EXCLUSIVE: As part of its push in scripted comedy, Spike TV ordered two half-hour pilots earlier this year, Back Nine and Playing with Guns. After seeing the completed pilots, the cable network has decided to pass on both. While this is rare, it’s not unprecedented. Last year, Showtime passed on all 4 pilots it ordered: Possible Side Effects, the L Word spinoff, The End of Steve and Ronna and Beverly. Spike has two other comedy projects in development, Rebel League and Fort Bush, which were announced in May. The network also ordered presentation Kings By Night.
Here is what a Spike TV spokesperson said when asked for comment: “Spike TV is actively pursuing the next great scripted series (either comedy or drama) for men. We are thrilled with our successful younger-skewing comedy, Blue Mountain State, and now look to expand our audience with older guys. With that in mind, we feel Back Nine and Playing With Guns aren’t the right projects for us to move forward with right now. But we will have some development news to announce in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.”