Spike TV greenlights two docu-series

Shows center on scrap-metal workers, little person wrestlers

Spike TV has greenlit docu-series that examine the world of little person wrestling and Brooklyn scrap-metal workers.

In "Scrappers," a crew of competitors and friends hunt for the best crap in Brooklyn, recycling everything from old cars to building materials. Spike has ordered 10 episodes of the series from executive producer George Verschoor through his Hoosick Falls Prods. as well as exec producers Michael J. Weiss and Andy Weiss.

The second show, "Half Pint Brawlers," is a six-episode series following a chaotic traveling troupe of little person wrestlers that journey around the United States and is led by their gregarious owner, Puppet "The Psycho Dwarf."

The series is billed as a cross between "Jackass" and "Little People, Big World" and is executive produced by Darryl Silver, Stephen David, Duke Straub, Royal Malloy, Jeff Guerriero and Trip Taylor.

"The driving forces behind these new shows are the tremendous personalities of these very distinctive characters," said Sharon Levy, Spike TV's senior vice president original series. "We believe their authenticity and honesty will resonate with our young male audience."

"Half Pint" is currently shooting; "Scrappers" begins shooting in March.

On Friday, Spike TV also announced the network is teaming with Thom Beers ("Deadliest Catch") to develop the network's first entry in the late-night genre.

The program will be a "weekly half-hour series that will be a combination of talk and comedy with a focus on "manformation for the true guys' guy" and will have two hosts.

"This won't be your typical late-night series with typical celebrity chit-chat," Leve said. "This show will come with that distinctive and irreverent Spike voice and point of view our viewers have come to expect from us."

The network also ordered a third season of its series "1000 Ways to Die."