‘American Auto’ finds laughs in the crises of a Motor City carmaker

Jon Barinholtz has a few pertinent thoughts about the state of the U.S. automotive industry.

“There definitely is a scramble right now to figure out what is the next thing. It feels like you’re constantly on the brink of what could be the next big innovation,” he says. “It makes for maybe, in reality, a very hectic and anxious workplace.

But as fodder for a sitcom, the corporate side of Motor City carmakers “makes for really entertaining viewing,” according to Barinholtz, who stars on the new NBC series “American Auto.”

Now it’s time to see whether viewers agree. “American Auto,” which aired two episodes in December as a sneak peek, officially premieres in its regular time slot at 8 p.m. Tuesday.