Spike springs six unscripted series

The male-skewing U.S. cable net has greenlit new series from SallyAnn Salsano's 495 Productions, Zodiak and Ben Silverman's Electus among others.
May 12, 2011

Viacom-owned American cable net Spike TV has greenlit six new unscripted series for its 2011-2012 slate. SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions, Ben Silverman’s Electus, Zodiak USA and Tom Forman’s RelativityREAL are among the supplying prodcos.

495 will be providing its spin on the pawn genre with Pawn Games, which combines the seemingly ever-popular pawn genre with the game show. In the new series, based on the template of 495′s Repo Games, contestants will get the chance to win back the prized possessions they’ve pawned. The series is exec produced by SallyAnn Salsano.

On the way from Electus and 5X5 Media is The Sheriff, which follows acclaimed law enforcement expert Tony Schiena as he travels with his team to meet different sheriff departments to teach them new techniques in fighting crime. The series is exec produced by Ben Silverman, Craig Armstrong, Tod Mesirow and Rick Ringbakk.

RelativityREAL and the Jay¬†& Tony Show will team up for The Hustler, which features “the ultimate American capitalist,” salesman Josh T. Ryan. Each episode will see Ryan square off against another top salesman to see who can outsell the other. Series EPs are Jay Blumenfield, Tony Marsh and Tom Forman.

With Spike’s top-rated unscripted series being Auction Hunters, the net is bringing more auction action to the schedule via Zodiak USA’s Auction in My House. Based on the RDF Media format Secret Dealers, the series brings three deal hunters to peoples’ homes looking for hidden treasures and pitting them against each other to see who will score the best item. Exec producers include Zodiak’s Natalka Znak and Claire O’Donohoe.

David Page and Page Productions bring Hungry Men at Work to the table. Hosted by “working man’s chef” Stretch, the series tells the tale of chefs who create great meals, often in mass quantities, for the men who toil at the world’s most dangerous jobs.

Zoo Productions brings eviction to reality television via World’s Worst Tenants, featuring professional evictor Todd Howard and his team. The evictors have 150 residential, commercial and retail units to keep track of, and this series will follow them as they make their rounds. The series is exec produced by Barry Poznick and John Stevens.

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