Truck Night in America, on the History Channel, will air its fourth episode tonight. I am going to watch the entire first season to see how it progresses and how the segments mature, but I definitely have some ideas to make it better right now. In the first three episodes the challenges have been diverse, the wining vehicle was definitely the best one there, and the production quality is really good. There are some issues though that I feel could be improved and make the show much more enjoyable to watch.
Four hosts are too many. None of the hosts are particularly engaging or provide anything more than bro love and Yee Haws. Have four coaches that’s great. Each driver gets expert help and they have a diverse set of knowledge. Let one person do the talking. Mike Rowe, or someone like Mike, would be the perfect candidate. Knowledgeable enough, down to earth, and relatable. Coaches can focus on their drivers, their rig, and still add some commentary and cheerleading.
The Green Hell is not an easy course, but it’s not the toughest ever designed. Not even close. It’s idiotic to even try to insinuate that it rivals the toughest courses developed. It’s designed to test several factors of the vehicles, balance, speed, traction, durability, and driver skill. It’s not the toughest course ever developed.
Either make the show run longer or find a way to eliminate some commercials. The segments are too short and the show feels rushed. If the host job changes, more time should be dedicated to the coaches talking to drivers, and fabricating repairs. This way there is enough screen time for everyone, we get to see on the fly field repairs, and gain some knowledge from the coaches.
This is more of a future fear instead of a current issue. When Peterson’s used to do the Top Truck Challenge it morphed from street vehicles into purpose built off-road vehicles rapidly. One of the initial appeals of this show was seeing some stock looking vehicles and something like the Grimm Creeper, a cobbled together parts bin of a vehicles but not a top dollar big tire rig. If it goes beyond the average viewers budget people lose interest pretty quick.
There is a lot to like about the show. It’s good fun, it’s got great production quality, the contestants have been good people and fun to watch. For longevity and interest though I believe the above items must be corrected. What are your thoughts?