Smith to exec produce 'Stash'; 'Walking Dead' kick-starts Fearfest
AMC has greenlit two unscripted shows for next year: “Secret Stash,” exec produced by screenwriter-helmer Kevin Smith and set in Smith’s eponymous Red Bank, N.J., comicbook store; and “JJK Security,” about a family-owned security business in rural Georgia.
On the network’s more immediate agenda, “The Walking Dead” has made a couple of sked changes. The show’s season premiere will be extended by half an hour when it airs on Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. The 90-minute episode will be followed by six hourlongs in subsequent weeks. Originally, the “Dead” season preem was to be the climax to AMC’s “Fearfest” two-week horror-themed programming event; now it’s the kickoff.
Appropriately, “Stash,” indie film mainstay Smith’s show, is produced with Charlie Corwin’s Original Media, a shingle with properties in both unscripted TV (History’s “Swamp People”) and film (“The Squid and the Whale,” the upcoming remake of “The Toxic Avenger”).
Smith said some major selling points for him were meth and zombies (and Don Draper). “(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,’?” riffed the “Red State” helmer in a release.
Corwin said he and Smith had set out to “create a story for fanboys (about) fanboyism.” The show has been rumored for months: In May, Smith tweeted that he was working on a “Stash Show,” but there may be more in the works for the multi-hyphenate. The Original Media page on Facebook lists casting ops for not one but two shows — another described as “?’Pawn Stars’ for fanboys.”
The net has ordered six segs of “Stash” and eight of “JJK,” with airdates set for the first and third quarters of 2012, respectively.
“JJK” is produced by Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver’s Left/Right, whose recent projects include “Mob Wives” with the Weinstein Co.