9:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Adam Carolla to Host Live Talk Show on Spike
Spike is expanding its live offerings.
The Viacom-owned cable network is reteaming with Adam Carolla for a series called Adam Carolla Builds Stuff Live, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The 10-episode series is described as interactive talk show meets build show meets comedy. Carolla, who recently served as the host of Catch a Contractor, will take on unique building projects with celebrity friends in need of his carpentry expertise. The master carpenter will provide his skills and commentary each week as he works side-by-side — live. As part of the interactive series, Carolla will also engage with fans on social media who have their own carpentry questions.
Carolla will executive produce alongside Michael Davies and his Sony Pictures-based Embassy Row Productions banner. The latter is no stranger to live talk shows, having already produced AMC's The Walking Dead post-show, Talking Dead, which is expanding this month to include the second season of prequel series Fear the Walking Dead.
Spike has ordered 10 one-hour episodes, which will debut in 2017. The series will be broadcast live from Los Angeles and will include taped segments illustrating the prep work that went into that week's building project.
Spike exec vp original series Sharon Levy, senior vp original programming Chachi Senior and vp original series Justin Lacob will oversee for the cabler.
Builds Stuff marks the latest unscripted entry at Spike as the network looks to continue to build on the success of Lip Sync Battle. It also is readying Lip Sync Battle Jr. and Carakoe Showdown with Craig Robinson, among other projects.
Live television has continued to become increasingly valuable on both broadcast and cable amid the so-called peak TV era of more than 400 scripted and 700 unscripted original series. Live broadcasts — like NBC's holiday musicals — help lure eyeballs in the increasingly crowded landscape. Other live programming, like sports and awards show broadcasts, have become more valuable as networks look for DVR-proof content.