Spike TV Green Lights Original Series 'Surviving Disaster' and 'Deadliest Warrior'...

Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:15am EDT

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Spike TV Green Lights Original Series 'Surviving Disaster' and 'Deadliest
Warrior' for 2009

Network Announces Season 2 Renewal For 'DEA'

NEW YORK, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Spike TV has given the green light to two of
its most ambitious new projects for series and has renewed its successful
original series, "DEA," all slated to premiere in 2009.  Production on the new
distinctive original series "Surviving Disaster" (working title) and
"Deadliest Warrior," and season two of "DEA" will begin this fall, it was
announced today by Sharon Levy, senior vice president of original series for
Spike TV.  

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"Spike TV is taking action-packed programming to an entirely new level," says
Levy.  "We're thrilled to be in business with some of the most talented and
successful producers in the industry and bring this programming to viewers."

In "Surviving Disaster," Spike TV presents a series, unlike any other on
television, that may actually save a life.  What's the best way to survive an
earthquake, shark attack, plane crash, bioterrorism, hostage crisis or deadly
tsunami?  For the sake of viewers and their families, it's imperative to know
how to survive disaster, both natural and man-made, and former Navy SEAL Cade
Courtley (Mark Burnett's "Combat Missions") is just the guy to lead viewers to
safety in this elaborate step-by-step weekly series.  With some of the most
elaborate disaster simulations ever created for television, "Surviving
Disaster" is a look at how people can arm themselves with knowledge that could
save their lives in the event of disaster.  

Ten one-hour episodes of "Surviving Disaster" will be produced by Wall to Wall
Media ("Man On a Wire," "Frontier House," "Spymaster," "Ancient Egyptians")
with Alex Graham and Jonathan Hewes serving as executive producers.  

With the series "Deadliest Warrior," Spike TV will settle once and for all the
age-old bar bet of who is history's ultimate fighting machine.  Each week,
this original, action-packed yet historical narrative series will pit two of
the most feared warriors civilization has ever known against one another.  Who
would come out the victor in a battle of Genghis Kahn's Mongol Barbarians
versus Viking warriors or Roman gladiators against Japanese samurai? 
Utilizing the latest in CGI technology, Spike TV will enlist experts on these
warriors to provide insight into what made these feared combatants tick and
analyze everything from their weaponry to their unique skills of destruction. 
Each episode will culminate when the two legends of the battlefield go
head-to-head in a final fight that will produce the deadliest warrior.

Nine one-hour episodes of "Deadliest Warrior" will be produced by Morningstar
Entertainment ("Battleground: The Art of War," "Manhunters -- Fugitive Task
Force") with Gary Tarpanian and Paninee Theeranuntawat serving as executive
producers. 

"DEA" returns for a second season on Spike TV as the network once again was
given exclusive access to follow a group of Special Agents and Task Force
Officers in the DEA as they put their lives on the line in a daily battle
against the ruthless illegal drug industry with individuals ranging from
street level dealers all the way up to international traffickers.  Production
begins this fall for season two in a city to be announced at a later date.

"DEA" averaged 1.2 million viewers for its premiere season (April-May, 2008)
and gave the network a 132% increase in viewership in its timeslot.  "DEA"
ranked #4 in all of cable in its timeslot among Men 18-34 and 18-49.
 
Nine new episodes of "DEA" will be produced for Spike TV by Al Roker
Entertainment, Inc. and Size 12 Productions.  Executive producers for the
series are Al Roker for Al Roker Entertainment and Russell Muth and Hank
Capshaw for Size 12 Productions.  Co-executive producer for Al Roker
Entertainment is Michael Kaufman.  Tim Duffy is Spike TV's executive in charge
of production. 

Spike TV is available in 97.3 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.


SOURCE  Spike TV

Debra Fazio, of Spike TV, +1-212-767-8649, debra.fazio@spiketv.com, or David
Schwarz, of Spike TV, +1-212-767-8639, david.schwarz@spiketv.com
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