• Jul 12th 2011 at 6:58PM
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Comparisons are both unavoidable and inevitable. Tomorrow evening, SPEED debuts its all-new and highly anticipated weekly automotive television series, The Car Show. Hosted by comedian and car buff Adam Carolla, with co-hosts Dan Neil, Matt Farah and John Salley, the self-touted "ultimate car lover's show" will be scrutinized from set design to sign-off as viewers attempt to parallel its agenda and personality with the BBC UK's wildly popular Top Gear and the more recent domestically sourced Top Gear USA show from The History Channel.

The glue that will need to hold the show together is the chemistry between the hosts.
After a day spent on the set at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles last week, we left smiling and very impressed.

As expected, a decent chunk of the production is filmed outside the studio. The venues vary from public roads to race tracks (both concrete and dirt in this particular episode) and other interesting gathering spots (Carolla interviews several amusing civilians and delivers some good laughs at the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show). However, the glue that will need to hold the show together (and keep viewers from channel surfing over to Mythbusters) is the chemistry between the hosts back in the studio. They've got a good shot at this – these guys are a witty and amusing cast of characters.

Our take is that The Car Show is a clever blend of unscripted individuality. It is a carefully calculated mix of The Man Show humor, The Smoking Tire rambunctiousness, The Wall Street Journal objectiveness and the curiosity of the The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Bring out Peter Brock with his stunning Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe MKII, a live interview with Dario Franchitti and some special guests and the hour becomes even more compelling.

Catch The Car Show this Wednesday, July 13, at 10 p.m. EDT on SPEED.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The funniest part of the whole taping was when Adam Carolla went off on a rant about the tele prompter telling him what direction to turn and then having "we" as the only word left on that line. Matt Farah was awesome actually came up and talked to me in between segments, I was totally surprised how friendly the whole cast was. I can't wait for the show to air!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had this DVR'd and finally watched it this evening. It was pretty good; worth a series recording anyway. I am surprised by all the negative posts. Why are car guys/girls dumping on -any- car show? Would you rather not have the option to watch? Its interesting that the most vested geeks/fans are the ones that will invariably be most vehemently opposed to projects directed towards their interests. Maybe they see their passion being cheapened for the masses (It could be true)? Maybe it isn't as good as it "could" be (e.g. compaired to Top Gear UK... probably true)? Whatever the case, I'll happily take what I can get. And in this case, it was a pretty decent show.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Carolla is a racist blowhard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I disagree. He pretty much makes fun of anyone, regardless of race or religion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He's not racist. He points out a lot of politically incorrect, yet obvious aspects of society. Weenies tend to get a little shocked and butt hurt when they hear him.
      Mr. Sunshine
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks better than American Top Gear. (I just don't think the hosts have any chemistry whatsoever outside a college beer pong tournament.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look-Anything is better then TG USA. Those guys act like robots without chemistry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      get it on, got to get it on
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is gonna be good, Matt Farah is real talk! Adam Corolla is hilarious.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i personally can't wait, adam carolla is very witty and fast on his proverbial feet. so i'm sure the show will do fine . and here's the but.. the set.. the set.. the horror, it looks like a cross between an espn set and a daytime talk show set . they need to do something more TG/Man Show set wise. otherwise it'll look too stuffy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This show looks like crap already. The promo for the show is stupid. That is enough to turn me off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The preview clips made me laugh. This show seems to have potential.... but why couldn't this be on a more common channel?! Unless it gets torrented like TG, chances are I'll never get to see a full episode.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You won't miss much, Just check it out on YouTube.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been to a taping of both Top Gear US (with Adam Corolla once and to with the current version as well) and The Car Show. TCS's hosts are far more relaxed and joke around a lot more. The comedic and interaction chemistry is far better and the show itself was much more enjoyable. The producers admitted that TCS has a far lower budget than TGUS but it was practically unnoticeable. The main difference (based on the taping I went to) is that TG seemingly has a lot of stunts and challenges whereas TCS focuses more on car comparisons and comedic discussion.
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