Spike Developing Scripted Event SeriesFive Projects Include Stories of Whitey Bulgar, Benghazi Terrorist Attack, ‘70s Music Industry 4/29/2013 2:00 PM Eastern
Spike TV is developing five event series from producers like Tom Fontana, Craig Piligian and Chris Collins as part of its move back into scripted programming, the Viacom-owned network announced Monday.
If greenlit, the scripted projects would air as limited, special-event series. Sharon Levy, executive VP of original series at Spike, who will oversee the projects, said they would act "as a stepping stone to developing original scripted dramatic series."
The event series in development include Hit Men, a look at how the mafia took control of the music industry in the 1970s from Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys), Collins (Sons of Anarchy) and KISS frontman Gene Simmons; and the Whitey Bulgar Project, about the rise and fall of the notorious criminal from writer Bobby Moresco (Crash) and producers Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels (The Kennedys).
Also on the slate is Fontana's The Lamp, about a secretive U.S. military department in the 1970s that uncovered Aladdin's Lamp; an untitled Benghazi project from Piligian about the 2012 terrorist attack on the American diplomatic mission in the Libyan city; and iHuman, a series of films from Raw TV about how technological innovation is transforming the human condition.
Spike's last scripted event series was 2007's The Kill Point, and its last scripted series, the comedyBlue Mountain State, was canceled in 2012. On the unscripted side, the network has been moving to target a broader general audience, with projects in development in the food and home design space.