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TV Junkie: MSNBC Suspends Scarborough - Too Little Too Late; 'Top Gear' USA Premieres on Sunday

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The hosts of the new "Top Gear": Rutledge Wood, Tanner Foust, and Adam Ferrara. "Top Gear" will premiere on the History Channel on Sunday at 10pm. We'll catch it later.
In a it's-too-late-already tit-for-tat punishment, MSNBC has suspended conservative pundit Joe Scarborough for two days for political donations, the same punishment doled out to liberal commentator Keith Olbermann. This is obviously a situation that MSNBC wanted to avoid but their hypocrisy stank too much to hide under the rug any longer.
This Sunday features the premiere of the US version of "Top Gear" on the History Channel at 10pm. We haven't been sent screeners so we don't really have insight to give you but we don't think we're prepared to give up the original "Top Gear" that we've been watching for years on BBC America.

What "Top Gear" BBC had going for it was the very real chemistry between hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - all of whom had been journalists in the auto industry for decades before becoming a part of "Top Gear". In contrast, "Top Gear" USA is hosted by Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood - a stunt/race driver, a comedian/actor, and a journalist. If Conan O'Brien was presented with the challenge of drawing an audience to TBS, "Top Gear" USA will have a much harder time convincing potential viewers to take the time to hunt down the History Channel, a destination mostly known for endlessly looping World War II footage.

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Also, in the US, don't we already have a cable network devoted to all things cars? Oh yeah, Speed, the former home of both Foust and Wood. We will give "Top Gear" USA a chance, but sometime when it re-airs because there's no way we're going to miss "The Walking Dead" on AMC at 10pm. Speaking "The Walking Dead" have you seen the zombie episode of "Spongebob Squarepants"?
Why does it seem that Jack Black has taken up residence at Nickelodeon? He will featured on "iCarly" tonight as well as at least 2 other upcoming programs.