Spike orders up new Criss Angel show

Reality skein follows magician through creative process

Criss Angel will be conjuring up programming at Spike, as the edgy magician lines up a new original series for the cabler.

Weekly reality skein will follow Angel through the creative process that drives an illusion, and let auds into the “think tank” where his team brainstorms the illusions. Program will also offer a glimpse into Angel’s personal life.

“Spike is thrilled to be able to showcase the amazing talents of Criss Angel, a perfect fit for our evolving adult brand,” said Sharon Levy, exec veep of original series at Spike. “Criss has grown immeasurably as an artist and we are excited to give our viewers never-before granted access into the inner workings of his secret world and his mind.”

Spike ordered 11 hourlong episodes of the series, which will begin lensing this spring in primarily Las Vegas. Cabler will bow the series this fall.

Angel became a household name thanks to his A&E unscripted show “Criss Angel Mindfreak.”

Angel’s Spike TV program is exec produced by Angel for APWI, and David Baram and Erich Recker for LBI Entertainment. Deal was brokered by Scott Lonker and Eric Wattenberg of CAA, who rep the magician.

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