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AMC Orders Kevin Smith's Comic Book Store Reality Show & 'JJK Security' to Series

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2011 2:15PM
Kevin SmithWhat do you do when you have one mega-successful TV series based on a comic series? Launch a reality show about a comic shop and fanboy culture!

AMC announced 'Secret Stash,' an unscripted six-episode series set in Kevin Smith's New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash.

"Draper. Meth. Zombies. This show couldn't be on a better network. AMC is to television what Miramax was to cinema back when I first got in the game: they're the premier destination for any story-teller looking to spin an offbeat yarn that no other outlet has the stones to touch," Smith said in a statement. "And as if I didn't love them enough, now they're putting my friends on TV! I'm ecstatic, proud, and extremely lucky to be in bed with a network I watch religiously anyway. And if they'd pushed just a little harder in the negotiations, I'd have done this show for no payment beyond early access to every episode of 'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Walking Dead.'"

"The comic book store is, in many ways, the corner bar for comic book fans. It is still this place where everybody knows your name, and you can go and geek out with like minded people. If I lived closer, I'd want to hang out at here. It's got great energy, great personality, and is a perfect portal into the world of comic book culture," Joel Stillerman, senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content at AMC, said in a statement.

Here's how AMC describes the new series:

"The Secret Stash is a one hour series that captures the world of the local comic book store. Way before comic book culture went mainstream, the comic store has not only been a place for people to buy, sell, or trade for cool stuff; but also to hang out and be part of a community that just loves comics. Secret Stash will capture both of these aspects of comic store life. It will document the daily banter of The Secret Stash and it's employees and devoted customers; and it will capture the fun and emotion of buying and selling collectibles and comic memorabilia that happens in comic book stores all across the country and in mega-venues like Comic-Con."

The show is set to debut in early 2012.

Also getting the greenlight from AMC is 'JJK Security,' an unscripted series about a family-owned private security company in rural Georgia. The show is scheduled for a mid/late 2012 launch with eight half-hour episodes.

Here's how AMC describes the show:

"JJK Security is a Southern gothic workplace dramedy -- a wry and quirky take on the inner workings of our cast as they run their security business. The owners and employees at JJK are as different as night and day - but they each share a certain peculiarity and an appreciation for one another's differences that binds them together, like an extended family. Each episode is framed around an ongoing investigation, a security assignment, training a new recruit, etc -- the nuts-and-bolts work of a private security firm. But below the surface is an incredibly compelling character based story."

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