American Digger, Big Easy Justice, World’s Worst Tenants, and Undercover Stings have been added to Spike’s 2012 schedule, alongside the renewal of 495 Productions’ Repo Games.
All four new series hit Spike’s target demo of men aged 18-34, the network said, and appeal to its expanding audience of men 35-49. They will all be overseen by Sharon Levy, executive VP of original series, and Tim Duffy, senior VP of original series.
Spike TV has ordered 13 half-hour episodes of Gurney Productions’ American Digger, which follows Ric Savage, a former professional wrestler who is now a modern day relic hunter, as he hunts with his team to unearth treasures underneath battlefields and historic sites, to sell for profit.
The American Savage team – made up of Savage, his wife, son, and two artifact recovery experts – must convince the homeowners living above these sites to let them dig up their property with high-tech equipment and a bulldozer.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions, Al Roker Entertainment, CRM Entertainment and Bodega Pictures are all behind Big Easy Justice. The 10 x 30-minute series is centered on bounty hunter Tat-2 and his Elite Fugitive Recovery Team, as they hunt down criminals in New Orleans.
Evicting “awful, dirty and dangerous” tenants forms the core of the previously announced World’s Worst Tenants, starring former U.S. Marine Todd Howard and his eviction team, made up of his wife, Randye, and his business partner, Rick. The trio are tasked with keeping tabs on more than 150 residential, commercial and retail units. The 10 x 30-minute series is produced by Barry Poznick and John Stevens of Zoo Productions (Southern Fried Stings).
Elsewhere, Undercover Stings goes inside undercover police sting operations, from the planning and set-up to the final take-down. The 10 x 30-minute episodes come from the producers of Cops, with John Langley and Morgan Langley serving as executive producers.
Finally, Repo Games, from Jersey Shore producer 495 Productions, has also been picked up for another 20 episodes. The new season will debut in 2012.