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NASCAR TV Show In the Works?

By Marty Padgett

Editorial Director

October 27th, 2010

Would you tune in to NASCAR, not on Sunday race day, but on "Must-See TV?"

A report out of Hollywood suggests NASCAR is lending its drama to NBC for "The Crew," a new drama that unfolds with the racing series as a backdrop. From the pen that brought you the short-lived superfriends drama Heroes, Joe Pokaski's new drama will follow brothers who work on a NASCAR racing team and have a shared goal--but probably predictably, many different ways of getting there. Watch for black sheep, relationship angst, and, we suggest, chunks of tires if you're on the infield.

NASCAR has been chronicled before on TV and in film--but it's rarely been treated seriously. Think Talladega Nights, or the recent "poor and stupid" episode of South Park. A distinct difference with the new pilot: it's said to be done with the full cooperation of the racing league, down to the usage of its brand and marks, traditionally the final frontier of mega-licensing deals in all media.

We can hope the series won't turn into another Days of Thunder, which Car and Driver once deliciously described as "inexplicably filled with enough smoke to cure several thousand hams."



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I actually find the NYCDOT's Cityline Drive channel more interesting than NASCAR. There is considerably more action, right hand turns and much less idiotic commentary... but granted, there are fewer traffic accidents.

I imagine a reality show of the people on the traffic cams would be much more interesting than one concerning NASCAR.

I actually do leave the Cityline Drive on for hours... its very relaxing to just watch the traffic while falling in and out of sleep on the couch. I wish I had the channel on my DirecTV.

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NBC working up NASCAR drama called The Crew?

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Oct 28th 2010 at 9:27PM

Here's a match made in heaven. According to The Deadline, NBC is currently hard at work on a reality TV series focused on the inner workings of a NASCAR family. While we likely won't be pointing our remotes toward the Peacock because of the news, the show does pack some pretty serious talent behind it. Joe Pokaski, of Heroes writer-producer fame, and Scott Stuber are behind the project. The show will supposedly revolve around a pair of racing brothers with very different styles that race for the same team. The show will also spend plenty of time on behind-the-scenes family drama, too.

Sounds riveting.

NBC is currently doing its best to secure rights for everything from tracks to sponsor logos and even the NASCAR name itself. The show wants to use in-race footage as well. Given the recent decline in attendance at stock car races these days as well as NBC's lackluster fall lineup, the show could be a boon for both. There's even some word that Stuber, a Universal producer, is trying to get the OK for a full-length feature directed by Gary Ross. So far there's no word on when the show could hit the air.

[source: The Deadline, Inside Line]



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Um... isn't that what the Speed channel is all about these days?

To a degree..but Speed does still show real racing (F1, ALMS, Le Mans, Grand Am, etc) also..

Speaking of NASCAR, wasn't there supposed to be a NASCAR themed movie w/ Britney Spears? Remember reading something about it a few years ago...

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