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Odorono
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(05-29-2016, 11:55 PM)

Originally Posted by sk3

As an american, this is my first interaction with Chris Evans. Does anyone in the UK actually like this guy? He is insufferable.

I'm not a huge fan but I don't dislike him or anything.

People seem to love his breakfast show though.
Grieves
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(05-30-2016, 12:07 AM)
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Well that wasn't as bad as I was expecting. I thought it was going to get very TFI Friday when Evans introduced the staff from his local curry house but thankfully we didn't have any "kids in mash" crap.

I'll probably watch next week.
TheZink
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(05-30-2016, 12:10 AM)
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Can I watch this anywhere besides BBC America? I don't get that channel.
SirMossyBloke
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(05-30-2016, 12:11 AM)
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I feel so sorry for Matt LeBlanc. Nothing in this new show works. It looks so horribly forced, you can tell they're acting and it's not natural at all, and Chris Evans is forcing excitement so hard that's its cringeworthy.
Exterminieren
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(05-30-2016, 12:15 AM)
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Extra Gear's pretty great.

Stop wasting time, and bring Reid and Harris up to the mothership.
Floody
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(05-30-2016, 12:15 AM)
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It was about as meh as I was expecting, didn't like Evans at all. Didn't really enjoy any of the challenge stuff either. LeBlanc was alright though, had zero chemistry with Evans, but has a good voice and his solo bit was alright too. He'll will probably be really good over time. Will give it a couple more episodes to see if it improves, if not I'll drop it.

I doubt he'd ever do it (would probably cost way too much too), but Gordon Ramsay would be so much better than Evans at this, and he gives about as many fucks as Clarkson, so would probably be good for a few laughs each episode too.
funkystudent
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(05-30-2016, 12:16 AM)
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Its not terrible but its not exactly good. They took the format and shoved some new people into it and hope for the best.

Feels like one of the top gear spinoffs other countries make only this time its the BBC.



Curious to see how long it lasts. Cant say I am filled with confidence.


edit.

And I guess ill need to check out Extra Gear from the sounds of things.
Murkas
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(05-30-2016, 12:19 AM)
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WE GOT CUSTODY!
Riddick
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(05-30-2016, 12:30 AM)
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Top Gear is dead, I give it 2 years tops. The chemistry was awful, I had no idea who Chris Evans is and I already hate him and Matt was just good. It was basically 50 minutes of pure distilled cringe and 10 minutes of Matt's decent segment with the buggy.
Exterminieren
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(05-30-2016, 12:33 AM)
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Extra Gear does make it abundantly clear how daft it is that the main show only had Evans and LeBlanc on- Schmidt, Reid and Harris were right there!
GavinGT
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(05-30-2016, 12:36 AM)
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I thought it was really good.
faridmon
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(05-30-2016, 12:43 AM)
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Matt LeBlanc is the only thing redeeming about that first Episode. He was funny and some of his character came through naturally.

But dear god, Evans has no charisma or character on stage. Some of these lines were cringe-worthy and seemed to force himself in some of those outrageous adjectives. He can be funny in his show, but Clarkson-like presentation does not suit his personality at all. He needs to cool off and be less hyper.
SeanTSC
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(05-30-2016, 12:52 AM)
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Matt was good and he'll get much better when he loosens up a bit. Never doubted him after how much I enjoyed him in Episodes.

However, the studio stuff was pure gutter trash garbage. I'm surprised at just how bad it turned out. Evans needs to be gone yesterday.
LilJoka
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(05-30-2016, 01:26 AM)
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Originally Posted by sk3

As an american, this is my first interaction with Chris Evans. Does anyone in the UK actually like this guy? He is insufferable.

