Spike TV To Rebroadcast TV Miniseries “Meteor” And “The Storm” This August

July 23rd, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV TO REBROADCAST TELEVISION MINISERIES “METEOR” AND “THE STORM” THIS AUGUST

Spike TV Will Air Both Movies In Support Of The Spike TV Original Series
“Surviving Disaster”

New York, NY, July 23, 2009 – Spike TV has acquired the off-network rights to two disaster-themed NBC miniseries, “Meteor” and “The Storm,” it was announced today by John Griffin, vice president, programming Spike TV.  Both films, produced by RHI Entertainment, will air in late August in anticipation for the launch of Spike TV’s new, ambitious original series, “Surviving Disaster.” 

“These two high-action, dramatic miniseries which will serve as the perfect platform to promote our exciting and informative new series, “Surviving Disaster,” that might actually save your life,” said Griffin.

“Surviving Disaster,” hosted by Navy SEAL Cade Courtley, vividly takes viewers through catastrophic scenarios and arms them with the knowledge needed to survive the unthinkable.  The Spike TV original series premieres Tuesday, September 1 (10:00-11:00pm ET/PT).

Originally airing on NBC on July 12 and 19 of this year, “Meteor” features two scientists, Dr. Lehman and Imogene O’Neil, who discover the giant meteor Kassandra, approximately three times the size of Mt. Everest, has been knocked out of its orbit and is now barreling straight toward Earth.  The world’s population is endangered as showers of smaller meteorites begin to lay waste to major cities around the globe. Starring Christopher Lloyd, Marla Sokoloff, Jason Alexander, Stacy Keach, Billy Campbell and Michael Rooker,  part 1 premieres on Spike TV Sunday, August 30 at 8:00pm ET/PT and part 2 debuts Sunday, August 30 at 10pm ET/PT

“The Storm,” set to air July 26 and August 2 on NBC, is an epic miniseries event where the changeable forces of nature combine – in the air, on land, in the seas – as the world counts down its final, catastrophic hours.  It’s the ultimate tale of man against nature.  The miniseries stars Treat Williams, James Van Der Beek and Teri Polo.  Part 1 on Spike TV premieres Monday, August 31 at 8:00pm and part 2 debuts Monday, August 31 at 10:00pm.

Spike TV is available in 98 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 and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Press Contacts:   David Schwarz                Spike TV                 212-767-8639

Spike TV Renews the Multi-Platform Hit Series “Deadliest Warrior” For a Second Season

July 21st, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

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MORE EPIC BATTLES ON THE HORIZON!
SPIKE TV RENEWS THE MULTI-PLATFORM HIT SERIES
“DEADLIEST WARRIOR” FOR A SECOND SEASON
 
Series To Return With 13 New Episodes Beginning Spring 2010

Spike.com’s Original  Series “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath”
Also Set To Return After Record Traffic

Los Angeles, CA, July 21, 2009 – History’s most lethal combatants will continue the fight to the death as Spike TV renews “Deadliest Warrior” for a second season, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, senior vice president, original programming, Spike TV.  The successful first season averaged 1.8 million viewers, had more than 6.2 million show-related video views on Spike.com and is Spike TV’s best-selling series this year across all download-to-own (DTO) platforms.  The second season of “Deadliest Warrior” will premiere 13 episodes in Spring 2010 with Spike.com’s original round table discussion series, “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath,” also set to return in conjunction with the new episodes. 

“We are thrilled with the success ‘Deadliest Warrior’ has achieved both on air and online for Spike,” said Levy.  “The decision to pick it up is a no-brainer.  Since hitting the air, fans have endlessly debated and shared online, even offering some great ideas for future match-ups.” 

Airing at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, the first season of “Deadliest Warrior” (April 7 – May 31) averaged a robust 1.8 million viewers, ranking second among men 18-49 and men 18-34, behind only the NBA Playoffs on TNT.  The premiere season concluded as the highest-rated first season of any original program on Spike since 2005.  With the multi-platform success of the series, Spike TV is currently pursuing a book deal, video game and various other merchandising opportunities based on the series. 

Also a hit on Spike.com, the “Deadliest Warrior” show pages attracted a season average of over 207,000 weekly unique visitors.  Show-related videos generated over 6.2 million video views during the course of the season.  “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath” was hugely successful and maintained the online interest between episodes, generating 1.8 million video views (April 7 – June 21).  “Deadliest Warrior” also performed exceptionally well on DTO platforms, driving sales to record highs on iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation and Zune.   It was Spike TV’s number one selling series across all DTO platforms in May and is Spike TV’s best-selling series this year. 

