Carolla, Farah, Salley and Neil… these are the guys that make up The Car Show which airs Wednesday nights on Speed. Basically we have a TV show that is part Top Gear and part Sports Center with a little bit of The View mixed in for good measure. I watched the premier episode last evening and figured I’d throw out some thoughts. Now I know that Speed isn’t going to want to here this, but they’ve got the wrong guy in the drivers seat. Carolla, while knowledgeable about cars, seemed as though he was trying to force the comedy aspect with a couple of quick shots at Farah, a few at Salley and then of course, a fart joke at the end thrown in for good measure. Former NBA star John Salley, while seemingly a nice enough guy, just isn’t a real enthusiast and shouldn’t be on this show. That leaves Farah and Neil.
Now granted Matt Farah doesn’t have the fame of Adam Carolla (yet), but who cares? He’s more natural on camera, doesn’t force anything, is naturally funny and fun to watch, and at the end of the day, this guy knows his shit. Now we come to Dan Neil, and I have to say that I like this guy. His hair is perfect, he’s got the elitist persona down pat (hell… he did win a Pulitzer), his suit was perfectly tailored and he’s great to watch. Plus if you read his column in the Wall Street Journal you’ll understand that his wit, automotive knowledge and tone of delivery are hilarious – plus, he’s honest.
Sure the premiere episode was a bit slow, but that’s OK, as I have no doubt that these guys are going to develop their own rhythm. The show itself was broken down into seven segments, some good, some not so good. For instance, the piece were Farah ran a Porsche GT3 RS flat-out at over 165 mph at the Mojave Mile was not only fun to watch, but beautifully shot. As was the segment with Dan Neil and the Rolls Royce Ghost. Neil seems to be the “Ying” to Farah’s “Yang” and in my opinion they have the best chemistry on set. Other segments like the “Car Show Game Show” and the Jimmy Johnson interview should’ve just been scrapped.
Here’s a little advice for Speed Channel and the Hollywood weenies that are producing this show. First, go learn something about cars because it’s obvious you don’t know dick about how to shoot them. Secondly, take advice from your cast. These guys, with the exception of Salley, live, eat and breathe petrol and are smarter than you, so take their advice when they offer it. And third… go back and look at some of Matt Farah’s episodes on The Smoking Tire. They’re beautifully shot and wickedly fun to watch which is why they’ve received millions and millions of views. Here’s a tip… let your car guys be car guys and your audience will be huge. Keep trying to pull this Hollywood bullshit though and The Car Show will be garaged very quickly.
So, with all of that being said, I’m giving your premier episode a solid “B”. It’s good, but you (the producers) have to stop thinking that you know what’s best, and actually start listening to your shows cast.
Oh and by the way, if you happened to have missed it, Streetfire.net will be showing each and every episode of The Car Show, so make sure to bookmark this link!