I'm from the uk.
Never watched him on TV till today, no idea how he even is on TV.
TheBowen
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(05-30-2016, 01:32 AM)
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Evans was super annoying primarily for the fact he shouted almost everything he said and that he kept asking for the audience to clap and applaud
Technosteve
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(05-30-2016, 02:22 AM)
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wow, the scripting is terrible. Is this what happens when the trio isn't writing the dialog for the pieces?
call_kotaku
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(05-30-2016, 02:57 AM)
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Originally Posted by Technosteve

wow, the scripting is terrible. Is this what happens when the trio isn't writing the dialog for the pieces?

to be fair the first season of old-new Top Gear was also extremely awkward with terribly stilted writing. The French Riviera roadtrip was when the series hit its stride, imo.
firehawk12
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(05-30-2016, 03:04 AM)
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That was fine. From the impressions here, I was expecting a total disaster. lol
marvelharvey
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(05-30-2016, 03:04 AM)
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Chris Evans was great!


...on GLR in 1992.
XGRaViSmOrSX
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(05-30-2016, 03:13 AM)
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Chris Evans is by far the worst part of this show. Something about him just makes me want to punch him in the face.
Megasoum
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(05-30-2016, 03:40 AM)
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Ok


So turns out I can't stand Chris Evans...

The stuff outside of the studio is ok (even if he's doing the narration)

The in-studio stuff is terrible.

Matt Leblanc is cool


The editing and cinematography is still amazing. They are also fucking ON POINT with the musical choices.


Also, I just realized that the changes made to the official track means that we won't have to suffer through that fucking boring track in every single console racing games anymore.
Last edited by Megasoum; 05-30-2016 at 04:05 AM.
besada
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(05-30-2016, 05:32 AM)
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Originally Posted by Beefy

You can't judge the show. But you can judge the presenters on it. Evans is Evans and will always shout and screech. Unless some how he is told to shut up and actually listens for once.

I didn't actually have that big of a problem with Evans, but I'm not familiar with his other work, and don't have a history with him. I've seen it now. I thought he was the less interesting of the two, but he didn't irritate me.
TheSeks
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(05-30-2016, 06:21 AM)
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Originally Posted by HawksWinStanley

Will this air in the States several months later like the old show did?

TOMORROW (well, today) if you wanna torture yourself.

At least it isn't US Top Gear?
Burai
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(05-30-2016, 06:36 AM)
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I thought Evans was alright. The problem is that they've shoved new people into the same old show, a format that was looking pretty tired and creaky at the end. It was always going to look a bit second-rate with that approach.
besada
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(05-30-2016, 06:38 AM)
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Originally Posted by Burai

I thought Evans was alright. The problem is that they've shoved new people into the same old show, a format that was looking pretty tired and creaky at the end. It was always going to look a bit second-rate with that approach.

I'm hoping it's mostly to make the transition smooth, and that they'll feel free to play with the format as the show progresses. But I imagine they didn't want to introduce a new element on the first show only to have it be a dud.
TheSeks
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(05-30-2016, 06:56 AM)
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Originally Posted by WaterAstro

I want to see the rating difference, viewer difference, and the number of times pirated.

BBC doesn't do ratings does it? Viewers could probably be checked. The show has always been heavily pirated since it's not available most everywhere day-date. BBC has tried to fix this with BBC America's "next-day-air" but they butcher the runtime there. It was only within the past like 2-3 seasons that they finally gave the show a proper 1 hour and a half format.

Originally Posted by Busty

if LeBlanc has a sitcom on CBS net year then what happens to his involvement in Top Gear?

Nothing. LeBlanc will probably be able to revolve the two. If not, Sabine will probably be brought in, probably why they have six+ hosts.

In any case, seeing the Twitter reaction to the show and how people are like "it really should just be Sabine, LeBlanc and Harris" makes me kinda glad I have no intention of watching the new season and knowing in my heart those three are the ones that should've been the replacements from the get-go.
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milanbaros
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(05-30-2016, 07:23 AM)
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Originally Posted by Technosteve

wow, the scripting is terrible. Is this what happens when the trio isn't writing the dialog for the pieces?

Have you seen the first episodes of JC top gear? This was good in comparison.
milanbaros
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(05-30-2016, 07:30 AM)
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Originally Posted by TheSeks

BBC doesn't do ratings does it? Viewers could probably be checked. The show has always been heavily pirated since it's not available most everywhere day-date. BBC has tried to fix this with BBC America's "next-day-air" but they butcher the runtime there. It was only within the past like 2-3 seasons that they finally gave the show a proper 1 hour and a half format.



