Spike TV has picked up six unscripted pilots from such producers as SallyAnn Salsano (Jersey Shore), who is behind Pawn Games, a pawn shop-set version of her hit for the network Repo Games; Ben Silverman; Tom Forman; David Page; and companies Zodiak USA and Zoo Prods. “All feature real men in real high-stakes situations with great take-away information,” said Spike’s EVP original series Sharon Levy. The orders are part of Spike’s effort to broaden its target male audience from the core men 18-34 to men 18-49 demos. The network is ready to pick up to series all of the pilots that turn up well. Spike’s upcoming reality series include Bar Rescue, InkMasters and Car Boss as well as the returning Deadliest Warrior and Auction Hunters. Here is a list of Spike’s newly picked up pilots:
With 15 years of experience in the intelligence community on three continents, Tony Schiena is among the most acclaimed law enforcement experts in the country. The National Sheriff’s Association has tasked Schiena and his team to upgrade their branches in order to meet the ever-rising threat of crime. “The Sheriff” will go behind the scenes and hit the streets with Schiena and his team as they put their crime-fighting skills to use. Each week, they will visit a new department facing a different issue, and cameras will follow Schiena and his team every step of the way from introducing the latest surveillance methods to demonstrating lethal hand-to-hand combat techniques. “The Sheriff” is produced by Ben Silverman (“Mob Wives”) and Craig Armstrong, Tod Mesirow and Rick Ringbakk of 5×5 Media (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”).
An actual pawn shop will become the set of game show “Pawn Games.” From the creative mind behind “The Jersey Shore” and “Repo Games,” this new series gives unsuspecting people a chance to win back their prized possessions they have just traded for a quick buck. In order to reacquire their goods, the contestant will face a series of questions and challenges, similar to the classic “Let’s Make A Deal,” utilizing the items found in the pawn shop. “Pawn Games” is produced 495 Prods. (“Jersey Shore,” “Repo Games”). SallyAnn Salsano serves as executive producer.
HUNGRY MEN AT WORK
The men who work the most dangerous jobs on the planet often share three things in common – specialized skill, bravery in the face of danger, and epic appetites. To satisfy their prodigious food needs, highly-skilled chefs are required who have experience feeding men and meeting their nutritional needs under the worst possible conditions. These chefs not only feed them, but create incredible high-end cuisine found in the world’s most exclusive restaurants. Hosted by the working-man’s chef, STRETCH, “Hungry Men At Work” tells the story of these extraordinarily-skilled chefs and the immense obstacles they must overcome. From feeding 300 firemen as they battle wilderness wildfires or 1,000 fearless souls on an isolated oil rig in the Arctic, the show will explore the logistics of feeding high quality food in mass quantities. “Hungry Men at Work” is produced by David Page and Page Productions (“Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”).
WORLD’S WORST TENANTS
Todd Howard is a professional evictor who will bring viewers to the front door of the most despicable, dirty, outrageous, dangerous, and insane tenants he has ever known. Howard and his eviction team consisting of his wife, Randy, and his business partner, Rick, are hired to keep tabs on over 150 residential, commercial, and retail units. When Howard and his team knock on the door, they never know what to expect, and what kind of story will play out on the other side. The show is produced by Barry Poznick and John Stevens of Zoo Prods. (“Southern Fried Stings”).
AUCTION IN MY HOUSE
Three deal hunters are looking for their next big score. But they’re not doing it in pawn shops, storage units, or even at auctions. This time, these bargain-based treasure hunters with varied collectible backgrounds are being set loose on their prime target: your home. Each week, these enterprising men go head to head with each other as they raid a home looking for valuables. They’ll rummage through the garage, the attic and even through private nooks and crannies to find hidden collectables and historical items like antique guns, old cars, and even a medieval suit of armor. It’s their job to outbid and outplay one another all the while persuading the homeowners to part with their goods for cash. “Auction in My House” is based on the hit RDF Media format “Secret Dealers” and is produced by Zodiak USA (“Secret Millionaire,” “Hardcore Pawn”). Executive Producers include Natalka Znak and Claire O’Donohoe for Zodiak.
Josh T. Ryan (Showtime’s “Lock ‘N Load”) prides himself on being the best salesman alive who has sold everything from cars to guns. To him, the art of the deal is what’s most important. The ultimate American capitalist, Ryan puts his master mercantile skills to the test each week in “The Hustler.” His challenge will be to outsell another top salesman in their respective business. Ryan will take viewers into the unexplored world of items sold that week and give us insight into how these products are marketed, made, and sold for big bucks with each episode culminating in a friendly wager to see who can outsell each other. “The Hustler” is produced by The Jay and Tony Show and RelativityREAL. Jay Blumenfield, Tony Marsh and Tom Forman are executive producers.
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