'Bounty,' 'Tattoo' and 'Rat' expand reality slate
Spike TV has ordered a trio of shows to help it expand into the reality genre.Getting the greenlight from the Viacom-owned cabler are “Full Bounty,” “Tattoo Nightmares” and “Rat Bastards.” No premiere dates have been announced. In “Full Bounty,” from Barry Poznick and John Stevens of Zoo Prods., 12 first-time bounty hunters will chase down fugitives to win cash. From “Jersey Shore” creator Sally Ann Salsano and her 495 Prods. shingle, “Tattoo Nightmares” will examine some of the worst body tattoos and how individuals try to get rid of them with the help of tattoo removal experts. Oversized rodents are at the center of “Rat Bastards.” Series looks at a group of “Cajun Commandoes” who look to hunt vermin in the Mississippi delta region over a four-month window. Show is from Studio Lambert and American Chainsaw shingles, the team behind Spike’s “Diamond Divers.” “These shows share a theme of larger-than-life characters in extreme situations where the high stakes are real,” said network topper Sharon Levy. Spike is also set to bring back “World’s Wildest Police Videos,” which ran on Fox 1998-2002 and will be produced by Pilgrim Studios and Pursuit Prods. In addition, cabler will air the two-part special “Urban Jungle Man,” about an extreme animal handler who rescues, captures and relocates dangerous and exotic animals in Gotham. Asylum Entertainment will produce.