Spike TV's goal: college football comedy

Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:14am EST

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Young men's cable channel Spike TV is heading to the college gridiron, ordering a football-themed comedy pilot in the vein of "Animal House."

"Blue Mountain State" follows three incoming freshmen attending Midwestern college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State who must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing.

Former NFL running back-turned-actor Ed Marinaro stars as the team's coach. Darin Brooks ("Days of Our Lives") plays Alex, a talented quarterback content to ride the bench while partying with his best friend, Sammy (co-writer Chris Romano), who aspires to be the school's mascot. Sam Jones III ("ER") plays Craig, the school's top recruit and future pro whose life already is mapped out for him by his controlling girlfriend, Denise (Gabrielle Dennis).

Brian Robbins ("Varsity Blues") is executive producing and will direct the pilot, which goes into production in February. Romano co-wrote the pilot with Eric Falconer ("The Sarah Silverman Program").

Spike TV first entered the original scripted comedy business this year with "The Factory." No decision has been made regarding a second season of that series.

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