I'm glad Adam Carolla isn't hosting. I don't care for him, and I hate to see him slouching his way into being America's all=purpose host -- and maybe finishing the 21st century as our Edward R. Murrows! Clearly, some marketdroid decided that a last name that starts with "car" and sounds like one of the most popular passenger sedans made him a subliminal shoo-in, but it just ain't so. [Ironically, I bet the same marketdroid decided that Toyota's recent troubles ruled him out]
In fact, I was really worried about the MSNBC-Universal offering for *many* reasons
For example, the US can be rather insular. Though the opinionated Top Gear crew may not always have been entirely
fair to US models (or any other nation's, really), I valued their broader view. I wouldn't want to watch a show that focused disproportionately on American cars over other offerings, but it's hard for me to see MSNBC not influencing the Adam Carolla offering based on (potential) domestic ad revenue. I trust History Channel more. It was the first station to hold my attention when I got cable again (really for the broadband) a few years ago -- I flipped through the channels and stopped there... for two days straight! It remains one of my few "background music" TV stations today.
Further, Tanner Foust has serious -er- "street cred" in my book (Have you seen him drift Mullholland Highway
? Anyone who's ever tried to drive that way, even on a go-kart track can't help but be blown away), but if they either marginalize him OR overemphasize extreme driving (both very real risks on US TV), I might lose interest. Since HIST is "background music" for me, I'd probably still 'watch' it despite flaws.
I don't really know Eric Stromer's work very well, but though I've enjoyed many renovation shows I'm afraid that no home renovation host has truly engaged me *as a personality* since Bob Vila and later Steve Thomas of "This Old House" [Sorry, Cait -- I really *did* give Mike Holmes a solid trial! But even Bob Vila and Norm Abrams didn't hold my interest with "Home Again" and "New Yankee Workshop" -- and celebrity chef Cat Cora lost some if my respect with her kitchen renovation show). If I must have a car
penter in a car show (again, marketdroid obsession with subliminal syllables and sex [Carolla's sex-show, Stromer's looks], I fear), he'd better engage me with his personality, even if he has admirable talent in other entertainment fields, as a singer/songwriter and award-winning film comedian)
...unless he's going to do comedic musical numbers about cars. Now THAT I'd watch!