There were headlines yesterday that Top Gear Australia had been axed by Nine.
These were fuelled by Steve Pizzati’s tweet, “It’s true – as of next week, TGA will be on at the special time of not at all. Sorry to the open-minded people that gave it a go and enjoyed!”
“We’re told the last three episodes will make an appearance in the summer. Or try Blockbuster Video in the BetaMax section.”
It’s true that the show is out of schedule (as reported here several days ago).
But that’s about as far as it goes.
Freehand TV has filmed six episodes that were commissioned for this season, half of which have aired (at either 8:30 or 9:30pm).
No decision on a 2012 season had yet been made and while it’s pretty clear the show is unlikely to return, technically it isn’t axed just yet.
Nine’s abuse of the brand is very disappointing. An abject lesson in how-not-to-mess-with-Top-Gear-fans…
The tricky part will come with the deal that Nine was obliged to produce a local series as part of its contract with BBC Worldwide.
Yesterday BBC Worldwide declined to comment on the outlook, preferring to look towards the enthusiastic ticket sales for Top Gear Live coming to Perth, and referring all enquiries to Nine.