A. Smith ramps up cable

Series slate includes 'Unsung,' 'Conspiracy'

A. Smith and Co., the shingle behind Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” is looking to up its presence in the cable world.

The company previously launched a cable-centric spinoff division, A. Smith and Co. Properties, to handle its growing cable biz.

“We love the fact that we’ve got such great diversity in our cable series,” said A. Smith and Co. Properties chief operating officer Frank Sinton, who runs the division with Arthur Smith and Kent Weed. “We don’t want to be pigeonholed into just being the guys who do documentaries. We love docs, but we also love doing sports and reality.”

A. Smith’s slate includes “Unsung,” the Sunday night doc series it produces for TVOne that just received a third-season pickup. Show, which chronicles lesser-known but influential musicians from history, is currently in its second year.

Company also has the upcoming Discovery Channel entry “Ultimate Car Build Off,” which follows garages in Detroit, Los Angeles and Atlanta as they compete to build a vehicle with only the parts they’re given. “Ultimate Car” is currently shooting its finale.

At the Travel Channel, A. Smith is behind the upcoming “The Streets of America: The Search for America’s Worst Driver,” in which bad motorists compete in challenges. “Worst Driver” recently wrapped production.

Next up, A. Smith is pitching the series “Fit for a King,” which mixes the travel and cooking genres with a dose of history. “King” will center on what great leaders from history — think King Tut or George Washington — would have eaten.

Other series currently on the air include Spike’s “UFC Countdown” and two at TruTV: “Full Throttle” and “Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura.” “Conspiracy Theory” launched earlier this month to TruTV’s biggest series launch aud.

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