Unscripted

Spike aims to quench audience’s ‘thirst for knowledge’ with new unscripted elixirs

Spike TV has announced a new slate of infotainment-oriented non-fiction pilots that will bring radical weaponry, alternative histories and advice for the aspiring bar-owner to its guy-centric audience.
May 5, 2010

Spike TV has announced a new slate of infotainment-oriented non-fiction pilots that will bring radical weaponry, alternative histories and advice for the aspiring bar-owner to its guy-centric audience.

‘Our new slate of non-scripted pilots speaks to our audience’s thirst for knowledge in topics relevant to them, provided in an exciting way,’ says Sharon Levy, senior vice president, original series, Spike TV.

The non-scripted fare in development includes Weapon X, produced by Original Productions, which brings Future Weapons host Richard Machowitz on board to reframe some of the biggest battles in history, dropping potentially game-changing secret weapons into the mix.

3 Ball Productions brings colorful bar/restaurant consultant John Taffer to a new establishment each week to whip it into shape in On The Rocks. Using his ‘Taffer Dynamics’ methodology, which includes everything from undercover work to eye tracking tech, Taffer will attempt to pull flailing watering holes out of the deep end.

Alternative History, produced by Flight 33 Productions, will provide a new ‘what if’ scenario for several of history’s key events, using bleeding-edge animation to illustrate the hypotheses.

Atlas Media Corp. in association with Elvis Duran Group will present Phowned!, a program that unleashes the talents of some of America’s top prank phone callers from the nationally-syndicated radio hit The Elvis Duran Morning Show upon an unsuspecting nation.

On the paranormal tip, Half Yard Productions offers Haunted Civilizations, which will examine several of history’s spookiest locations to unearth untold secrets.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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