Upcoming Spike series echoes producer's action roots
GRB’s next big show is taking the company back to its roots.“Most Lethal,” which GRB is producing for Spike, will pit some of the country’s most highly trained military operators against each other. The show recalls GRB’s beginnings, when it produced stunt-filled shows for ABC and Fox. “We want to find a real-life Jason Bourne,” says GRB vice president of development Tim Prokop, the show’s creator and showrunner. Prokop devised the idea for “Most Lethal” while he was producing another military-related special: “Medal of Honor” for TNT. In that show, Prokop interviewed the families of Delta Force operators who had died in the line of duty and were posthumously given the Medal of Honor. “What I was fascinated with throughout that show was the extraordinary level of ability that these people had,” says Prokop, who has also written and produced such specials and shows as “War Dogs” for Discovery Channel and “Deadliest Warrior” for Spike. While most action-packed programming relies heavily on computer-generated imagery, “Most Lethal” is going to be “100% authentic,” using such techniques as super-slow motion, high-speed photography and biomedical feedback, says GRB prexy and CEO Gary R. Benz. “Even the military hasn’t done the kind of testing that I am looking at doing,” adds Prokop. Because much of what the military does in these areas is top secret, the casting for “Most Lethal” will mostly be comprised of ex-military: 12 men who are still young but highly trained and now working in the private sector or as instructors. “For someone to succeed in this show, they had better be really good under pressure,” says Prokop. The challenges are based in the military tradition, emphasizing skills such as shooting accuracy, stamina and breath control. “We’ve created a fairly unique mixture of people who come from the traditional television world, who are skilled at creating great challenges, combined with top-end military operators to help us configure our tests,” Prokop says. At the end of each episode, the weakest competitors will face off and one person will leave the show. While there will be a cash prize at the end, the participants are just as likely to be driven by love of God and country, says Prokop. “People want to be a part of this,” he says. “You don’t get to be an elite, tier-one operator without being proud and patriotic.”
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