Spike TV has picked up three new original non-scripted series that furthers the network's mission to create broader-appealing shows with real stakes involved. Spike has ordered 10 episodes of "Full Bounty," a reality competition series featuring 12 aspiring bounty hunters who risk life and limb to chase down actual fugitives; six episodes of "Tattoo Nightmares," a show chronicling people's often-hilarious horror stories behind their awful tattoos and their attempt to have them fixed; and six episodes of "Rat Bastards," a series following the adventures of a group of guys in Louisiana who hunt down a nasty invasive species of giant swamp rats that wreak havoc on the Mississippi wetlands.
Spike TV has also ordered 13 new episodes of the popular series, "World's Wildest Police Videos," which formerly aired on FOX, and announced plans to air a two-part special, "Urban Jungle Man."
Premiere dates and times for the new series will be announced shortly.
"These three new non-scripted shows share a theme of larger-than-life characters in extreme situations where the high stakes are real," said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. "They are perfect complements to our upcoming launches of "Big Easy Justice," "American Digger" and "Diamond Divers," which have similar distinctive characters."
"Full Bounty" - In this unique reality competition series, 12 aspiring bounty hunters attempt to hunt down real criminals who are running from the law in an effort to win the actual bounty. Each competitor will be doing this for the first time in their lives with the aid of law enforcement supervisors. The contestant that tracks down and apprehends the most fugitives will win and advance while others will be eliminated in each episode. The overall winner of the show will win a position with a prominent bail bond and fugitive recovery agency. The stakes couldn't be higher for each contestant as they risk their lives to rid the streets of potentially dangerous criminals, and live out the dream of becoming an actual bounty hunter. The series is created by Barry Poznick and John Stevens of Zoo Productions, an All3 media company.
"Tattoo Nightmares" - Real people with really bad tattoos seek the help of some of the best cover-up artists in the business to fix them. The tattoos range from hilarious to downright disturbing, with reenactments that will show how these people wound up with their awful, ugly and embarrassing ink. The contestants will go under the needle of top tattoo artists to see if they can work a miracle and cover someone else's mistake. "Tattoo Nightmares" is created by Sally Ann Salsano ("Jersey Shore") and 495 Productions.