If it ain't broke, why Americanize it?

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Robert Llewellyn should be the only consideration for host of the show. He is as much a part of the show as the contestants and junk. Bringing in some goofy American is out of the question. I'm proud to be an American, Where at least I know I'm Free, and all that crap. But I'm not so big headed that I think that everything has to have an American version with a new and improved American host. If the original version has proven a success, why does anyone feel that there is something wrong with? Oh I know, it's not American enough. What we need is a loud, goofy, egotistic American host, some apple pie, a few beers, and a competition involving half naked girls and heavy metal music. That would be such an improvement over the show that I already enjoy more than anything else on television. How about a few more votes that we Americans ruin another perfectly good show, don't we have any original ideas of our own?

-- ed (ed22778@yahoo.com), December 27, 2000


hey, if we can get bobby flay and crew to ruin Iron Chef, why not Junkyard Wars....I'd rather see these shows then the crap Fox (and company) is turning out.

-- jeff (new2roselle@yahoo.com), December 27, 2000.

Great Show! I did some polling and every guy I know's been watching the show and knows all about it. It's unanymous! We all like the English accents-especially the strange words they use. Why change it? It adds to the humor.

-- Tom Vogl (tjv1974@yahoo.com), December 27, 2000.

Iron Chef and Scrapheap Challenge -- the two best shows on TV, two sides of the same coin, and better precisely because they are *not* a product of the U.S.A.

Iron Chef New York Battle - An outrage. A disgrace. Rumor has it Bobby "mr. jiggy raise da roof yo!" Flay met Morimoto in a rematch, in the REAL kitchen Stadium set, IN JAPAN, last week. We should all be so lucky, after enduring "New York battle" and about a hundred Rolling Rock beer spots.

I can only hope the U.S. season of Junkyard Wars maintains the edge, originality, and wittiness the Brits handily endowed the original series with. If IC:NYB is any indication of what American executives do when handed a gem, I fear for the future. But I'm willing to give this season a chance.


-- John Ebert (jebert3@mediaone.net), December 27, 2000.

Well if it were americanized, the director might not cheat. Having just watched the fireboats, the N.E.R.D.S are owed an apology, and a rematch. Locking their flag box, moving the line, and the bothers paddles getting better, sure don't sound "cricket"

-- Fred (fred103@yahoo.com), December 27, 2000.

Yea, we need to keep Robert Llewellyn for the American show! Cathy Rogers is OK too.

-- Richard Manahan (rjcyclesk8@hotmail.com), December 28, 2000.

I agree about keeping Robert Llewellyn... however I am sure it is too late to complain. I am from New Mexico, and we have our own local team in the competition. (Go Metal Medics!!!) Anyway, they went and filmed the show back in September, to be aired in January. Maybe Robert Llewellen didn't want to do this season? I would hate to think that someone just made that decision without a valid reason! I too, love the accents, and can't believe an "American Version" with American teams and an American host (plus Cathy Rogers, of course) will be as entertaining, and it is too bad that we won't be hollering, "What did he say?" or "What the heck does that mean?!" across the family room! By the way, we are a family of 6, ranging from 5 years to 43, and we record this show every Wednesday to watch together! The only TV program we really watch to tell you the truth!

-- Rhonda Maxwell (mxrs@zianet.com), December 28, 2000.

George Gray, the host for the American version, or series 4, whatever.Was a lot of fun to work with, I never got to meet Robert, but, I like him a lot. George is different in that he doesn't talk funny, he and I had a dissagreement that didn't make the show that I thought was very funny. Cathy is still there with the funky words, you just might like it.

-- justjay-Captain-Three Rusty Juveniles (justjay@neo.rr.com), December 28, 2000.

Thanks, I was wanting to hear from someone involved. And I will give him a chance. I just hope he can live up to all of these people's expectations. Because, as you can tell from these responses, he has alot of Junkyard Wars fans, and Robert Llwewlln fans to impress.

-- ed (ed22778@yahoo.com), December 28, 2000.

Well, at least Cathy will still be on it. She's pretty funny too and very cute. Maybe the American hosts can "adopt" a fake British accent and continue to add random words that mean nothing to us Americans. Half the fun is trying to figure out what some of those words mean. It's amazing how those British can screw-up a perfectly good language. Just kidding...(of course) God knows if the guy talks Japanese, we'll all still watch it!

-- Tom Vogl (TJV1974@yahoo.com), December 28, 2000.

I like the English Version, I think they have a better attitude and take the challenge with much less stress. I think the Americans will have to much ego and will have a harder time working together. This is suppose to be fun and sport.

-- Bill Donald (billdonald@ematic.com), December 28, 2000.

I've become a big fan of the show since discovering it and have many fears on how it will be "American-ized". When I first heard about the American version I immediately became concerned. I pictured an over-the-top, unfunny, wacky host with a Baywatch wannabe co-host. I was worried that the show would be filmed in back lot studio in Hollywood that would be made to look like a much too neat junkyard. Strobe lights streaking across the work area while they plan and build their machines. All filmed to an MTV score, with herky-jerky camera movements and hyper-quick editing.

Since hearing that Cathy Rogers will still be co-hosting I feel a lot better. However, I'm still concerned that the show will lose its way of both entertaining and educating its viewers on mechanics and engineering (considering that I have learned much on those topics already by watching the show). I'm still hoping, however, that it won't delve into going for the high energy flash and hype, with billboards and banners for Black & Decker and Budweiser one day surrounding the junkyard.

-- tom (geo5370@aol.com), December 29, 2000.

I think that host chick is hot. and the show rules too. If they made it american it would suck because america has no hot chicks

-- adam (aballworth@hotmail.com), December 29, 2000.

Adam, I don't know where your from, but if I took you to one of our many "finer establishments" here in the US, you would quickly change your tune. You don't have to look far to find a beautiful women in the states. There's a reason why we say "God Bless America". Anyone else agree?

-- Tom Vogl (TJV1974@yahoo.com), December 29, 2000.

In my American opinion PLEASE I beg of you keep Cathy and Robert!! It keeps it English! As Americans we have this problem of beliving that we can make everything better, a Midas touch if you will. My gawd, remember "Whose Line is it Anyway"?? Once we got a hold of it, we ruin it! I love Junkyard Wars with a passion and watching the teams put new contraptions together even though I can't even put a jigsaw puzzle together! (LOL) Cathy is very witty and has a fresh look, Robert is just silly ( in a good way) and I love him! If you have to americanize it just keep the half-naked chics and beer guzzelers out of it! :)

-- Kayla (kslide123@hotmail.com), December 30, 2000.

I both love and hate the idea of the American version. I mean i like the American version cuz then there will be no more little import cars with tiny 4 bangers and more good old American iron and more V8s. But the new Yankee host is VERY annoying. I also like it b/c then those of us from Canada or the USA can more easly get on the show. Just don't stop the people from Europe cuz they somehow add to the show.

-- Michael Szufnarowicz (rat_427@hotmail.com), January 04, 2001.

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