Spike developing “Covert Kitchens,” “Auto Body Avengers”

U.S. cable network Spike has added 11 projects to its development slate, including pilots from Eyeworks USA, Thinkfactory Media and Shine America.
April 16, 2013

U.S. cable network Spike has added 11 projects to its development slate, including pilots from Eyeworks USA, Thinkfactory Media and Shine America.

From Eyeworks USA (formerly 3 Ball Productions) comes To Catch a Contractor, hosted by television and radio personality Adam Carolla. The pilot sees Carolla acting as a watchdog to business and home owners who’ve been cheated by a contractor. Along with contractor Skip Bedell, Carolla hunts down the builder and makes them fix the disaster and finish the job.

Eyeworks USA also produces Hungry Investors, starring Bar Rescue‘s Jon Taffer. In the show he joins two restaurant industry experts to find failing restaurants, and puts them in a challenge-based competition. The winning business, which is deemed to have the most promising chance of turning things around, earns a cash investment.

Shine America is set to produce a pilot of Covert Kitchens, in which MasterChef judge Graham Elliot goes into the underground restaurant world to explore the one-night-only culinary events held by top chefs in alleyways, train cars, and even tattoo parlors.

In another food-based show, Sharp Entertainment’s Frankenfood looks for the top food innovators in America. Presented by chef Eric Greenspan, each episode sees chefs compete to get an unexpected dish on a menu, win a cash prize, and possibly launch the next food craze.

The T Group’s Biz Brokers gives a small business owner the assistance of a business broker to decide on which company to buy, out of three that are up for sale. The show follows up several months later to see if the owner succeeded with their purchase.

Elsewhere, Matador has two pilots on the development slate, with Auto Body Avengers following a group of operatives who go undercover to find garages suspected of fraud, while Hard Money goes inside the world of money lending.

Thinkfactory Media’s Property Monstrosity sees a group of neighbors banding together to confront a negligent neighbor who is diminishing the value of all other houses on the block.

Left/Right and Watson Pond Productions’ Reposa Justice follows criminal defense attorney Adam Reposa; in Stone & Company’s Take This Job and Love It, hidden cameras capture extreme job tests; while We’re the Boss from The Hochberg Ebersol Company is a workplace reality series giving employees the chance to be the boss for one week.

“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, exec VP of original series for 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.”

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