Spike TV Announces New Slate of Original, Non-Scripted Pilots
LOS ANGELES, May 8 -- Spike TV announces today a new slate
of non-scripted original pilots that features some of the toughest guys on
the planet who manage to succeed and thrive under some of the most perilous
conditions. From battling the treacherous waters of the Mississippi to
battling international foes overseas, Spike's development slate celebrates
the incredible pursuits of an array of real guys geared to resonate with
the Spike male-centric brand.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with some of Hollywood's most
creative minds to present a development slate that we feel will further the
notion that Spike is a true destination for original programming for guys,"
said Sharon Levy, senior vice president, original series, Spike TV.
Along with the new pilots, the network is making two talent
announcements regarding previously announced pilots. Total Non-Stop Action
Wrestling (TNA) Champion and former Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle will
serve as host of "Caught in the Action," a comedic, hidden camera show from
Hallock and Healey Entertainment. Cade Courtley, an actor, screen writer,
and former Navy SEAL officer will host "Surviving Terror," produced by Wall
The 2008 Spike TV non-scripted development slate includes:
"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.
USA VS. THE WORLD
"USA vs. The World" features average Americans who do some of the
roughest jobs in the world, facing off against their foreign counterparts
who have the same occupation. Each episode will feature three of the best
Americans that perform a certain job and identify the country whose
citizens might do it better. The American team will then travel to the
opposing team's country in an attempt to beat the foreigners on their own
turf. For example, the best alligator wranglers from Florida take on the
crocodile wranglers of Northern Australia. "USA vs. The World" is produced
by Lighthearted Entertainment, with executive producers Howard Schultz and
Michael Maddocks ("Moment of Truth," "Extreme Makeover").
TANK AND COBRA
Tank and Cobra are an infamous, real-life bounty-hunting duo who has
been catching bad guys for over ten years through their company Lightning
Strike Force. Seemingly mismatched, William "Cobra" Stubbs is a
middle-aged, self-proclaimed country boy while his partner is the younger
and more hip, Gregory "Tank" Camaron. Bruce Toms ("Work Out," "Nanny 911")
and Amy Shpall ("Work Out") of Liberal Media and Todd Dahlke of Necessary
Evil serve as executive producers.
An informative and compelling one-hour series that reveals, through
first hand accounts, the shocking tales of the people who take lives,
either professionally or criminally. Executive Produced by Digital Ranch
Productions ("Dogfights," "Murder by the Book," "Mail Call"), with Robert
Kirk and Rob Lihani as Executive Producers and Co-Executive Producer Keith
IDIOT HALL OF FAME
From the hilariously, twisted brain of veteran television producer
Simon Andreae ("My Shocking Story," "Surgery Saved My Life") and his
production company, The Incubator, comes a late-night half hour series,
"Idiot Hall Of Fame." Using real footage, the series takes a humorous look
at some of the most truly idiotic actions of all time.
This most recent slate announcement comes on the heels of the
successful launch of the Spike original, non scripted series, "DEA,"
overseen by Levy. Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. and Size 12
Productions, "DEA" is averaging a robust 1.3 million viewers on Wednesday
nights at 11pm on Spike, an increase of 45% compared to last year in the
Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV
Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the
world's leading creators of programming and content across all media
platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is http://www.spike.com.