• Dec 16th 2010 at 2:00PM
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The Speed Channel is approaching the 15th anniversary of its original air date and apparently its going to get much more aggressive with its content in the coming years. Right now, Speed has 20 new shows in development and six of those are ready to show up in your DVR in 2011.
We know that Adam Carolla is working on a show that would be an automotive version of The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Other items in the works include a series of specials with Jay Leno, a reality series based on Gran Turismo 5 (produced in cooperation with Sony and Nissan) and a Gymkhana program to be helmed by The Fast and the Furious Producer/DIrector Adam Cohen.

Those represent part of the growing projects currently under development. These six new shows are ready to by slotted into the lineup (titles subject to change):

-Car Warriors: Think Joes vs Pros but for car construction. A team of average folks square off against all-star builders and their work will be judged by George Barris, Jimmy Shine and Mad Mike Martin.

-American Truckers: Rob Mariani talks about iconic rigs, amazing routes and unique cargo tales. Kind of a niche audience here but the "iconic rigs" could be interesting.

-Car Science: The producers of Sports Science and Fight Science have turned their attention to automobiles.

-Speedmakers: Surprisingly not a Breaking Bad rip-off, but an examination of anything that makes speed possible. The show will examine the Daytona International Speedway, go behind the scenes at Aston Martin and will generally focus on engineering feats designed to maximize speed.

-Ticket to Ride with Dan Neil: Pulitzer-prize winner Dan Neil turns his column into a television show. If Speed lets him handle the writing, this one could prove quite interesting.

-The 10: This one is for the NASCAR fans. The 10 will highlight the best that NASCAR has served up over the years with topics such as Most Bizarre Finishes, All-Time Races, Throw-downs and Closest Calls.

[Source: Speed]
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There is nothing subtle about the approach SPEED is taking to upgrade its prime time weeknight programming lineup as the network rolls toward its 15th anniversary on the air, with nearly 20 projects in different phases of development, six already slated for early 2011 premieres.

"SPEED has a history of success with original enthusiast programming," said network president Hunter Nickell. "We are aggressively communicating with the production community, teaming with some of the biggest names in the category as we develop the 2011 weekday prime time lineup."

To that end, SPEED is enlisting famed director/producer Rob Cohen (The Fast & The Furious) to executive produce a pilot on the mesmerizing motorsports spectacle of Gymkhana, a high-octane blend of racing and automotive ballet. Plans are to begin production on the pilot in January and premiere the series on SPEED in the summer of 2011.

In addition, SPEED has secured funny man and car lover Adam Carolla to host a pilot, is in talks with late-night mainstay and certified gearhead Jay Leno on a selection of specials and is teaming with Sony and Nissan on a reality series based on the red-hot new video game, Gran Turismo 5.

SPEED, now available in more than 77 million U.S. homes after adding more than 2.5 million since last December, also has commissioned demos from producers of the hit show Wipeout, as well as for a potential series entitled Come Drive with Me from Great Britain's Granada TV, producers of Come Dine with Me.

Beginning the week of Feb. 21, SPEED is launching six new titles following its highly rated coverage of NASCAR's season-opening Speedweeks events from Daytona Beach:

(Note: The list below identifies working titles that may change by air time)

Car Warriors (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, 60 minutes) – Produced by BASE Productions (Sports Science, Jesse James is a Dead Man, Megacities), this hyper-charged automotive build show will pit a team of eight "all-star" builders against a team of average Joes from local garages in a 72-hour challenge to turn a basic car into a work of art. Judges include iconic car designer George Barris, hot rod craftsman Jimmy Shine and electronics wizard Mad Mike Martin.

American Trucker (Thursdays at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET, two 30-minute episodes) – Produced by BCII Productions (Overhaulin', Livin' the Low Life, Payback, Hot Rod TV) and hosted by designer/artist and fanatical truck expert Rob Mariani, a finalist on HGTV's Design Star, this new show introduces the audience to iconic trucks, the famous routes they followed and the cargo missions that made history.

Car Science (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, two 30-minute episodes) – The producers of the popular franchise series Sports Science and Fight Science bring a mad-cap scientific approach to the world of automobiles.

Speedmakers (Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, 60 minutes) – Produced by Michael Hoff Productions (Ultimate Factories, Mega Structures, Ghost Detectives), Speed Makers takes a look at the iconic builders and epic innovators of acceleration. From celebrated mega-structures like Daytona International Speedway to behind the scenes at Aston Martin, this show celebrates the masterminds of engineering power.