Nothing. LeBlanc will probably be able to revolve the two. If not, Sabine will probably be brought in, probably why they have six+ hosts.

In any case, seeing the Twitter reaction to the show and how people are like "it really should just be Sabine, LeBlanc and Harris" makes me kinda glad I have no intention of watching the new season and knowing in my heart those three are the ones that should've been the replacements from the get-go.

Yes, they have ratings. How else would they know if what they made was being watched?

Why don't you want to watch the new season? It was pretty good.
dukeoflegs
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(05-30-2016, 07:33 AM)
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Holy crab. BBC knows the formula too well. It was Top Gear but at the same time it wasn't. The spoon fed lines were the typical lines that the trio would use but with these two it felt way more scripted than the previous shows.

Leblanc did some horrible dubbing, but I thought he could get better.

Sabine Schmitz was the shit though. Her line about the corvette and Ferrari suspension was fantastic.
Kathian
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(05-30-2016, 07:35 AM)

Originally Posted by Riddick

Top Gear is dead, I give it 2 years tops. The chemistry was awful, I had no idea who Chris Evans is and I already hate him and Matt was just good. It was basically 50 minutes of pure distilled cringe and 10 minutes of Matt's decent segment with the buggy.

Lol

It's dead!
...but it has two years!
Mascot
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(05-30-2016, 07:45 AM)
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Having the staff from his local curry house appear in the first couple of minutes is typical Chris Evans self-indulgence. His columns and radio show are littered with stuff that's relevant to him and nobody else, and it's fucking annoying.

The whole show felt forced and awkward. The out-of-studio segments were as well filmed, scored and produced as ever (thank god), but the studio stuff was fucking amateurish. Even the lighting looked off (too bright?) and the audience looked sparse and uninterested.

Matt LeBlanc was absolutely superb but Chris Evans is what happens when a rabbit fucks a turtle in a vat of Sunny Delight.
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(05-30-2016, 08:11 AM)
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I actually like Evans, TFI is good for what it is and his Breakfast show is fairly fun listening car material

He is a poor fucking fit here though and was bad. He chose this over more relaunched TFI which was his baby and a far more natural fit for his brand? Jesus.
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(05-30-2016, 08:13 AM)
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Basically have the same opinion as everyone else: LeBlanc was surprisingly good and could work if they can find someone he has chemistry with, Schmitz was the best thing about the episode.

Evans was terrible.
Lagamorph
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(05-30-2016, 08:15 AM)
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I made it about a minute in before I couldn't stand Evans anymore. He's clearly trying to establish himself as the new Clarkson and the leader of what he sees as his show.

Unfortunately for him LeBlanc seems to be rating much better online, especially in his solo segments. Unfortunately for LeBlanc this likely means Evans will push for his removal in the event there's another series. I get the feeling Evans doesn't want anyone on the show to be more popular than him, certainly not for them to gain any traction and be more worth keeping than he is.
Abounder
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(05-30-2016, 08:18 AM)
I thought this would be more of an ensemble instead of a two-man show between Chris & Matt, oh well. Anyway I liked the latter plus the celebrity rallycross, as always the cinematography is excellent. Chris Evans just doesn't have the voice or presence for this gig but it was just one episode, he's the Stig's annoying cousin. Goddamn @ the Ariel Nomad, so good
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Dagobert Duck
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(05-30-2016, 08:28 AM)
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Will watch that later but it looks like my guy Leblanc comes out good :)
Daffy Duck
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(05-30-2016, 08:38 AM)
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Originally Posted by LilJoka

Chris Evans needs to be replaced with Chris Harris ASAP.

100% this, just watched extra gear and Harris was infinitely better than Evans.

