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    Craig Piligian
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    Craig Piligian
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    Brides. Ghosts. Larry the Cable Guy? "As long as there's good story and good talent," Craig Piligian says of his expanding brood of reality characters. And they're everywhere: on Discovery, where Piligian launched the game-changing and still-thriving American Chopper and Dirty Jobs (the former's premiere drew more than 3 million viewers in February); on History, home of the marksmen-themed Top Shot and comedic Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy, which gave the net its best-ever first-quarter launch; on Syfy, on which Ghost Hunters returns this year for seventh season; and on OWN, via the forthcoming Miracle Detectives. But somehow, the L.A.-based Detroit native still sees himself as an underdog. "Unscripted is still the black sheep," Piligian says. "All these scripted guys come in and want to do reality TV, and they have their asses handed to them 'cause they don't know how to do it."

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