Ticket to Ride with Dan Neil (Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET) – Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal automotive writer Dan Neil takes viewers inside the business of cars, offering insightful test drives, interviews and commentary with a trademark wit that has made Neil a must-read for car lovers.

The 10 (Wednesday at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET, two 30-minute episodes) – A fast-paced list program, highlighting the best of the best from the world of NASCAR. First season topics include Most Bizarre Finishes, Throw-downs, Talladega Moments, All-Time Races, Closest Calls and Earnhardt Moments.

In 2011, SPEED's Monday-Sunday NASCAR coverage continues to anchor the network, with NASCAR Race Hub (Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m. ET) and several new programs in development. Weekend programming continues to be loaded with live racing coverage from the worlds of NASCAR, Formula One, Grand American Road Racing, AMA Supercross, MotoGP, ARCA and others, as well as industry leading motor sports news programs Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain and The SPEED Report.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, its nice to hear great news for a change. Matt Farah is a great host, I love Adam Carolla and John Salley, I don't know much about Dan Neil but he sure sounds interesting.

      I don't even have TV in my house, just internet. That may change, I can't wait!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, not even a week after I call DirecTV and lower my package (and lose Speed) they announce a ton of new, non-NASCAR based shows that might actually be interesting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First of all, I like Adam Corolla but this is just another stupid show on SPEED. Whatever happened to real racing shows? And I'm not talking NASCAR either. SPEED has become just a channel with nothing but a bunch of game shows and stupid shows like Pinks. Give us racing d@@@it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds cool...as long as none of these new shows have anything to do with NASCAR. Back when The Speed Channel was cool, you could find old races from back in the day being shown. Now the line up is 90% NASCAR. I'm over it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Over a year ago when polls were around on who should host American Top Gear,
      Adam was my top choice, and co-hosted with Jay Leno.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My Choices for Top Gear USA would have been Adam Corolla, Dave Mirra, and Joe Rogan. I know Mr. Rogan is generally tied up with UFC nowdays, but this a wish list.
        Leno would be a better choice if this were on a major network (Leno, Corolla, Mirra). Probably would have aimed my show at Discovery Channel.

        The reasonably priced car: Kia Forte
        The Stig: In a ridiculous stars and stripes jumpsuit, (maybe even a girl)
        www(dot)1stopcostumeshop(dot)com/ua6145.html ....heh heh heh

        It might take a couple tries in casting and arrangement to get it off the ground.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's better they're doing something original rather than a knock-off. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Speed" is broken - even when they do produce something that isn't aimed at nascar and drag race folk, it's always weak and misguided.

      Case in point: "Super Cars Exposed" - Good premise: drive the living hell out of the best sports cars available...but then they go and focus on the personalities - the show turns into Tracy vs Faust. Big deal. I'm a car guy - I want to know about the cars. I don't care about two ego mad dudes trying to out drive one another while Lee Reherman TALKS AS LOUDLY AS HE CAN.

      It's the machine I care about. I don't care about the person behind the wheel, much less how much fun they're having on the track. They even managed to spoil something as obvious as "Test Drive". 99% will never put their road car on a road course - I don't want to watch Tommy Kendall spar with another race driver. I care about the MACHINE.

      But, there I go again. Same complaint.

      "Speed" isn't run by car people. "Dangerous Drives", "Nascar Chef" and "Hollywood's best car chases" is proof.

      I'm not holding my breath.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The most important news is that Matt Farah is going to be co-hosting, and to tell you the truth, I'm more excited about him than Adam C.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh look! Original content! Now isn't that much easier to get behind than that Top Gear USA crap?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Adam Carolla. Ew.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about Speed actually showing , I don' t know, some thing like Racing other than Nascar?
      Nothing like finding out the DTM races are on Bloomburg Of all channels? Really? A very good race series ( yeah basically German Stock car , but they do turn Right) on a Hard core Financial channel. WRC on Discovery HD Theater? Indy car on VS?

      Hello Speed wake up, less Reality crap, more Racing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only shows on Speed I watch is Hot Rod Tv, Chop Cut Rebuild, and that is when they don't change the time slot on me. I'd say I watch ALMS and such but they barely advertise it and I sadly forget, but I'll never forget that NASCAR has a practice or when their pre-prerace show is on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like a shotgun approach to me.
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