Spike TV, 'Amazing Race' Co-Creator Team for Bellator Fighting Championships Reality Series
The Bertram van Munster-produced hourlong show, featuring fighters from the emerging mixed martial arts league, will premiere in 2013.
Spike TV is enlisting The Amazing Race co-creator Bertram van Munster to create a reality show set in the world of Bellator Fighting Championships.
While details are being kept tightly guarded, the one-hour series will showcase fighters from the emerging mixed martial arts league. The still-untitled show, which will join such Spike series as Ink Master and Blue Mountain State, is set to bow in 2013.
“Some of the most physically gifted and fascinating athletes in the world fight in Bellator, and I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new nonscripted series,” said van Munster, whose other TV credits include Oprah's Big Give and TNT's upcoming The Great Escape.
Added Sharon Levy, Spike's executive vp original programming, “The concept of this groundbreaking new series will broadly appeal to not only mixed martial arts fans but to reality show enthusiasts as well."
Van Munster and his Profiles Television Productions co-founder Elise Doganieri will serve as executive producers, with Levy and senior vp original programming Tim Duffy set to oversee the project for the network. Bellator fare airs Friday nights on both MTV2 and Epix with only prelims on Spike.com, but it is moving to Spike TV next year.
Van Munster is repped by CAA.