Spike playing ball with Irvin


Michael Irvin has created a Spike TV reality series in which NFL hopefuls compete to potentially join the Dallas Cowboys.

The untitled project pairs the Hall of Fame receiver's Playmaker Prods. with reality veterans 3 Ball Prods. ("Beauty and the Geek"). The series follows six wide receivers and six defensive backs as they vie for a place in the Cowboys' summer training camp, which could lead to a spot on the team.

The contestants will be overseen by guest judges, including former players, media personalities and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Irvin will be featured as on-air talent, helping mentor the players.

"What's so special is Michael Irvin is one of the most famous iconic football legends, and he came to us with this notion that's about wish-fulfillment," Spike senior vp original series Sharon Levy said. "Irvin will rain down on these candidates to make sure they are Dallas-worthy. There's not going to be an art department creating a candle snuffer — this is all about football."

Spike has ordered 10 one-hour episodes for a planned summer debut. The format is not dissimilar to the network's "Ultimate Fighter," in which contestants fight for a chance to join the UFC. Spike also has the sporty reality series "Pros. vs. Joes."

Todd Nelson and JD Roth of 3 Ball serve as executive producers along with Irvin.