Spike TV has announced its 2013 development slate that features unscripted projects starring Graham Elliot, Adam Carolla, and Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer that tackle such topics as shoddy contractors and auto body shop mechanics, underground restaurants, small company acquisitions, money lending and negligent homeowners and hail from Eyeworks USA, Shine America, Thinkfactory, THE Co., Stone & Co., Matador, and Left/Right Prods. The new projects are designed to capitalize on the recent success of Ink Master, Tattoo Nightmares and Bar Rescue, said Spike TV’s EVP original series Sharon Levy. “They all share high stakes, smart edge and credible, charismatic TV personalities.” All of the shows also target the adult 18-49 demographics. Originally focused on males 18-34, Spike TV in the past couple of years had focused on expanding its reach to the older range of the 18-49 spectrum, while holding onto its young viewers. The network’s median age is now 40 for original series. In addition to its unscripted efforts, Spike TV is making a big push in scripted, looking to re-enter the space. Here are descriptions of Spike’s reality development slate:
TO CATCH A CONTRACTOR
Adam Carolla is not just a renowned television, radio, and internet personality with one of the most-downloaded podcasts in the world, he is also a passionate, knowledgeable construction expert. In this pilot, Carolla serves as a vigilant watchdog to homeowners or businesses who have been cheated by a contractor and left with an unfinished disaster. Carolla, along with no-nonsense contractor Skip Bedell, hunts down the shoddy builder and gets retribution for the owner by making them fix the disaster and finish the job. Eyeworks USA created the pilot for Spike TV. Executive Producers for Eyeworks USA are JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, DJ Nurre, and Kevin Harris. Read More »
Spike TV has greenlit new seasons of reality series Ink Master and Tattoo Nightmares. Season three of Ink Master will debut in the summer of 2013 with 13 one-hour episodes. The 26 new episodes of freshman Tattoo Nightmares will run in 2013. Both series will go back into production early in 2013. Read More »
Tattoo Rescue follows New Jersey tattoo artist Joey Germinario as he and his team travel the country turning failing ink studios into profitable ones, dealing with belligerent owners, obstinate artists and grungy shops with serious health code violations along the way. Spike TV has ordered 10 episodes of the one-hour series, from Charlie Corwin’s Original Media. The series is set to debut next summer. Sweatshop Media also exec produces. The network also announced it has picked up a second season of World’s Worst Tenants, which follows eviction specialist Todd Howard as he and his team forcibly remove problem tenants from the properties they manage. The first season of the half-hour original series, which aired over the summer, averaged 1 million viewers and grew its time slot in key demos. Barry Poznick and John Stevens of Zoo Productions are producers. Read More »
Lloyd’s of London has put up the cash and Spike TV is on the search to find the mysterious sasquatch in $10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. The network has picked up the one-hour reality … Read More »
Spike TV has given a 10-episode series order to Urban Tarzan, a half-hour show starring extreme animal handler known as “UrbanTarzan” (formerly John Brennan who legally changed his name to the one word UrbanTarzan) who rescues, captures, and relocates … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Don Mischer will get to produce a TV special starring Eddie Murphy after all. Mischer, who produced this year’s Academy Awards that had Murphy attached as host early on, will executive produce a televised tribute to the comedy actor, which will air on Spike TV. Titled Eddie Murphy: One Night Only, the event will tape on Saturday, November 3 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles for a broadcast on Nov. 16 on Spike TV. The special will mark 30 years since the release of Murphy’s famous stand-up special Delirious! and the film 48 Hrs., which made him a movie star.
It will highlight Murphy’s career from a 15-year-old aspiring comedian to a Saturday Night Live breakout and a comedy feature superstar and will feature Murphy’s co-stars from many of his films including 48 Hrs., Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming To America, The Nutty Professor, Shrek, and Dreamgirls. The two-hour show will include short films, musical performances and sketch comedy, culminating in an appearance by Murphy. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Spike TV has greenlit a third season of 20 episodes of its popular unscripted original series, Bar Rescue for a premiere in the first quarter of 2013. The second season of the series, which follows nightlife consultant … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Spike TV has renewed two of its highest-rated non-scripted series. The network has picked up a 26-episode fourth season of Auction Hunters, which follows prospectors Allen Haff and Ton Jones in their quest to win auctions, dig … Read More »
Just in time for the potential end of the world later this year, Spike TV has greenlighted Last Family On Earth, a new competition reality series in which families vie for a spot in an underground fortified Vivos bunker. Produced … Read More »
Samuel L. Jackson has signed to return as host of Spike TV‘s Video Game Awards, which will air live December 7 and be produced again by Mark Burnett. The event, dubbed … Read More »
Spike TV and TNA Entertainment have extended their strategic partnership that bolsters Spike TV’s position as the exclusive U.S. television home of the sports-wrestling content provider. Spike president Kevin Kan and TNA president Dixie Carter announced the deal extension today. … Read More »
After UFC moved its reality series The Ultimate Fighter from Spike TV to FX earlier this year, Spike is teaming with its new mixed martial arts league partner, the emerging Bellator Fighting Championships, for a new unscripted series. Spike and Bellator, … Read More »
UPDATE, 5:56 PM: Original Prods in a statement this afternoon has countered claims that the company was stingy when it came to benefits and worker safety on the show. “Original Productions has always offered competitive wages and excellent working conditions,” it read. “It is the reason Original Productions attracts the kind of talent that has been successfully developed into award-winning crafts people with impeccable industry reputations. Additionally, Original Productions follows a strict Injury/Illness Prevention Program policy for all of its productions with healthy and safe working conditions as a priority for all production crews.”
