Spike goes undercover with 'DEA'


Spike TV is going inside the Drug Enforcement Administration with a new unscripted series from Al Roker Entertainment.

The cable network has ordered six hourlong episodes of the narrative series "DEA," which will give viewers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the organization.

Producers were given access to follow a group of special agents and task force officers in the DEA's Detroit division as they regularly put their lives at risk to work on illegal drug cases, involving everyone from street-level dealers to international drug traffickers.

"DEA" will aim to show viewers what it's like to go undercover and pose as drug dealers as well as to execute drug raids. The series also will take a look at the unique relationship that DEA special agents have with informants.

"Viewers will get the same unprecedented access to the inner workings of the DEA as our camera crews — the raids, the risk and the danger," executive producer Al Roker said. "This series is the real deal, exposing elements of illegal drug trade that you could not imagine. When you watch 'DEA,' you will feel like you have gone undercover."

Added Special Agent Mary Irene Cooper, the DEA's chief of congressional and public affairs: "Nothing else I've seen captures the day-to-day experiences of drug law enforcement work like this. You see the thrills, you see the anticipation, you see the chase, you see the reality."

"DEA," which Al Roker Entertainment produces in association with Size 12 Prods., is set to premiere in the spring. Russell Muth and Hank Capshaw executive produce for Size 12.