STATUS: previously in development (2008-2009 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from Spike TV's press release) "River Men" is a new docu-series about the rough and dangerous work of the men who make their living battling the mighty Mississippi River. Each day, these unsung heroes tow massive, football-field sized barges through the treacherous waters of the Mississippi River. Dangers lurk around every bend, as the "River Men" pilot their huge towboats and barges through locks, dams and narrow channels under threat of collisions, smashing into bridges, groundings, breakaway barges, men lost overboard, explosions, fires and sinking. All the while, the towboat crews battle extreme weather conditions -- record-breaking floodwaters, searing heat, icy cold and dense, impenetrable fog to get thousands of tons of cargo to its final destination. "River Men" is produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions, with Gay Rosenthal, Paul Barrosse as executive producers and Nicholas Carprio, Jeffrey Weaver and Eric Streit as co-executive producers.