PBS confirmed today the title of its first-ever animated primetime series, a spin-off of Tom and Ray Magliozzi’s hit NPR show “Car Talk.” Tom and Ray announced the title on their Saturday, January 26 program, saying they had lured submissions with the misleading promise of everlasting fame.
CLICK & CLACK’S AS THE WRENCH TURNS will premiere in summer 2008 on PBS. The program takes off from the hit NPR show and follows the “on- and off-air” escapades of Tom and Ray Magliozzi (known to their listeners as “Click and Clack,” the Tappet brothers) as they try to fix cars, fend off disgruntled customers and seek out increasingly creative ways to goof off.
The title, CLICK & CLACK’S AS THE WRENCH TURNS, was submitted by Lancaster, Pennsylvania, “Car Talk” fan Geoff Groff, a retired police detective and former assistant service manager of — for real! — a Buick dealership. In addition to the envy of the other contenders, who suggested such titles as ”Transmission Impossible,” “20 Minutes and Still Not Canceled,” “Ken Burns Presents Car Talk” and “Click-and-Clack-sterpiece Theater,” Groff has earned himself a cameo on an episode of the new show.
RESPONSE to comment: OK, this is the wrong item to have commented on my knock of Waterbury. But no problem and for the record, there are nice things about Waterbury, too, including its blue-collar roots, the old Holy Land, c0ntributions to World War II in lives and manufacturing. But politics isn't one of its assets in the past 25 years. Awful, terrible and disgusting are some adjectives that come to mind. As for Derby, I don't recall what I said about it. I may have called it homey or homely (as I would describe myself and my roots) but I know great folks from Derby and go there and through there fairly often. Yes, New Haven has a mix of ugly and splendid, too. As for the Catholic reference, I don't understand that at all. I'm a practicing Catholic and I am unaware of Waterbury being the seat of Catholicism, unless you're confusing the word "gubernatorial" with a religious term.