Top Gear recently confirmed that 'Friends' actor Matt LeBlanc will serve as the new co-host of the series together with Chris Evans and the rest of the gang. Being a car enthusiast and a Top Gear fan, LeBlanc expressed his excitement to be a part of the show. It is indeed a great opportunity for the actor to channel his inner "petrolhead", as Evans puts it.
It can be recalled how Joey, LeBlanc's character in the phenomenal TV series Friends, once wore as many items with the Porsche emblem as he could. Many people are already buying the idea of LeBlanc talking to celebrities about cars. The clever move does not only bank on people's love for famous people but on the fame of Friends, to be specific.
Being in the industry for long— he entered the scene in 1994 — and as an award-winner — he won an award in 2012 for Episodes, LeBlanc is definitely one of those who knows how Hollywood works— part of which is how to conduct juicy and interesting interviews.
Moreover, this will lure his fans who are not into cars into watching Top Gear. As expectations have it, LeBlanc joining the team will lift the show's global influence. People are most likely going to watch the show just to see more of their favorite Friends character and how he kills a new role.
It might be one of those things that can be compared to James Corden joining the lineup of American late night TV shows or it may fail and we’ll never have to see it ever again. About that, we will have to see for ourselves. However, we can only be hopeful as the Americans have been becoming more comfortable being on British TV.
Gillian Anderson is well known for The Fall, Maggie Gyllenhaal is well respected for The Honourable Woman, and Jeremy Piven is currently on Mr Selfridge. The move likely highlights the pop cultural crossover of the British and the American people. The likes of Netflix and the rise of video-on-demand services have paved the way for more opportunities to collaborate in the industry.
The show is off to a fresh start as it seeks to redefine its brand. LeBlanc will be bringing a new spice and a sense of authenticity to the show. Chances are the Friends' actor would succeed at bringing the show to a different audience and hopefully, he won’t alienate its current viewers.
The network has been vocal that it is working on something new and interesting this year. Additionally, LeBlanc will play himself, a role which he has proven in Episodes as something he does really well.
The award-winning actor has demonstrated over the years not only his wit and humor but also a personality that has made people want to know even more. It's a win-win situation for everyone.