With the advent of Discovery Communications, there seems to be a backlog of Automotive related content the likes we haven’t seen, ever. There are shows that focus on building the most radical cars (Fast N Loud, Overhaulin’, Phantom Works), shows that are geared to the backyard mechanic (Trucks, Muscle Car, All Girls Garage), shows that are focused on Buying and Selling cars (Chasing Classic Cars, Dallas Car Sharks, the Car Chasers), even an import from Great Britain (Wheeler Dealers). They all have a pretty set formula, which can get pretty irritating.
The shows geared around the mechanics have a couple of hosts that are in your face, or trying to be hipsters, but generally, they give at least some good advice. They all try and take a dry subject and liven it up somehow with the different ways to accomplish the same goals. I would lump all of these shows with the old “Nashville Network” when is was still broadcasting.
Then there are the Classic Car buying and selling shows featuring both Barry Meguiar, and Wayne Carini leading the way with their pandering personalities. Barry is a bit smarmy with his million dollar smile, and Wayne comes off as a guy who knows anything about everything. His interactions with current and potential clients on his show, and the way he appears to be uncomfortable around more common folk is very telling. (Watch one of his shows when he interacts with truck drivers, or wait staff at an upper crust car venue)
But the over-the-top build shows seem to take the cake as far as developing personalities that are “Larger than Life”. Each and every personality seems to have the same attitude of being the cats ass. Ryan Friedlinghaus of West Coast Customs, Chip Foose of Overhaulin’, Richard Rawlings of Fast N Loud, Jesse James, Paul Teutul Jr and Sr, and the list goes on and on. I may be off base as far as my opinion of these shows, but what I want to know is what do you guys think. What is your opinion with the current crop of these Automotive Based entertainment shows?