With the entire Top Gear kerfuffle, arguably the best thing to come out of it was journalist and online video personality Chris Harris. Well, it seems that the heads at BBC see Harris’ appeal and have moved his show from the internet to cable television, at least in America.
BBC America has announced that Chris Harris on Cars will be coming to television this July, and will focus heavily on supercars.
In a press release, BBC America’s president, Sarah Barnett, stated that “Chris Harris on Cars is mischievous, insightful and downright entertaining; we think BBCA viewers will love it.” Harris also added “If wanton tire destruction, powerslides and continuous drooling over the world’s fastest and most expensive road racers like the Porsche 911 GT3RS or the Aston Martin GT12 is your thing — you could do considerably worse than watch me put them through their respective paces on track and road on BBC America.”
While exciting for fans that have wanted to see more of Harris behind the camera, the timing is a bit odd. The new rebooted Top Gear already features Harris. Not only does he do spots on Top Gear proper, but appears as host for the new spinoff, Top Gear: Extra. Considering that new host Chris Evans has decided to leave Top Gear after just one season, BBC could be trying to rear Harris up as the shows new poster boy.
Even more odd is the fact that this show is only coming to BBC America. It may be BBC wanting to test the waters with a considerably smaller American audience, or possibly not wanting to step on the toes of Top Gear.
Chris Harris on Cars is set to premiere this Monday, July 11, at 9PM EST and will go on for seven episodes.