season, which consists of ten episodes that air once a week starting Friday. MotorTrend +. I’ve seen most of them, having had early access before my conversation with Bovingdon. This time, the chemistry is really there. The locations—Montana, Seattle, and Las Vegas, among others—add some heft and purpose. Presentation now, in a word, coherent. Behind the scenes, Buffingdon said, the three hosts were also more confident.

“The wonderful thing, to me, in working with someone like Rob is that they are so used to this. And they know when they can say forcefully, ‘No, we don’t,’” Buffingdon told me. “For me, almost as a guest in this little world, It’s hard sometimes to be completely honest…but as a team, we’re in luck. We all agree on everything in general – not in terms of car options, but in terms of directions and things. We have always created a united front.”

Buffingdon admits there is a learning curve with the producers, especially when it comes to his more than 20-year career as a car reviewer, which began in the British magazine Evo. “I think the producers took some time, especially with me. They’re like, ‘Well, we’ve never had to deal with someone who knows a lot about cars’… They’re used to making regular Hollywood shows, if you like, where talent shows up, does what you tell them to do.” him and goes home. With us, we were more involved from start to finish. I think they were like that in season one [hedging] About that and in season two they were ready to embrace what we wanted to do.”

Friday’s premiere kicks off as hosts put the 2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition (Dax), Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (Rob), and Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport (Jethro) through their Montana steps. In the second episode, the crew went to Seattle in search of the best car for the director. The next eight episodes continue like this. I’ll only share spoilers to reveal the existence of a junk race, which Buffingdon says was the most fun he’s had. Of course, there are a lot of bats.

All episodes were filmed over the course of three or four months last summer. Buffingdon says he, Shepherd, and Corddry are confident they put in a good show, though there are always nerves when the final product is shown in front of viewers.

Trailer for the second season of Top Gear America | MotorTrend +

“I’ve always said this — I love making car videos, and I don’t want anyone to see them,” Buffingdon said. “Because you always worry about the reaction. Obviously I would love for everyone in the world to watch it and then all of a sudden to make millions of dollars through season three, four and five. But for now, I’m going to make people enjoy and love it.”

Jokes aside, Buffingdon said there’s a third season up in the air right now — for now, the team is focused on launching the second season and enjoying as much success as possible. Furthermore, Shepard, Bovingdon, and Corddry all feel that the show could exceed the current 35-minute episode length.

“I think that’s going to be the next development,” Buffingdon said. “If we could do that, I would like to spend 44 minutes or something. It would be the format for an hour of TV.”

Buffingdon said that the show is, for the most part, the original essay, although he admits that some of the harsh aspects have been smoothed out. This is not a crime. It’s how everyone makes their car TV. Even more important is the fact that the hosts do not get bored with the materials, the biggest (not punchingThe problem that plagued later seasons of the Clarkson era maximum speed.

“It definitely feels refreshing,” Buffingdon said. “I love going to the place. I guess that’s the one thing — you don’t have to fake it. Like, we come in and we’re always either in a really great car or in a really bad car… You know, that’s good. That’s interesting. That’s what I said.” To producers from day one, Dax and Rob have been the same: If it’s the right situation, you don’t have to worry about anything else. It’s going to happen, you know, it’s going to unfold. It’s like a group of friends going out. If you’re in the right situation, good things will happen.” .

As a viewer, I was surprised at how well this trio worked together, and how cohesive and enjoyable Season 2 turned out to be. Buffingdon found some surprises, too. “I want now Suzuki Jimny “I never expected it,” he said, after driving the rugged little car off-road in a loop.

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