Spike TV to Debut Scripted Series


Spike TV will enter the scripted-programming arena for the first time.

The network Thursday announced its first scripted-development slate since its August 2003 launch.

“This is a watershed moment for the network," Spike executive vice president of original programming Pancho Mansfield said in a prepared statement. “We are developing compelling entertainment for men from some of the best creators in film and television today. This slate will enhance the network's primetime schedule and deliver what our viewers demand.”

Projects under development are:

Amped, from Frank Spotnitz and Vince Gilligan, executive producers of The X-Files, in which police in Los Angeles confront a mysterious outbreak that has genetically altered some citizens with often violent and disturbing consequences.

The Big Empty, from the producers of Rescue Me, a drama “that portrays the reality of ordinary [private investigators] caught in the middle of an unsavory world.”

Paradise Salvage, which follows a cop and a history professor as they take over a salvage company in Florida and discover an old captain’s diary.

Crystal Meth Cowboys follows a young Boston cop who moves to a small New Mexico town.

• An as-yet-untitled drama project from writer James DeMonaco (The Negotiator, Assault on Precinct 13), director Scott Brazil (The Shield, Playmakers) and executive producer David Hoberman (Monk), will tell the story of a bank heist gone awry.

Fresh Tracks, about four close guy friends in their early 20s who leave behind their lives to build a race car and pursue their dream to compete in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.

The Bridge, the story of two homicide detectives on each side of the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico.

Full Ride, based on Elwood Reid's behind-the-scenes book about a star Division I college-football player.

Tequila County, in which “an Iraqi war hero returns home with hopes of leading a quiet life as the sheriff of a small town but encounters a level of murder and corruption that rivals some of the battles that he fought overseas.”