Even on extra gear Evans is just awful.
kaname-san
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(05-30-2016, 08:47 AM)
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I thought it was weak. Evans was annoying and LeBlanc is too quiet for this show. The writing was the worst part.
Daria Morgendorffer
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(05-30-2016, 08:54 AM)
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I had never heard of this Chris Evans guy but he was so annoying, if only there was a twist at the star section that Gordon would be the new presenter instead of him.
I did love Matt though, but Evans really dragged him down in their segments together.
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(05-30-2016, 09:06 AM)
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I would give this a 6.5 out of 10. Matt LeBlanc was great, and I wish Sabine would be more featured. Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc and Sabine would be a great trio.
seanoff
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(05-30-2016, 09:10 AM)
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at the end of the first segment

WHY IS EVANS SHOUTING???????
glaurung
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(05-30-2016, 09:25 AM)
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Hosts are boring as fuck, did not make it until the end of the episode.

Won't be coming back for episode 2 (regardless if released).
NullPointer
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(05-30-2016, 09:29 AM)
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So... better or worse than Top Gear USA?
Nafai1123
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(05-30-2016, 09:43 AM)
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The hyperactive personality of Evans and the cool chill handsome guy personality of Leblanc don't really work together. It didn't help that I thought some of the segment's were really bad. The best one was Leblanc doing the Nomad.

Not very hopeful but fuck it we'll be getting the true sequel to Top Gear soon enough.
Mr. Pointy
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(05-30-2016, 09:43 AM)
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Just started watching it. Evans feels like he's reading a repurposed Clarkson script. It's kind of grating. He's too shouty as well.

I liked the joke about catering though.
J-Rzez
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(05-30-2016, 09:52 AM)
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Originally Posted by NullPointer

So... better or worse than Top Gear USA?

Worse. Oddly enough it felt more like a Top Gear US show than the past, but it was worse.

Matt is pretty good overall, and the only nice thing in this pile of absolute garbage. Wow is it bad. From segments on the cars, to the challenges. Evans is astonishingly bad, everything forced at best. The way he slapped the car made me want to slap his face. Screamed the whole time.

This goes to prove that the boys before had this chemistry that can not just be created on a whim. It just has to happen. I have never seen this happen on any other show or movie other than the old Top Gear boys.

They should pull Matt and put him on Top Gear US with Foust and get rid of those other two goof balls. Maybe bring Chris Harris with Matt for the third.

This show is just a flat out epic fail. Seeing this tragedy makes paying for Amazon that much more easy now just to see Jeremy, James, and Richard. I mean hell, they have a bigger budget than before supposedly. Can't wait to see how it turns out. A shame I can't binge watch it, but I'll take what I can get.
seanoff
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(05-30-2016, 09:57 AM)
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watched all of it now

uh yeah that was flat

the challenge thing was awful. the stars ughh

not a great start
sionyboy
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(05-30-2016, 10:02 AM)
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Chris Evans seems to be under the impression he's hosting "TFI Friday.... With Cars!" His repeated attempts to get the audience whooping and cheering was painful, it was like watching a real-life 'Knowing Me, Knowing You". No doubt he found this routine a lot easier on TFI because the audience were all drinking. He reminded me of Hammond, who is also an annoying little shit, but at least he was in the sidekick role. Now he's front and centre :/

LeBlanc was ok, scriptwriters seem to want to play up his 'Joey: Ladies Man' persona. Just let him be himself.


Give it time, it might come good. Watching the first series of relaunched Top Gear was painful at times, but turned out alright.
GavinGT
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(05-30-2016, 10:04 AM)
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You can't expect the hosts to have good banter until they've built up lots of shared experiences on camera. That's what allows them to pick on each other and the audience gets to be in on it.
Mr. Pointy
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(05-30-2016, 10:04 AM)
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I'm watching the first half of the Reliant thing. It's okay? I think?

To be fair, new Top Gear didn't get good until halfway through Series 3 when they did the Hilux challenge. The first series had that guy who talked about used cars instead of May. And no one remembers the 2nd series at all.

This combination of hosts needs at least 2 series to get good, but I don't know if most people will have the patience for that to happen.

EDIT> Ohhhhh Christ the guest star thing is sooooooo bad kill me now.
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