Here’s the latest legal action — at least the third in four months — involving the star of a reality show allegedly roughing up someone on the set. There was that slap fight on Lifetime’s Dance Moms, and the guy on Spike TV‘s Bar Rescue who went after a Vegas doctor. This time an extra on Spike’s World’s Worst Tenants is claiming assault and battery and negligence. Joshua Frager says he broke his collarbone after being shoved by series star Todd Howard, an ex-Marine who on the show is a “professional evictor, which is like a bouncer who stands guard at rental properties instead of nightclubs.” In his suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), Frager names as defendants Viacom International, America’s Finest Television Corp, Zoo Production, Stevens and others (Spike is not among them). The plaintiff says that in January 2013, he was an extra in a Season 2 episode of Worst Tenants that was filming at Mount Waterman near Pasadena. Frager says he “was asked by Defendants through their agents/employees to fake a fall. Plaintiff is not a trained stunt person. During filming, the star of the show Howard forcefully pushed Plaintiff backwards to trigger the fall and as a result Plaintiff fell down the slope of the mountain on which the filming was taking place breaking his collar bone, injuring his arm and suffering other injuries to his person including soft-tissue injuries, bruising and lacerations.”
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.
Spike TV has greenlighted four new reality series: Undercover Stings from Cops creator John Langley, about cops orchestrating sting operations; Big Easy Justice from Al Roker and Jennifer Lopez’s production companies, about a New Orleans bounty hunter; American Digger from the producers of Spike’s hit Auction Hunters, about a relic hunter digging up people’s properties for histotic artifacts; and World’s Worst Tenants from Zoo Prods., about a professional evictor. Additionally, Spike has ordered 20 more episodes of the SallyAnn Salsano-produced Repo Games. Sharon Levy, Spike’s EVP original series, said that the new shows are part of the network’s push to expand its core men 18-34 demo to the older men 34-49 demographic that was launched with such recent series as Auction Hunters, Bar Rescue and Repo Games. In primetime, Spike’s median age is currently 40, up from 38 last year. The median age for the network’s highest-rated unscripted original, Auction Hunters, is 41; for Bar Rescue it’s 42. “We have had success in our quest to broaden out our audience,” she said. “The new series continue that and hone our brand as a destination for dynamic characters that exist in high risk/high reward situations.” The goal is to have 52 weeks of originals on Spike every year, she added. Here are detailed descriptions of the new series, including the sizes of their orders:
Spike TV has picked up six unscripted pilots from such producers as SallyAnn Salsano (Jersey Shore), who is behind Pawn Games, a pawn shop-set version of her hit for the network Repo Games; Ben Silverman; Tom Forman; David Page; and companies Zodiak USA and Zoo Prods. “All feature real men in real high-stakes situations with great take-away information,” said Spike’s EVP original series Sharon Levy. The orders are part of Spike’s effort to broaden its target male audience from the core men 18-34 to men 18-49 demos. The network is ready to pick up to series all of the pilots that turn up well. Spike’s upcoming reality series include Bar Rescue, InkMasters and Car Boss as well as the returning Deadliest Warrior and Auction Hunters. Here is a list of Spike’s newly picked up pilots: