The classic Top Gear gang is back, but this time, it is on Amazon and the show isn't called Top Gear. After months of waiting, Amazon has finally announced the premiere date for The Grand Tour, the new show that has all three of the classic Top Gear hosts doing what they do best. Yes, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are all on board for The Grand Tour, which is set to debut exclusively on Amazon Prime this November.
Amazon made a deal with the trio for a new show last year, but the details have been pretty quiet up to now. On Thursday, Amazon finally uploaded the first trailer for the show to YouTube, revealing the premiere date and title. The trailer should be extremely encouraging to Top Gear fans, as it is the usual amount of bombastic. It may be called The Grand Tour, but it definitely looks like Amazon Presents Top Gear, which is pretty much the best case scenario. Jay Marine, Vice President of Amazon Prime Video EU, had this to say about the show in a statement following the announcement.
"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."
BBC's Top Gear was one of the most popular shows in the world during its run with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. However, there had been incidents involving Clarkson over the years, and when he reportedly punched one of the producers in 2015, that was the last straw. He was fired from the show. James May and Richard Hammond did not want to continue the show without him, so they all walked away, and Amazon came to the rescue.
Top Gear didn't fare nearly as well last season with the show's new hosts, Friends star Matt LeBlanc and radio host but not Captain America star Chris Evans. The latter left the show after just one season and LeBlanc is not yet committed to doing another. The Grand Tour has been picked up for three seasons by Amazon and will feature car-centric segments filmed all around the world, as well as segments filmed in front of a live audience inside a large tent, just like the trio had done on Top Gear for years.
Amazon also released the first promotional poster for the show to go along with the announcement trailer, which features the gang staring off into the distance at something in front of a light blue background. The poster also gives us a good look at the new logo for the show. The Grand Tour is set to hit Amazon Prime on November 18, with new episodes dropping every Friday for 12 weeks. Be sure to check out the first trailer and poster for The Grand Tour for yourself below.