Spike TV announced a significant bolstering of its male-skewing nonfiction lineup Wednesday, with the addition of two series and the second-season renewal of “Cops”-like reality skein “DEA.”
Set to debut next spring, “Deadliest Warrior” will feature computer-rendered imaginary bouts between historical tough guys, pitting for example, Genghis Khan’s Mongols against Nordic Vikings. Spike has ordered nine one-hour episodes of the series, which is produced by Morningstar Entertainment with Gary Tarpanian and Paninee Theeranuntawat serving as exec producers.
Most likely bowing in the summer, the second skein, “Surviving Disaster,” will feature former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley offering viewers instructions on how to get by during such calamities as earthquakes, plane crashes and bioterrorism attacks. Series is produced by Wall to Wall Media with Alex Graham and Jonathan Hewes serving as exec producers. Spike has ordered 10 one-hour episodes.
Finally, the cabler has commissioned nine new episodes of “DEA.” Produced by Al Roker Entertainment and Size 12 Prods. and exec produced by Roker, the series averaged 1.2 million viewers for its premiere season, which ran last spring. Among the cable competish, it ranked fourth in its timeslot for men 18-34 and 18-49.
“With the kind of producers we’re working with now, we’re at a kind of Thom Beers place right now,” said Sharon Levy, senior VP of original programming for Spike, referring to the creator of top-rated cable reality skeins such as “Deadliest Catch” and “Ice Road Truckers.”