Spike likes Beers' 'stupid death' tricks

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Spike TV wants to explore more "Ways to Die" with Thom Beers.

The cable network has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of "1000 Ways to Die," a series from the prolific producer that delves into bizarre ways people get themselves killed.

The series order follows the strong ratings for the two-part "1000 Ways" special, whose premiere in May drew 1 million viewers.

In tongue-in-cheek fashion, "1000 Ways," which launches in the fall, showcases outrageous true-life endings — like death from eating a jalapeno pepper — through re-enactments interlaced with dramatic witness testimonials, historical tidbits, scientific explanations and CGI effects.

"Everyone is fascinated with death and wants to know how and why," said Sharon Levy, Spike TV senior vp original series. "We got the tone of it immediately and felt it was a no-brainer for the channel."

Beers, who executive produces the series with Philip Segal, called "1000 Ways" one of his passion projcts. "It's Darwinism meets 'CSI,' " he said. "It's the science of stupid death."

Beers, whose series credits include "Deadliest Catch" and "Ice Road Truckers," stressed that the series won't feature people dying of natural causes or at war but only "dumb deaths that result from putting yourself in a dumb situation. They are self-inflicted through stupidity."

The series will be shot like a horror film. "It will have more of a graphic novel look," he said, "almost like gothic tales of horror." (partialdiff)
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