Spike TV has announced its 2013 development slate that features unscripted projects starring Graham Elliot, Adam Carolla, and Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer that tackle such topics as shoddy contractors and auto body shop mechanics, underground restaurants, small company acquisitions, money lending and negligent homeowners and hail from Eyeworks USA, Shine America, Thinkfactory, THE Co., Stone & Co., Matador, and Left/Right Prods. The new projects are designed to capitalize on the recent success of Ink Master, Tattoo Nightmares and Bar Rescue, said Spike TV’s EVP original series Sharon Levy. “They all share high stakes, smart edge and credible, charismatic TV personalities.” All of the shows also target the adult 18-49 demographics. Originally focused on males 18-34, Spike TV in the past couple of years had focused on expanding its reach to the older range of the 18-49 spectrum, while holding onto its young viewers. The network’s median age is now 40 for original series. In addition to its unscripted efforts, Spike TV is making a big push in scripted, looking to re-enter the space. Here are descriptions of Spike’s reality development slate:
TO CATCH A CONTRACTOR
Adam Carolla is not just a renowned television, radio, and internet personality with one of the most-downloaded podcasts in the world, he is also a passionate, knowledgeable construction expert. In this pilot, Carolla serves as a vigilant watchdog to homeowners or businesses who have been cheated by a contractor and left with an unfinished disaster. Carolla, along with no-nonsense contractor Skip Bedell, hunts down the shoddy builder and gets retribution for the owner by making them fix the disaster and finish the job. Eyeworks USA created the pilot for Spike TV. Executive Producers for Eyeworks USA are JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, DJ Nurre, and Kevin Harris.
Graham Elliot, award-winning chef, restaurateur and acclaimed judge on hit series “MasterChef,” gives viewers an exclusive invitation into the underground restaurant world in “Covert Kitchens.” Now a fixture all across America, these one-night-only culinary events are put on by some of the world’s top chefs in alleyways, train cars, and even tattoo parlors. It all has to come together in one day—the food, the setting and the service. Can they pull it off? Find out on “Covert Kitchens,” a pilot from Shine America, the studio behind such popular series as “MasterChef” and “The Biggest Loser.”
“Hungry Investors” is the next project for “Bar Rescue” star, Jon Taffer. With Eyeworks USA producing, Taffer teams up with two fellow restaurant industry experts to seek out “diamonds in the rough” – neighboring establishments that are failing miserably, despite having amazing potential to succeed. The “Hungry Investors” put the struggling restaurants to the test in a head-to-head, challenge-based competition and the one enterprise that shows the most promise of turning things around earns a significant cash investment. Executive Producers for Eyeworks USA are JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, and DJ Nurre.
The buying and selling of businesses is a high stakes game where fortunes can be made and lost in mere moments. Business brokers act as the shrewd and astute middlemen behind these high-pressure deals and reap a percentage on the sale of companies they represent. In this Spike pilot, an aspiring small business owner is presented with three companies that are up for sale. With the guidance of a seasoned business broker, the fledgling business owner decides which company to purchase. Several months later, the show follows up to find out whether the small business owner succeeded in making their dream purchase into a moneymaker. “Biz Brokers” comes to Spike TV from The T Group.
Superstar chef, Eric Greenspan, is going across the country to create culinary history by finding Americans with the most incredible and unique food creations. In each episode, the top food innovators will go head-to-head in order to get their mouthwatering, unexpected food combinations onto the menu of a restaurant, win a cash prize, and possibly create the next big food craze. Greenspan is the chef and owner of The Foundry and The Roof on Wilshire, and once defeated the legendary Bobby Flay on the television series “Iron Chef America.” Sharp Entertainment brought the presentation to Spike TV.
AUTO BODY AVENGERS
With over 200 million registered vehicles in the United States, it’s no surprise that auto repair shops are a booming business. Unfortunately, you don’t always get what you pay for. While the majority of auto body shops are fair and honest businesses, there are unscrupulous ones who seek to rip off unrespecting car owners by charging them for unnecessary or shoddy repairs. In “Autobody Avengers,” a team of operatives go undercover to spotlight the garages suspected of fraud. Matador produced the presentation.
It seems every neighborhood has a property monstrosity which is in such disarray that it’s diminishing the value of all of the houses on the block. In this Spike TV original pilot, a concerned group of neighbors joins forces to confront their negligent neighbor. The exasperated group sternly offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to renovate and fix the disastrous house as long as the neighbor-from-hell moves out and leaves the renovation in the hands of the concerned neighbors. The pilot is produced by Thinkfactory Media, the driving force behind the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated hit mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys.”
Outrageous criminal defense attorney Adam Reposa is a powerful voice for the underdog and a dedicated champion for justice who loves taking the path of most resistance as he defends “the least among us.” Based in Austin, TX, Adam takes on shady salesmen, nasty neighbors, lousy landlords, and anyone else who stands in the way of “Reposa Justice.” The show comes to Spike TV from Left/Right and Watson Pond Productions.
TAKE THIS JOB AND LOVE IT
Job applicants unwittingly compete for a full-time position as hidden cameras capture their reactions to being put through extreme on-the-job tests designed to find the perfect hire. The applicant who handles the situation best under pressure, judged by a hiring expert and the business owner, is given the chance to fill a lucrative position within the company. The pilot is being produced for Spike by Scott Stone, Ross McCall, and Stone & Company.
WE’RE THE BOSS
Can you imagine having the opportunity to choose your next boss? In this workplace reality series, everyday employees across America will get to be in charge for one week. By week’s end, the company will be changed – hopefully for the better. The Hochberg Ebersol Company (THE Co.) created and is producing the pilot. Justin W. Hochberg and Charlie Ebersol are Executive Producers.
This pilot takes viewers inside the fast-paced, high-stakes world of hard money lending, a practice that is, in essence, legal loan-sharking. These hard money lenders offer short-term loans at steep interest rates guaranteed by significant collateral. If the loans default, they collect collateral worth many times the amount of the loan itself. This series follows three successful hard money lenders and documents their never-ending rollercoaster ride in the world of high financial desperation. The lenders work individually but there is constant competition among them for the best loans. “Hard Money” comes to Spike TV from Matador.