Get ready to take The Grand Tour with the former hosts of Top Gear because that's what Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are calling their new show on Amazon Prime. The name comes from the fact that the action takes place around the world. The first season starts streaming this fall.
Like the U.K. Top Gear, there will still be a studio audience for some segments of the show, but the location will change for each episode. Amazon will announce the filming locations soon, and it will hold a sweepstakes this summer for people to win tickets to be there. Clarkson further clarified the concept on Twitter by saying, “So, the Grand Tour (GT for short) will come from a tent, which we will put up in a different location every week. Your town?”
Moving the studio for each episode seems laborious, but it makes sense. Amazon Prime has a reach across many countries around the world. By shifting the location frequently, The Grand Tour doesn’t only cater to a specific audience.
The trio has done a great of job at least making it seem like choosing a name was a long, difficult process. We’ve seen videos of the guys humorously brainstorming ideas, and they even kept the joke going in this announcement. “I wanted to call it ‘Nigel,’ or ‘Roger.’ We needed a name, and they’re names,” May said.
Clarkson, Hammond & May Announce The Name Of Their Amazon Prime Show
After months of deliberation and lots of useful suggestions from the public, for which the guys are very grateful, Amazon has today announced that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May have chosen a name
Because they are taking their new Amazon Prime show around the world, they have decided it will be called: The Grand Tour
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 11, 2016-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—“Thing is,” said Jeremy Clarkson, “We’ll be travelling the world hosting each episode in a different country, from a giant tent. It’s a sort of ‘grand tour,’ if you like. So we’ve decided to call it ‘The Grand Tour.’”
James May admitted to being underwhelmed by the name. “I wanted to call it ‘Nigel,’ or ‘Roger.’ We needed a name, and they’re names.”
Richard Hammond was more positive. “I already love camping,” he enthused, “But this is something else. We are like our pioneering and prospecting forebears, sallying forth into a new frontier of broadcasting, and making our home where...” But at this point Clarkson and May strangled him with a guy rope.
The Amazon Prime show will feature short films shot in different locations around the globe and the studio audience portion of the showcase will also take place at a different location around the world every week. The pre-recorded studio sections of the program will be filmed in front of a live audience, all housed within a giant tent. Therefore in this spirit of travel, adventure and intrigue, the presenters have decided to call the show The Grand Tour.
“Well, that took a while...” said Jay Marine, VP of Amazon Video Europe. “After nine months of deep thought, debate and deliberation, the guys have come up with a name that reflects the global ambition of the new show. The Grand Tour will be one of the most anticipated TV launches ever, and we’re excited to be bringing it to Amazon Prime customers around the world this autumn.”
The Grand Tour will launch this fall for Amazon Prime members and the new travelling format means Amazon customers around the world will have the chance to be in the audience when tickets are released through a sweepstakes this summer. Details of the location schedule and information on how to apply for tickets will be announced shortly. Fans can follow The Grand Tour on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegrandtour) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/thegrandtour) and at www.amazon.com/thegrandtour to get news about the show first.
Amazon announced in 2015 that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May would reunite to make a new car show available for Amazon Prime members. The show is produced by the trio’s long-time executive producer Andy Wilman. The award-winning team have committed to three series as part of this landmark global TV deal. The first series went into production in late 2015, and the series will premiere for Prime members this fall.
The Grand Tour joins Amazon Prime’s line-up of award-winning and critically-acclaimed TV shows and movies, which includes series like Mr. Robot, Downton Abbey, The Americans, Orphan Black, and Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle and kid series Tumble Leaf, and Chi-Raq. Prime members can choose to stream or download from Prime Video, to make keeping up with their new favorite shows effortless, whether on the move or at home.
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