or


[01/29/10 - 06:01 AM]
Spike TV Partners with Thom Beers' Original Productions to Develop Network's First Late Night Series
Plus: Spike TV has also ordered a third season of Original's "1,000 Ways to Die."

[via press release from Spike TV]

Spike TV Partners With Thom Beers' Original Productions to Develop Network's First Late Night Series

Half-Hour Show To Feature Talk, Comedy And "Manformation"

Network Also Orders Third Season Of Original's Hit Series, "1000 Ways To Die"

NEW YORK, Jan. 29 -- With the late-night wars in full swing, it only makes sense that Spike TV, a network for guys, would jump into the ring. Spike TV is partnering with Thom Beers, Philip Segal and Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company ("1000 Ways to Die," "Deadliest Catch," "Ice Road Truckers), to develop a weekly half-hour series that will be a combination of talk and comedy with a focus on "manformation" for the true guys' guy, it was jointly announced today by Sharon Levy, senior vice president, original programming for Spike TV, and Thom Beers, CEO of Original Productions.

Instead of a typical movie star plugging an upcoming project, this Spike TV series will showcase interesting guests from all walks of life who find themselves in extraordinary situations, such as a convenience store clerk who defended himself against would-be criminals, or a former stock broker who quit his job to join the Green Berets in Afghanistan. The show will have two hosts and various correspondents and the network is currently scouring the country to cast the series pilot with the right fresh face and regular guy-image. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

George "Maddox" Ouzounian, author of the #2 NY Times Best-Seller The Alphabet of Manliness and I Am Better Than Your Kids (announced, Simon & Schuster in 2009), and Dax Herrera (a/k/a Dick Masterson), author of Man Points and Men Are Better Than Women (Simon & Schuster) are attached to the project. Ouzounian and Herrera were introduced to Original Productions by Justin Killion, vice president of development for Original Productions.

"This won't be your typical late night series with typical celebrity chit-chat," said Levy. "This show will come with that distinctive and irreverent Spike voice and point-of-view our viewers have come to expect from us. We are looking to provide our young male audience with water cooler chatter for the next day."

"Guys crave to be informed and entertained in an authentic voice," said Beers. "There are lots of options in late night right now, but none directly tailor-made to the hard-to-reach young male audience as our show will be."

Spike TV has also ordered a third season of Original's "1,000 Ways to Die," the second highest-rated original series in the history of the network. Season-to-date, the current second season of "1000 Ways To Die" (airing at 10:00pm ET/PT on Wednesdays) is averaging 1.6 million viewers with a 1.3 rating in Men 18-24.

Digitally, "1000 Ways to Die" ranked as a top 5 original show on Spike.com in December 2009. The show's average weekly online audience has increased 84% year-to-year. Also in December, the series was the most-watched show on Spike TV's Video-on-Demand.

"1000 Ways to Die" showcases some of the most outrageously true stories about those who succumbed to the grim reaper in the most unorthodox of styles. Each case takes viewers through a fast-paced full reenactment, interlaced with dramatic witness testimonials, fun historical tidbits, scientific expert explanations and vibrant CGI effects reminiscent of classic comic books. Playing off the commonly misconceived notion, "that could never happen to me," "1000 Ways to Die" works to dispel that myth in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, highlighting the comedic irony in all the crazy ways people can get themselves killed.

Acclaimed producers Thom Beers and Philip Segal of Original Productions serve as executive producers for "1000 Ways to Die." Tom McMahon serves as co-executive producer. Levy is Spike TV's senior vice president of original series and Tim Duffy is vice president of original programming for Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom ( 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 www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV's press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company

Founded by Thom Beers, Original Productions produces authentic non-fiction programming featuring everyday heroes in extraordinary situations. Beers' steadfast focus on top-notch storytelling with engaging personalities in high risk circumstances has produced more than 1,000 hours of original programming since the company's inception. In February 2009, a majority stake in the 12 year-old-company was purchased by FremantleMedia, one of the leading creators and producers of worldwide entertainment brands. www.originalproductions.com/ www.fremantlemedia.com.