Deadliest Warrior” pits history’s greatest warriors against one another to determine, once and for all, who reigns supreme.  To collect data on these legends of combat, the series features a fight club that consists of series regulars Geoff Desmoulin, a biomedical engineer and karate black belt who uses high-tech sensors to collect the data, and computer whiz Max Geiger, who tracks all the test findings to ultimately run in a battle simulation program.  Along with the use of 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, the series enlists warrior-specific, world-class fighters and experts to provide insight into what makes these combatants tick, analyzing every facet of their unique skills of destruction, culminating in a head-to-head final fight between two legends of the battlefield that will produce the deadliest warrior.  The premiere season featured such iconic warriors in Spartans and Samurai, prominent individuals like William Wallace and Shaka Zulu, zealous terrorists in the Taliban and even the notoriously bloody Yakuza, among others. 

Deadliest Warrior” featured content on Spike.com will also be expanded next season.  Outside of the return of the weekly roundtable series “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath,” initial plans for the show page content includes “Blood in the Sand” weekly blog articles, sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes looks and interviews with series regulars and experts.  Users will also be able to view full episodes of that week’s episode online after it has premiered on-air.  Further plans will be announced at a later date. 

Deadliest Warrior” is produced for Spike TV by Morningstar Entertainment (“Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force”).  The series is executive produced by Gary Tarpanian and Paninee Theeranuntawat.  Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are Spike TV’s executives in charge of production. 

Spike TV
is available in 98 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 and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Press Contacts:  
David Schwarz                 212/767-8639         david.schwarz@spiketv.com
Melissa Leung Sugiura     310/407-4729         melissa.sugiura@mtvstaff.com 

“The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” Cast Is Announced

July 13th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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“THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVYWEIGHTS” CAST IS ANNOUNCED FEATURING NOTABLE FIGHTERS KIMBO SLICE, FORMER IFL CHAMPION ROY NELSON, FORMER UFC CONTENDER WES SIMS AND FOUR FORMER NFL PLAYERS

Rampage Jackson And Rashad Evans To Coach The 16 Heavyweights Vying For A Six-Figure Contract With The UFC

Premieres Wednesday, September 16 at 10pm ET/PT on Spike TV

New York, NY, July 10, 2009 – In what will literally be the biggest season ever of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV, the 10th season of the groundbreaking series, premiering Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00pm, will showcase 16 of the best unsigned heavyweight mixed martial arts fighters in the world. Featuring former UFC light heavyweight champions “Suga” Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as coaches, season 10 marks the only installment to include only the heavyweight weight class (206+ lbs).

“The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” includes a list of notable athletes with impressive and diverse pedigrees including four former NFL players, UFC veterans, a former IFL heavyweight champ, and a highly-publicized former EliteXC fighter who gained prominence through his non-sanctioned bouts on YouTube.

The cast includes:

  • Zak Jensen – standout wrestler at Augsburg College
  • Marcus Jones – former 1st round NFL draft pick who had a six-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Scott Junk – Division II All-American football player at Southwest Oklahoma State and fought in UFC 76.
  • James McSweeney – former international kickboxing and Muay Thai champion
  • John Madsen – defeated Brock Lesnar in a high school wrestling match
  • Matt Mitrione – played for New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings
  • Roy Nelson – former IFL Heavyweight Champion
  • Demico Rogers – high school football and wrestling star
  • Brendan Schaub – played for Buffalo Bills and Arena Football’s Utah Blaze
  • Darrill Schoonover – decorated Army veteran
  • Wes Shivers – former member of the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons
  • Wes Sims – fought two heated battles with former UFC champ Frank Mir at UFC 43 and UFC 46
  • Kimbo Slice – former EliteXC heavyweight contender and YouTube sensation
  • Abe Wagner – played linebacker at Michigan Tech and has a degree in mechanical engineering
  • Mike Wessel – UFC veteran and former strength and conditioning coach at University of Arkansas
  • Justin Wren – All-American high school wrestler

During the six-week taping of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” these 16 men endured a grueling regimen of jiu-jitsu, judo, Muay Thai, karate, boxing and wrestling.  The intense competition among the fighters continues after they leave the gym – at the Ultimate Fighter House.  These warriors must live together, knowing that any day they might be forced to fight each other in the famed UFC Octagon™. 

The two finalists will square off in a live finale Saturday, December 5 on Spike TV, when the winner will be declared “The Ultimate Fighter” and net the six-figure contract and a cash prize.  UFC President Dana White will once again serve as host of the series.

After each show, Spike.com users will get exclusive extended footage from each episode and an exclusive video leak of the upcoming episode. 

Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are the show’s executive producers.   Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, sports & specials, Spike TV is co-executive producer and Christopher Martello is executive in charge of production for Spike TV.  

Spike TV is available in 98 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 and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Press Contacts:  

David Schwarz                Spike TV                         212-767-8639
Jennifer Wenk                UFC/Las Vegas                702-221-4790
Salil Gulati                     Spike TV                         212-767-8705     
Rachel Trontel                UFC/Las Vegas                702-588-5516