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07 Mar 2008

“Unsolved Mysteries” Gets a New Look on Spike TV

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“UNSOLVED MYSTERIES” GETS A NEW LOOK ON SPIKE TV

Dennis Farina To Host Episodes Created Exclusively For Spike TV

Re-purposed Episodes Available on Spike Digital and Mobile

New York, NY – March 7, 2008 – Spike TV is updating the long-running “Unsolved Mysteries” franchise by creating a new collection 175 re-edited episodes hosted by acclaimed television and film actor Dennis Farina. The new episodes, focusing on more of the dangerous and action-oriented cases, will also be available on Spike’s web site, www.spike.com, and mobile outlets. 

Spike’s TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries,” featuring real-life cases of unsolved crimes, missing persons and unexplained paranormal phenomena begins its five year run on Spike TV in October, 2008.  Each one-hour episode will feature five stories re-enacted by professional actors, plus brand new show wraps and updates on past stories.  The series will be stripped weekday afternoons.

Emmy®-nominated producers, John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer, serve as executive producers for Spike’s “Unsolved Mysteries.”

Shot in documentary style, “Unsolved Mysteries” has been an incredibly successful television franchise, running on a variety of different networks since launching in 1987. With the host serving as narrator and actors portraying victims, witnesses and perpetrators, each episode re-enacts true-to-life crimes, missing person reports and unexplained phenomena as reported to police.  The series urges its viewers to contact the show if they have any information that could help solve a crime that was featured in one of the episodes.    

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.

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