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Spike TV announces Ambitious New Non-scripted development slate

Spike TV announces its boldest non-scripted development slate yet featuring authentic, dynamic and confident personalities including Graham Elliot, Adam Carolla and “Bar Rescue’s” Jon Taffer.  Building on the ratings success of “Bar Rescue,” “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares,” the aggressive slate aims at continuing the network’s mission to broaden its viewership to a more balanced, general audience.

Spike TV’s 2013 development slate features many of the leaders in the non-scripted genre including Eyeworks USA, Shine America, Thinkfactory, THE Co., Stone & Co., Matador and Left/Right Productions.

“Our 2013 development slate reflects Spike’s ongoing commitment to develop original programming that features big stakes and engaging personalities who are leading authorities in their respective fields,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.  “We’re partnering with some of the most innovative and creative producers in non-scripted entertainment to produce series that further our goal of widening our audience.

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 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.

Covert Kitchens:

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:

“Hungry Investors” is the next project for “Bar Rescue’s” star, Jon Taffer.  With Eyeworks USA Productions producing, Taffer teams up with two fellow restaurant industry experts to seek out 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.

Biz Brokers:

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 fledgling business owner succeeded in making their dream purchase into a moneymaker. “Biz Brokers” comes to Spike TV from The T Group.

Frankenfood:

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 creating 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.

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 the 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 suspected garages of fraud.  Matador produced the presentation.

Property Monstrosity:

It seems every neighborhood has a property monstrosity that’s in such disarray, it’s diminishing the value of all the houses on the block.  In this Spike original pilot, a concerned group of neighbors join 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 the neighbor-from-hell moves out and leaves the renovation in the hands of the concerned neighbors.  The pilot is produced by Thinkfactory Media, who was the driving force behind the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated hit mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys.” 

Reposa Justice:

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.

World's Wildest Job Opportunity: 

In this work place show, hidden cameras catch real job applicants off guard as they are put through extreme on-the-job tryouts designed to find the perfect hire.  The host (tbd), a world class expert in the field, helps put the prospects through challenges based on the science of hiring.  The applicant who handles this unorthodox test best, judged by the host and their real future boss, will be rewarded with a coveted and lucrative position with 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.

Hard Money:

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 from Matador. 

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