Spike series' goal: Be a football hero

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Spike TV is heading to the college gridiron, greenlighting a football-themed comedy pilot from Brian Robbins.

"Blue Mountain State," from Lionsgate and Robbins' Varsity Pictures, is a half-hour scripted comedy in the vein of "Animal House." The project, written by Chris Romano and Eric Falconer ("The Sarah Silverman Program"), 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.

Robbins is executive producing and will direct the pilot, which goes into production in February. Robbins' producing partner Sharla Sumpter Bridgett along with Romano and Falconer are co-exec producers.

Ed Marinaro stars as the team's coach. Darin Brooks plays Alex, a talented quarterback content to ride the bench while partying with his best friend, Sammy (Romano). Sam Jones III plays Craig, the school's top recruit.

Romano and Falconer are repped by UTA. Brooks is with TalentWorks and Kritzer/Levine/ Wilkins. Jones is with APA and Luber Roklin. (partialdiff)
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