American 'Top Gear' gets green light; 'Smallville' creators get new deal

adam-ferrara-rescue-me.jpgAn American version of the BBC hit "Top Gear," which has kicked around several networks in recent years, is finally getting up to speed at the History Channel.

The cable channel announced Wednesday (April 21) that it will debut a U.S. version of the show in the fall. Actor/comedian Adam Ferrara ("Rescue Me"), stunt driver and rally racer Tanner Foust and Speed Channel host Rutledge Wood will host the show.

"History of the automobile and the history of America are intimately intertwined -- to celebrate one is to celebrate the other, says Nancy Dubuc, History's president and general manager. "I am thrilled to bring the U.S. version of this massively popular series to our viewers. ... 'Top Gear' is an intelligent, entertaining show, unique and groundbreaking in its format -- a perfect match for us."

NBC tried a version of "Top Gear" a couple years ago, but it died at the pilot stage. The original version, which has a worldwide cult following, airs on BBC America in this country.

- "Smallville" creators Al Gough and Miles Millar have signed a new deal at Sony Pictures TV.

Their agreement runs for two years and marks the first deal they've signed since leaving the day-to-day running of The CW series in 2008. Millar tells The Hollywood Reporter that they plan "to hit the ground running" with projects for both network and cable outlets.

Gough and Millar produced "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and co-wrote the screenplays for "Shanghai Noon" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," among others. They're also working on a Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi film called "I Am Number Four."

- A&E will unveil a new scripted show called "The Glades" in July.

The series stars Matt Passmore ("McLeod's Daughters") as a cop who was booted off the force in Chicago and settles in a seemingly tranquil town on the edge of the Everglades in Florida. Kiele Sanchez ("Lost," "Samantha Who?") and Carlos Gomez ("Shark") also star. Clifton Campbell ("Profiler," "White Collar") created the show (formerly called "Sugarloaf"), which debuts July 13.

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