  [january 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· 1000 WAYS TO DIE (SPIKE TV)
· DEADLIEST CATCH (DISCOVERY)
· ICE ROAD TRUCKERS (HISTORY)
· MANFORMATION (SPIKE TV)





[05/25/19 - 03:24 PM]
Netflix Acquires Cannes Film Festival Award Winners "Atlantics" and "I Lost My Body"
The former premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Prix.

[05/25/19 - 02:12 PM]
Video: "Divorce" - Season 3 - Official Teaser - HBO
Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church return for a new season on Monday, July 1.

[05/25/19 - 08:14 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, CBS, FOX & NBC All Share Demo Crown
The Eye however is the most-watched broadcaster overall last night.

[05/24/19 - 09:24 AM]
YouTube Heats up Summer Programming with Full Slate of Free Series and Specials!
Following a record-setting Coachella livestream, YouTube is expanding its 2019 live music festival lineup to include coverage of Lollapalooza this summer.

[05/24/19 - 09:11 AM]
Hulu Picks Up "Untitled Mary Laws Project" Based on "North American Lake Monsters"
Through encounters with Gothic beasts, including fallen angels and werewolves, broken people are driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, ultimately showing there is a thin line between man and beast.

[05/24/19 - 09:00 AM]
ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night" Episodes Return for the 2019 NBC Finals
Scheduled guests include Anthony Anderson, Jennifer Aniston, Chadwick Boseman, Jamie Foxx, Tom Holland, LL Cool J and Adam Sandler.

[05/24/19 - 08:25 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Charts with "This Is Farrah Fawcett" Special
The Alphabet wins the night among total viewers, shares the demo crown with CBS.

[05/23/19 - 08:01 PM]
Zach Galifianakis Stars in "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" Produced by Funny or Die to Be Released on September 20, 2019 on Netflix
Directed by Scott Aukerman, the film is a laugh-out-loud comedy that gives new insight into the curmudgeonly, beloved outsider Zach Galifianakis has created over the years.

[05/23/19 - 04:31 PM]
Netflix Announces Live Action Latinx Family Comedy Series "The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia"
The multi-camera comedy series is co-created by Mario Lopez and Seth Kurland.

[05/23/19 - 02:46 PM]
Lifetime's Provocative New Docuseries "Marrying Millions" Premieres July 10, Exploring the True Intentions of Six Deeply in Love Couples
The series follows six couples who are deeply in love and hoping to marry, but come from completely different worlds.

[05/23/19 - 01:44 PM]
IFC to Air Sing-Along Version of Documentary Now!'s "Original Cast Album: Co-Op" on Friday, June 7
Season 52 of "Documentary Now!" will be available to stream on Netflix starting Monday, June 3.

[05/23/19 - 01:41 PM]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Biggest Military Landings in History with Never-Before Seen Footage
One of the world's foremost experts on World War II archives, Dominique Forget, has identified over 100 hours of previously unseen archival footage, including 20 hours from the battle itself, to reveal the Allies' struggle to liberate Europe.

[05/23/19 - 01:22 PM]
Jimmy Kimmel's Highly Rated, Unforgettable Night of Television Returns with an Encore Presentation of "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons,'" Saturday, May 25
A rebroadcast of "All About 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'" will likewise follow.

[05/23/19 - 01:02 PM]
Showtime(R) Documentary Films Announces "Detainee 001" Chronicling Newly Released Prisoner John Walker Lindh
The film gives the definitive account of Lindh's story with never-before-revealed details from his legal case and unpacks challenging truths and shifting allegiances behind one of the most compelling and unresolved mysteries of the post-9/11 age.

[05/23/19 - 12:02 PM]
ESPN Rolls Out Bowl Schedule for 2019-20 College Football Season
The bowl mania will include the College Football Playoff Semifinals and the entire New Year's Six, which will build up to the season's grand finale: The College Football Playoff National Championship from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.