'Spike' comedy comes down pike for network


Spike TV has picked up a comedic action series titled "Wild World of Spike."

The cable network has ordered seven half-hour episodes of the original series, which revolves around such "unheralded sports" as mop-jousting, blindfolded kickboxing and dirt skiing, focusing "more on the agony of defeat than the thrill of victory."

The series is hosted by mixed martial arts fighter Kit Cope, skateboarding legend Jason Ellis and comedian Sam Tripoli. In each episode, the hosts screen bizarre sporting events from all around the world from the comforts of their living room and then select events to re-create, with comedic results. "Wild World" premieres in January.

"Our mission is simple with 'Wild World of Spike': to find the most ridiculous and outrageous sporting events, then aim to re-create them without killing our three hosts," said Brian Diamond, senior vp sports and specials at Spike TV and co-executive producer of the show.

"Wild World" is produced by GRB Entertainment. GRB's Brant Pinvidic serves as executive producer.

Jodi Reborchick serves as executive in charge of production for Spike TV.