Spike Unveils Scripted, Reality Pilots


Pro hockey, golf and illegal gambling are some of the subjects broached as part of Spike TV's new scripted series development slate announced Monday.
Hoping to build on the success of its original scripted, college football-tinged comedy series Blue Mountain State, the network has several sports-oriented shows in development, according to network officials. New comedy pilot shows include the Denis Leary-produced Rebel League, which takes as comedic look at the launch of a contemporary pro hockey league designed to rival the NHL; Back Nine, which stars John Schneider as a hard-drinking, washed-up former U.S. Open golf champion who is trying to make it back onto the Tour and also stars Carmen Electra; Kings By Night, about three regular guys who open a illegal, underground casino.
Other scripted series include Fort Bush, which follows the exploits of two misfit U.S. Army drill sergeants try to maintain their hard-partying lifestyle despite the arrival of an uptight new captain with a grudge; and Playing With Guns, which stars Danny Masterson and Joey Kern as childhood friends who have grown up to become small town cops.
The network has several reality series in development, including the Thom Beers-produced Weapon X, which looks to create game-changing weapons and place them in history's most famous battles; On The Rocks, in which restaurant bar and consultant John Taffer looks to makeover failing establishments; Alternative History, which looks to examine what would have happened if the outcomes of history's greatest battles where reversed; Phowned!, which highlights the art of the gag phone call; and Haunted Civilization, which explores history's deadliest locations in an attempt unearth information never before discovered.
Spike TV president Kevin Kay told Multichannel News the slate is one of the most extensive in the network's history. He added that he expects two of the scripted and two to three of the reality series to hit the air over the next year.