Motorcycling icon Jesse James will star in a new original series on Spike TV in February where he’ll take turns performing a variety of “death-defying” physical challenges each week, network officials said Wednesday.
Jesse James Is A Dead Man will put James to the test when he competes in the grueling Baja 500 off-road race or when he races at over 200 mph on a Nitro bike supercharged with ultra-combustible nitro-methane fuel.
The 10, one-hour episodes will be produced by BASE Productions (Sports Science, Fight Science) with James and his production company, Payupsucker Productions, serving as an executive producer. Spike TV signed James to a multi-year talent deal in October 2007, and this project represents his first series with the network.
“Our goal was to create a new and distinctive series for Jesse that is unlike anything else on television,” Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s senior vice president of original series, said in a statement. “In this series, viewers will get to experience one of the most fearless guys on the planet in an entirely new way, taking on death-defying physical challenges each week.”
Each episode will follow James as he readies himself for a different death-defying challenge. Preparing for the risky challenge can often be as dangerous as the challenge itself as he endures a battery of tests to prepare. With CGI effects, viewers get a taste of the enormity of the stunt, revealing the physiological stress James’ body will endure, Spike TV officials said.
James is a custom bike and car builder, producer, publisher, television host and restaurateur. In 2000, James started his TV career with Discovery Channel’s Motorcycle Mania, and in 2002 produced and starred in the Monster Garage.