Adam Carolla's 'The Car Show': The Staff Grows Larger
Speed TV is prepping a rival to 'Top Gear USA.' Amazingly, it might not suck.
With a few exceptions, automotive TV programming is horrible. Because nature abhors a demographic vacuum, people regularly attempt to fix this. The latest try is Speed TV's "The Car Show," set to air this summer. The cast includes comedian Adam Carolla. Respected car journalists Ezra Dyer and Aaron Robinson have been hired as writers.
Of course, you're not supposed to say that. Prospective TV talent is supposed to be all nice and pretty under pressure. As my wife regularly reminds me, I'm a mess: a neurotic Jew from Kentucky, a frizzy-haired rambler with perpetually grease-stained fingernails. Depending on your perspective, this is either hopelessly charming or remarkably obnoxious. I can only assume the producers of "The Car Show" found it the latter. (My wife insists it's charming, but she was drunk when she agreed to marry me, so she's probably deluded by regret. I believe her anyway. I am also modest.)
Still, "The Car Show" is happening. My presence or no, you should probably watch it. The cast -- Carolla, Dan Neil of The Wall Street Journal, former NBA star John Salley and Internet cult hero Matt Farah -- was announced a few months ago. The car-specific writing staff of Robinson, a technical editor at Car and Driver, and Dyer, a columnist for Automobile Magazine, was officially added this week. All of these guys are talented. Most of them know the business, love the subject matter and might actually know what makes for good television.
I mean, sure, if they don't want a good-looking, wise-ass genius car nerd who happens to have the best voiceover voice in the business, it's probably for the best. I'll just go back to being the kind of staggeringly handsome, screen-test-acing dude whose seven-figure hosting contract got lost in the mail.
(In addition to being modest, I've been told I'm mildly delusional. Don't believe a word of it.)
Awfully risqué for a car blog article, Mister Smith.
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