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Spike TV Launches New Comedic Action Series 'Wild World of Spike'
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[via press release from Spike TV]

Spike TV Launches New Comedic Action Series 'Wild World of Spike'

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 -- Spike TV brings unheralded sports such as mop-jousting and blind-folded kickboxing into America's living-rooms with a new seven-episode comedic action series, "Wild World of Spike." The series, which focuses more on the agony of defeat than the thrill of victory, is hosted by the trio of mixed martial arts fighter Kit Cope, skateboarding legend Jason Ellis and comedian Sam Tripoli.

In each episode, the three hosts screen wild and often painfully bizarre sporting events from all around the world from the comforts of their living room. Then, the guys select events to re-create, with often hilarious results. This half-hour original series premieres on Spike TV in January, 2007.

"Our mission is simple with 'Wild World of Spike:' find the most ridiculous and outrageous sporting events and then aim to re-create them without killing our three hosts," says Brian Diamond, Senior Vice President, Sports & Specials, Spike TV.

The games they re-create in the premiere episode include: blind-folded kick-boxing from Phuket, Thailand; female sumo wrestling from The Netherlands; mop-jousting from Manchester, England and dirt-skiing from Turangi, New Zealand

"If only two people in the world do it, is it considered a sport or just a sign of loneliness?" questions host Sam Tripoli in the first episode.

"Wild World of Spike" is produced by GRB Entertainment. Brant Pinvidic and Gary Benz of GRB serve as Executive Producers. Brian J. Diamond is Senior Vice President, Sports & Specials, Spike TV and Co-Executive Producer. Jodi Reborchick serves as Executive in Charge of Production for Spike TV.

Spike TV is available in 90 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.


  [october 2006]  


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