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Report: SPEED Set To Air New Celeb-Studded Car Show

By Nelson Ireson


December 15th, 2010

The U.S. version of Top Gear is through its fourth episode now, and while it's not a total flop, it strikes us as even more of a car show for non-car-people than the original. Where's a real car guy (or girl) to get their fix? Hopefully, on the Speed channel.

At least, that's our hope after hearing about the lineup for a new pilot under development by Speed. With Adam Carolla, Pulitzer-winning auto journo Dan Neil, and generally awesome car dude Matt Farah, most recently of The Smoking Tire, it's a lineup to cure the cringe-factor of Top Gear.

The show is so far untitled, but aims to provide somewhat Top Gear-like entertainment meshed with commentary and news along the lines of popular American sports talk shows. With the right mix of motorsports, mayhem, and machismo, it could just be what we've been looking for.

We'll keep you posted as the show gets closer to air.



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Speed details new shows with Adam Carolla and Dan Neil

by Jeff Glucker (RSS feed) on Dec 16th, 2010 at 2:00PM

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.






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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