BBC America has problems. PBS keeps beating them to the punch when it come to recognizing what will actually work for American audiences. BBCA continues to fail by trying to bring over stuff that doesn’t translate like Stephen Fry’s QI, while completely missing the British Bake Off train, leaving them the land of Star Trek reruns, Doctor Who and endless, endless Top Gear.
Perhaps that might be enough if the latter hadn’t started imploding last year with Jeremy Clarkson finally being too much of a public arse to ignore. Now the new version–complete with shoehorned in American co-host Matt LeBlanc as a sop to poor BBCA is going nowhere. Ratings are collapsed. And Chris Evans, who was in a stand off with the BBCA that either he or LeBlanc was going to be fired or the other one would quit suddenly found himself on the wrong end of that when someone’s lawyer found “sexual misconduct” allegations last week. Evans was out after a measly five episodes.
All of this makes the following video I found on BBCA’s YouTube channel just that much sadder. It’s BBCA trying to join in on the return of Bake Off to the US (even if it’s not on their channel) by having Evans (who is now only on their channel because they’re behind in airing the show) interview Paul Hollywood in a segment called “Cars or Cakes?”
Note that this had to be taped specially by BBCA for the US market, since Great British Bake Off series 7 isn’t even back in the UK for another two months. And with Evans being summarily sacked, the BBC One would not be airing this anywhere to promote that return in the next eight weeks, lest it taint one of their best shows currently on air. Perhaps they should have actually been interested in bringing aboard Sue Perkins to Top Gear instead.
Poor BBC America.