AMC greenlights Kevin Smith unscripted series

Secret Stash will document the zany goings-on at the film director’s comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, while also shining a spotlight on fanboy culture.
September 1, 2011

AMC is moving forward with two unscripted projects, including one exec produced by filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy).

Smith joins Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (LA Ink, Miami Ink, Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Smith’s latest, Red State) as exec producers for Secret Stash, a 6 x 60-minute series set in the director’s New Jersey comic book shop.

AMC says the show will provide viewers with a look into the world of the neighborhood comic book shop as well as a glimpse at fanboy (and geek girl, one would assume) culture. The series is currently scheduled for a launch in the first quarter of next year.

“Draper. Meth. Zombies. This show couldn’t be on a better network,” said Smith. “AMC is to television what Miramax was to cinema back when I first got in the game: they’re the premier destination for any story-teller looking to spin an offbeat yarn that no other outlet has the stones to touch.

“And if they’d pushed just a little harder in the negotiations, I’d have done this show for no payment beyond early access to every episode of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Walking Dead,” he added.

“Kevin and I developed this series to create a story for fanboys by fanboyism and we are determined to reveal to audiences the insular yet colorful fanboy world,” offered Corwin.

The network has also greenlit JJK Security (w/t), exec produced by Left/Right’s Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver. The 8 x 30-minute series, currently slated to premiere in the third quarter of 2012, looks at the “slightly off-kilter” employees of a small, family-owned private security company in rural Georgia.

“When we first saw the tape of JJK we were speechless,” said Joel Stillerman, senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content for AMC. “It is unlike anything we have ever seen before – a true original. The characters are incredibly rich and compelling; and Left/Right found a way to tell the story in an honest, funny, and nuanced way. In non-fiction series, it is incredibly hard to find great characters and great story, and this is truly both.”

Stillerman and his team of Mary Conlon, vice president of non-scripted original programming, and Ari Mark, director of development, oversee development and production for AMC’s unscripted series.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.