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Spike TV is making good on its push to re-enter the scripted business.
The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out a 10-episode series order to drama Harvest, from exec producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
The drama, originally set up at A&E before it was moved to Spike in April, marks Spike’s first scripted drama series in nine years. The pickup comes as the cabler has been actively developing scripted dramas and on the heels of its successful miniseries Tut.
Harvest hails from Warner Horizon Television — Spike’s first pact with a major studio — and was written by Ian Sobel and Matt Morgan (12 Monkeys). The drama centers on a father working two jobs to support his teen daughter. By day he’s a cemetery caretaker and he attends nursing school at night. However, when his own estranged father tracks him down and threatens to expose a secret, he’s compelled to partner with him in a black-market tissue and body parts trade.
Bruckheimer and his Jerry Bruckheimer TV topper Jonathan Littman executive produce alongside Sobel, Morgan and the company’s KristieAnne Reed, who is set as a co-EP. The drama debuts in 2016.
“We are thrilled to partner with the incredibly creative and innovative visionary Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television for our first scripted dramatic series in almost a decade,” said Sharon Levy, exec vp original series at Spike TV. “We are confident that Harvest will build off the success of Tut which delivered strong ratings and new viewers to the channel.”
“It is very exciting to have the opportunity to be the first scripted series on Spike,” Bruckheimer said. “This network is the perfect place to push the envelope with edgy characters and unique material. Sharon Levy and her team have supported and nurtured this great concept.”
Meanwhile, Spike’s slate also includes Bad Medicine, Hummel & Howe, Mr. In Between, Secret America, World War III, When the Levee Breaks, The Crusaders, Deep Web, The Chairman, Red Mars, Emergency Broadcast and War at the Shore, among others.
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