SPIKE TV ORDERS SEASON FOUR OF “1000 WAYS TO DIE”
New York, NY, October 18, 2011 – Spike TV has ordered a fourth season of its hit original series, “1000 Ways to Die” from Original Productions, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, executive vice president, original series. The highly-rated original series, “1000 Ways to Die,” showcases some of the most outrageously true stories about those who succumbed to the grim reaper in the most unorthodox of ways. The new season, consisting of 13 episodes, will premiere in March, 2012.
Currently in the middle of its third season, “1000 Ways To Die” has averaged a robust 1.6 million viewers. Premiering this summer, the new episodes for Season 3 have improved its 10pm Monday timeslot by 25% with total viewers, 23% with Men 25-49 and a whopping 108% with Men 18-24.
“1000 Ways to Die” is truly a multi-platform hit for Spike. The show continues to be one of the most watched original programs on Spike.com as show-related videos garnered 2.4 million total video streams in Season 3. “1000 Ways to Die is also amongst the top Spike TV originals that generate the most social media buzz and is especially popular on twitter this season. The series is also among the most-watched shows on Spike TV’s Video-on-Demand.
Each episode takes viewers through a fast-paced full reenactment, interlaced with dramatic witness testimonials, fun historical tidbits, scientific expert explanations and vibrant CGI effects reminiscent of classic comic books. Playing off the commonly misconceived notion, “that could never happen to me,” “1000 Ways to Die” works to dispel that myth in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, highlighting the comedic irony in all the crazy ways people can get themselves killed.
Original Productions’ Emmy® Award winning Thom Beers, Philip Segal and Tom McMahon are executive producers for “1000 Ways to Die,” with Jeff Conroy serving as co-executive producer. Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president of original series and animation and Tim Duffy is senior vice president of original programming for Spike TV.
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Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company
Founded by Thom Beers, Original Productions produces authentic non-fiction programming featuring everyday heroes in extraordinary situations including the Emmy® Award Winning Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, IRT: Deadliest Roads, Ax Men, Wild Justice, Storage Wars and Black Gold. Beers’ steadfast focus on top-notch storytelling with engaging personalities in high risk circumstances has produced more than 1,200 hours of original programming. In February 2009, a majority stake in the 12 year-old-company was purchased by FremantleMedia, one of the leading creators and producers of world-wide entertainment brands. www.originalproductions.com/ www.fremantlemedia.com
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