Will Evans be the lead host -- or the sole host?
The Chris Evans-helmed "Top Gear UK" now has a firm launch date, with the new host confirming that the program (or programme, depending where you live) will make its TV debut on May 8 of next year.
The new host told Radio 2's "Breakfast Kitchen" show that the team has "already started making the films," adding that "'we're going to America to make our first intercontinental in January." A total of 16 episodes will make up the new 2016 season, with the production time for the elaborate shows taking place months before the studio segments are taped. Typically, "Top Gear" has aired two seasons composed of six episodes each every year, though there have been a few departures from that format over the years due to various production needs.
What is still unclear is whether Evans will be the lead host or the only host. Even though the producers, along with Evans, have held much-publicized casting over the summer, inviting everyone to submit short videos, more cast members have not been named or even hinted at -- aside from The Stig, of course, a character who will very much be a part of the show despite being a Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Wilman creation.
But Evans has indicated that it's possible he may host the show alone and on several occasions has said that he does not want to try to replicate the show's old three-host format.
"We are going to do things differently, because we have to, we want to," Evans told the press, including journalists from The Guardian, at the Mipcom TV trade show in Cannes in October. "They were brilliant at it, Iím not going to do that. Theyíre the Three Stooges, they are the Bee Gees, they are and Iím not, Iím me. Iím on my own, so do I form a band or not?"
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