Spike drinks up 'Players' comedy


Spike TV is buying the next round.

The cable network has given the green light to "Players," a half-hour original series set at a sports bar. It was created by Matt Walsh, one of the founders of the improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade.

The sitcom, from Principato Young, revolves around a pair of brothers with opposite personalities trying to run their bar.

Production begins this month in Los Angeles on the 10-episode order, with the series slated to premiere in the summer.

Walsh also co-stars in "Players" as Bruce, a free spirit living out his fantasy by owning a sports bar, which gives him the opportunity to bet on games and hit on waitresses. His brother Ken (Ian Roberts), meanwhile, tries to keep his eye on turning a profit.

The cast also includes Danielle Schneider and James Pumphery.

Walsh, Roberts and Jay Martel executive produce with Peter Principato, Paul Young, Tucker Voorhees and John Lynch of Devlin Entertainment.

Jason Woliner, who directed the presentation, is co- executive producing.

Walsh, a former correspondent on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," has appeared in such feature comedies as "Old School," "Semi-Pro" and "Bad Santa." (partialdiff)