The statement said neither IATSE or the Teamsters have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board for certification and that for now “it is the company’s position that it is not obligated to recognize these two unions as bargaining representatives.”
PREVIOUS, 1:01 PM: About 100 people turned up outside the Burbank compound of 1000 Ways To Die producer Original Productions on a chilly Monday morning. Sympathizers including reps from WGA West as well as SAG and AFTRA joined the picket line, which got underway at 8:30 AM, chanting their call for a union contract for the Spike TV show. Today’s action comes after Original fired two-dozen workers after they voted to seek union representation; production has been stopped for more than a week, and Friday the unions called for a strike. “This is a successful television series and this company refuses to work with unions,” Steve Dayan, an organizer at Teamsters Local 399, told Deadline in front of the well-barricaded Original facility. “This company is non-union for all the unions — non-SAG, non-AFTRA, non-Teamster, non-DGA. These guys have a successful television series and they’re not willing to pay their crew their benefits.” Read More »
Unions Plan Strike Against Spike TV’s ’1,000 Ways To Die’
Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor
UPDATED: Teamsters Local 399 business agent/organizer Steven Dayan said the action is series producer Original Productions’ own fault. “This is a company that has not communicated with us at all,” he told Deadline. “Our understanding is that Original Productions are crewing up again and that they are going to attempt to shoot again.” Production on the Spike TV series, now in its fourth season, came to a halt February 16 when Original fired more than two dozen crew members seeking union protection. Original also produces the reality series Deadliest Catch, Storage Wars and Ice Road Truckers. “This is a company, when it comes to safety, to health benefits, to the people who made their show a success, do not do things the way they should,” Dayan said. “It is a recipe for abusing people. The bottom line is that’s wrong and that is why we will be picketing on Monday.” Here’s the release announcing the action:
LOS ANGELES – Last Thursday, February 16, the crew of Spike Television’s series “1000 Ways to Die” voted unanimously to support the IATSE in securing them benefits, safe working conditions, and collective bargaining rights.
Original Productions, who also produce reality shows such as “Ice Road Truckers” and “Deadliest Catch” for Discovery, refused to recognize the IA as the bargaining unit and summarily fired the crew, numbering over 25 employees. The production has been down for the past week.
Begainning at 8:30 a.m. this coming Monday, Feb. 27, , IATSE and Teamster leaders, the LA County AFL-CIO and rank and file members of several production locals will join the union and non-union crew of “1000 Ways to Die” to walk the picket line in front of Original’s production facility at 2435 Naomi Street, Burbank, CA 91504.
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Freelance writer Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor.
Spike TV’s 1,000 Ways To Die might soon learn what it’s like to be The Biggest Loser. Teamsters Local 399 and IATSE said today that they plan to take action against 1,000 Ways producer … Read More »
UPDATED: Four weeks into its freshman run, Spike TV’s unscripted series Ink Master has been renewed for a second season with a 13-episode order. Hosted by rock veteran and tattoo aficionado Dave Navarro and judged by tattoo artists Chris Nunez … Read More »
Spike TV is bringing back one-time Fox reality staple World’s Wildest Police Videos. The cable channel, which previously syndicated the show, has ordered 13 new episodes of the series, a compilation of outrageous police footage. Spike also has picked up three new original unscripted series: Full Bounty, a reality competition featuring aspiring bounty hunters, which has received a 10-epidode order; Tattoo Nightmares, chronicling the stories behind unfortunate tattoos and their owners’ attempts to have them fixed, which has been picked up for six episodes; and Rat Bastards, following a group of guys in Louisiana who hunt down giant swamp rats, which has been ordered also for six episodes. Additionally, Spike has greenlighted a two-part special, Urban Jungle Man. “These three new non-scripted shows share a theme of larger-than-life characters in extreme situations where the high stakes are real,” said Spike’s EVP original series Sharon Levy. “They are perfect complements to our upcoming launches of Big Easy Justice, American Digger and Diamond Divers, which have similar distinctive characters.” Here are descriptions of Spike’s newly ordered series: Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Spike TV has formed an alliance with Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun to find talent from the independent film sphere and develop non-scripted programming for the cable network. It marks the first major return into television for Braun, the former … Read More »
Ben Silverman’s Electus International has secured global distribution rights for three unscripted series from Spike TV and will be selling them during NATPE 2012 January 23-25 in Miami. The series are foreclosed house-flipping show Flip Men, historic relic scavenger … Read More »