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‘The Car Show’ With Adam Carolla
With Top Gear America failing to meet the expectations of bloggers across the nation, it’s time to put your hope on Adam Carolla’s “The Car Show.”

Without having to live up to the expectation of finding another Clarkson, “The Car Show” instead focuses on Carolla’s love affair with the car and appears to include an ESPN-style discussion format. Let’s call it “The View” for men.

Along with Carolla, it includes John Salley, The Wall Street Journal‘s Dan Neil (the only man to win a Pulitzer prize for automotive journalism), and AutoGuide contributor and host of The Smoking Tire, Matt Farah.

The Car Show will premiere Wednesday, July 13th on SPEED at 10 p.m. Eastern.
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I think I'll be tuning in. TG USA just doesn't do it for me.
 

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john salley? wtf?

like top gear u.s., they needed presenters (writers), that are chomping at the bit to tell you the truth/opinion of the cars and car companies today. i.e. not random people.
 

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john salley? wtf?

like top gear u.s., they needed presenters (writers), that are chomping at the bit to tell you the truth/opinion of the cars and car companies today. i.e. not random people.
the one thing that will always hold back American car shows is the fact that American TV is based on advertiser revenue - if they bash an advertiser they will lose that advertiser's revenue

whereas with the BBC there's no advertising - its publicly funded - they can say whatever they want and not worry about pissing anyone off - they can tell the truth.
 

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American Top Gear was way too stiff. This looks like a much better alternative. I'll DVR it.
 

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This looks promising and I'm a bit of a Carolla fan so I'll definitely check this out.

TG USA just doesn't do it for me.
Top Gear America sucks.
Both completely modest comments... The show is a fvcking joke.

the one thing that will always hold back American car shows is the fact that American TV is based on advertiser revenue - if they bash an advertiser they will lose that advertiser's revenue
Fvcking this!!!
One reason I think The Car Show will work is because Adam has a knack for saying whats on his mind and not sugarcoating the truth. So even if the show or producers try to convince something isn't crappy, Carolla will say it's sh!t if it's sh!t.
 

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the one thing that will always hold back American car shows is the fact that American TV is based on advertiser revenue - if they bash an advertiser they will lose that advertiser's revenue

whereas with the BBC there's no advertising - its publicly funded - they can say whatever they want and not worry about pissing anyone off - they can tell the truth.
Yep.
Reason PBS/NPR is constantly under the axe here in the States.
Advertisers, aka businesses, fund politicians to get rid of publicly funded media and therefore truth.
 

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I dont mind Adam Corolla, dont know the other white dude, dont know wtf John Salley is doing there (besides collecting a check) .................. but I find Matt Farah annoying. Hopefully they keep him quiet throughout the show.:gap:
 

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I dont mind Adam Corolla, dont know the other white dude, dont know wtf John Salley is doing there (besides collecting a check) .................. but I find Matt Farah annoying. Hopefully they keep him quiet throughout the show.:gap:
Dan Neil used to write for the LA Times but I believe they ****canned him for telling the truth.

He's the only automotive journalist to ever win a Pulitzer.

He's also super duper gay.
 

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http://blogs.insideline.com/straigh...how-with-adam-carolla-season-1-episode-1.html

The first episode of Speed's The Car Show with Adam Carolla, Dan Neil and others somehow found its way into our hands just about 12 hours before the show's official premiere.

We've watched it. Twice. We've studied it. We've formed opinions and now we're passing them onto you. Warning: Thar be spoilers ahead.

After a brief "welcome to our show" monologue by Adam, Speed's The Car Show starts off the way a cable access version of Sports Center would; with the four hosts seated at a desk that should probably only hold three dudes. And this, friends is the low point of the show.

The first segment, 0-60 (clever...clever), is essentially the news portion of Top Gear with a timer. They've got 60 seconds to talk shop or, in AC's words "geek out" about cars. This is our first time to hear from Dan Neil, Matt Farah and John Salley. Neil is clever and clearly a car guy. Matt Farah, who's super-annoying on The Smoking Tire, is restrained but passionate. Adam is Adam turned up to 11 -- first show excitement? John Salley is present and clueless. They talk Corvette, Porsche 918, in car gadgets and ask the question on everyone's mind, "Why do people buy so many Camrys?" It's a good segment. Well timed and well moderated.

They follow this up with a trip to the Reno 24 Hours of LeMons where our good friends (and co-workers) at EyeSore Racing get a shout-out. The team compete in a '94 Nissan 300ZX and get to enjoy all of the fun of driving a crapcan around a track with none of the work that goes into it. There's some easy crashing, some mechanical failures and a tow-strap incident. And once again, the hosts are personable, funny and know their cars.

But then they take a Porsche GT3 RS, you know, the track-going high downforce car, to the Mojave Mile. Why not just bring a Viper ACR to the Salt Flats....sheesh. This is perhaps the biggest surprise of the show: Matt Farah can carry a segment. We've seen his website and the videos and they've got good idea and love burnouts as much as we do, but really, he never seemed to have that star quality. He was just...there. Here, however, Matt carries what is otherwise a fairly boring piece. There's no real challenge, there's no drama, there's no competition, but it's interesting none-the-less. Somebody on TCS staff, be it the producer, director or cameraman, knows how to get good stuff from this guy.

If I were a betting man and you'd asked me a week ago who I thought should be canned from the show, I'd have probably said Farah. Now, not so much...

There are more segments including an interview and a road test of a Rolls Royce by Dan Neil. I won't spoil those, but I can say that it will hold your attention.

Production values are OK. It's not Top Gear or Top Gear USA, but it's better shot than, say, Motor Week. Not a glaring misstep but when your biggest competitor is the world standard, it's worth mentioning. The best thing about The Car Show isn't the production or even the stories from the first episode, it's that it has personality. It has a soul. Unlike Top Gear USA, The Car Show doesn't have a format to follow or a reputation to live up to and that freedom, combined with the hiring of presenters with personality, make the show watchable as a stand-alone property and not filler in between episodes of the Real Top Gear.

Unfortunately there is another low point -- besides the odd desk -- and that's John Salley. It's not that he's bad as a host, he's a funny and personable guy, but he's completely out of his league on a car show and there were precious few times when the show could have benefited from the skills of a 6'11" power forward. Three people would fit at that desk better anyway.

In any case, this show now enjoy's a "Save until I delete" designation on my DVR. Tune in to Speed at 10 pm Eastern tonight to decide for yourself. And don't forget to let us know what you think.
Didnt watch it and cant find it posted online yet ............................
 
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