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SpikeTV's 'Back Nine' to Feature Sex Addict Named ... Tiger

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 18th 2010 10:45AM
Since his headline-grabbing tabloid sex scandal rocked the golf world last year, Tiger Woods has been at the center of a media firestorm, with questions about his marital infidelity dogging his every step. Now, as he prepares to face the press for the first time tomorrow, questions are surfacing from an unlikely source: SpikeTV.

That's because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the testosterone-fueled network has given the green light to 'Back Nine,' a new pilot revolving around the antics of a washed-up former golf champion who tours the country trying to work his way back into the big time. It's not the main character raising eyebrows, though, but rather his sidekick, a "sex-addicted longtime caddy" who happens to be named Tiger.Since his headline-grabbing tabloid sex scandal rocked the golf world last year, Tiger Woods has been at the center of a media firestorm, with questions about his marital infidelity dogging his every step. Now, as he prepares to face the press for the first time tomorrow, questions are surfacing from an unlikely source: SpikeTV.

That's because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the testosterone-fueled network has given the green light to 'Back Nine,' a new pilot revolving around the antics of a washed-up former golf champion who tours the country trying to work his way back into the big time. It's not the main character raising eyebrows, though, but rather his sidekick, a "sex-addicted longtime caddy" who happens to be named Tiger.

Interestingly, the script, which was ordered by SpikeTV over a year before the Woods scandal broke, included this character from the beginning, begging the question: Is this life imitating art? Or did the writers of 'Back Nine' have some inside information? After all, in the world of golf, there's only one Tiger, which would seem to make this choice of names deliberate rather than an unlikely coincidence.

Whatever the case, those writers -- '17 Again's' Jason Filardi and 'Accepted's' Mark Perez -- aren't talking about the character, which is still being cast ('Black Dynamite's' Miguel Nunez is currently in talks to portray the horny caddy). Already on board to play the lead, however, is one-time 'Dukes of Hazzard' hunk and former country singing sensation John Schneider, who has been busy recently with recurring stints on '90210' and 'Nip/Tuck,' among other shows.

Whether or not Schneider regains his leading man swing in time to ace 'Back Nine' remains to be seen. One thing's for sure, though: If this TV Tiger is anything like the real one, SpikeTV should see record ratings just from the paparazzi alone.

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