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Fast Cars and Superstars: Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Celebs can't keep ad-heavy show from stalling.

TV ABC Reality TV 2007
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Hosted by ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne and NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty (formerly of NBA fame), this series has the look and feel of an abbreviated version of a standard race, which is sure to thrill NASCAR fans. But for the general viewing public, it's obnoxious to say the least. The hosts' constant voice-over chatter -- much of which is full of nonsense comments like, "He's crazy!" and "He is nuts!" -- soon becomes nearly as irritating as the drivers themselves and the excessive advertising on the cars, not to mention the voice-over plugs.

While it has the requisite cast of B-list celebs -- who, along with the big-name NASCAR drivers showing them the ropes, would probably love their show to find the success of seasoned reality veterans like Dancing with the Stars -- the series comes up short in competitive muscle. Its herky-jerky style and lack of camera time for the behind-the-scene confessional interviews (usually the heart of reality TV) make it clear that Fast Cars can't compete with its meatier peers. In the end, it just smacks of a televised fantasy camp for stars to live out their NASCAR dreams.

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