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26 Feb 2010

Spike Scores Another 13 Episodes Of Original Scripted Comedy “BMS”

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SPIKE TV SCORES ANOTHER 13 EPISODES OF ORIGINAL SCRIPTED COMEDY “BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE”

PRODUCED BY VARSITY PICTURES AND LIONSGATE

New York, NY, February 26, 2010 – Spike TV has picked up a second season of 13 episodes  of its first original scripted comedy series, “Blue Mountain State,” it was announced today by Kevin Kay, Spike TV president.  Produced by Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter-Bridgett and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), “Blue Mountain State” launched in January and has averaged nearly 1 million viewers, improving the timeslot in the key demographics of Men 18-24 by +165% and Men 18-34 by +86% (through six episodes).  

“Blue Mountain State” follows the on and off-field antics of incoming freshmen as they learn to adapt to life at the fictional college football powerhouse, Blue Mountain State. Former NFL running back and veteran actor, Ed Marinaro (“Hill Street Blues”), stars as the coach.  Alex, played by Emmy Award®-winner Darin Brooks (“Blue Crush”) is a talented quarterback, content to be second-string and ride the bench while partying with his best friend Sammy, played by Romanski (“The Sarah Silverman Program”).  The cast also includes Thad, played by Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”), the team’s over-the-top team captain and Denise played by Gabrielle Dennis (“The Game”). 

Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett are executive producers.  Series star Romanski, along with Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program,” “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) also serve as executive producers and writers.

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Press Contacts:   

Jenni Runyan Spike TV/LA 310-407-4771 jenni.runyan@spiketv.com

Debra Fazio Spike TV/NY 212-767-8649       debra.fazio@spiketv.com

Leah Krantzler LippinGroup/Lionsgate 323-965-1990 lkrantzler@lippingroup.com