Spike has renewal, spinoff to 'Die' for


Spike TV has renewed "1000 Ways to Die" and "MANswers" and is expanding the "Die" franchise with spinoff "1000 Ways to Lie."

The late-night trivia show "MANswers" has been picked up for 10 episodes, and the 13-episode order for "Die," from Thom Beers' Original Prods., includes a pilot for "Lie."

Just like "Die," which re- creates some of the most outlandish ways people have died, "Lie" will showcase some of the most outrageous lies ever told in a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek manner.

Beers pitched the title of the spinoff to Sharon Levy, Spike's senior vp original programming, and she was sold. "Thom's got his finger so firmly on the pulse of our core audience," she said.

"Die" and "MANswers," whose renewals Levy called "a no-brainer" based on their strong performance on TV and online, will air in a block next season, she said. (They have run on different nights, Sunday ("Die") and Tuesday ("MANswers")

The first season of "Die" averaged 1.5 million viewers, hitting a series high with the season finale (1.8 million), and was the most-watched video content on Spike.com in February.

The second season of "MANswers" tallied 925,000 viewers and consistently ranked as the most-viewed original show on Spike.com, drawing 1.5 million page views.

"Die is exec produced by Beers and Philip Segal. "MANswers" is exec produced by Fujisankei Communications International's Akifumi Takuma and Michael Schelp, Super Delicious' Adam Cohen, Cara Tapper and Joanna Vernetti, and Michael J. Miller.