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MXC's feud with Wipeout continues - VIDEO

by Erin Martell, posted Jul 10th 2008 8:42AM
MXCThe makers of MXC are not happy with the "creative" minds behind ABC's summer hit Wipeout. Spike initially called out the Wipeout folks in a press release announcing the MXC marathon, "MXC, The Original, Not The Ripoff, Weekend." Now Larry Strawther, MXC's executive producer, is upset with ABC and YouTube for removing a video that Strawther released in order to establish Wipeout's ripoff status.

The video in question is after the jump. Strawther has also accused YouTube of "[altering] the search results algorithm to benefit ABC and punish MXC." He's right; a search using the terms "MXC" and "Wipeout" leads you to videos showing motocross wipeouts. Strange.

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Spike to do MXC, the original, not the ripoff, this weekend

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 3rd 2008 8:10PM
MXC is not a ripoffSpike TV is calling this holiday weekend, "MXC, The Original, Not the Ripoff, Weekend." On July 5th and 6th the network will be paying homage to Spike's original series based on a Japanese game show. Wait, so doesn't that make Spike's show the ripoff of the Japanese show? Maybe not. MXC uses real footage from the reality game show Takeshi's Castle and creates a whole new comedic storyline.

Spike TV makes sure to point out that MXC is not dubbed or a literal translation of Takeshi's Castle. The show is written and voiced by the following actors: Victor Wilson, Christopher Ranga, Mary Scheer, and John Cervenka.

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Spike's new cop show

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 30th 2008 7:06PM
Spike TV logo Get more action Spike TV has a new cop show called Real Vice Cops Uncut. The show, which is taped in Memphis and Orlando, will rides along with real police officers involved in the world of narcotics, prostitution and gambling. It will be about undercover vice divisions and give audiences a taste of just how dangerous and unpredictable it is.

It sounds interesting, but I have to point out one thing. Isn't the mission compromised when the guy with the camera crew walks in? Just a thought.

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David Pasquesi: In the Limelight - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 28th 2008 2:09PM
David Pasquesi on Strangers with CandyNo, it's not Adrien Brody's snarky older brother. It's David Pasquesi, one of the stars of Spike TV's first original half-hour comedy, The Factory.

Looking at Pasquesi's IMDb page, he's done a fair amount of TV and film work, but the majority of his experience comes from both theater and improv. He currently does shows and occasionally teaches at Chicago's IO (Improv Olympic). Back in the day, he honed his improv chops under the tutelage of the legendary Del Close and was part of the class that developed The Harold. An improv geek's reaction to that would be "Holy crap!" and everyone else should be thinking, "Who's Harold?" Yeah, don't worry about it. If this interests you though, check out this great interview he did back in '06, all about his work in improv.

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Kill Bill reunion on Spike TV

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 20th 2008 6:06PM
Daryl HannahFor the first time since their roles in Kill Bill, David Carradine and Daryl Hannah will reunite for Kung Fu Killer. This two-part original movie miniseries is set to premiere on Spike TV this August. The movie is set in the late 1920s in China, before the Communist reign. Carradine will play White Crane, the orphaned son of Western missionaries who was raised by a monk to become a spiritual leader and master in martial arts.

In the first installment, White Crane will seek revenge on the mercenaries who raid his temple and murder his mentor. He infiltrates the Shanghai underworld. There he'll meet Jane Marshall, played by Daryl Hannah, a Brooklyn lounge singer who is in China on her own journey. She is trying to recover her kidnapped brother, held hostage by Kahn Xin, leader of the same mercenaries who ransacked White Crane's temple.

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Spike really wants you to give Factory a try - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Jun 17th 2008 11:02AM

Factory - SpikeWith our ever expanding channel lineups it is getting harder and harder for a new show, especially one tucked away on cable with no big name stars attached, to get noticed. Seeing a network release a show online before the premiere isn't new, but seeing one release a pilot on P2P networks with no DRM is a bit more original. And that is just what the folks over at Spike have done with their new show, Factory.

The network has made the show available on its website, at downloadable video stores like iTunes, and in working with the Jun group, on P2P networks. Although my first reaction at the mention of Limewire was surprise that people are still using Limewire, I do agree with their thinking behind the move. Todd Ames, marketing VP at Spike, said they went with the P2P as an acknowledgment of "what people are really doing, and the way consumers are really looking for content." He also notes that there are no plans to make any additional episodes available that way, but it's a step in the right direction that they are paying attention to the viewers.

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Spike gets its own comedy series

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 29th 2008 9:40AM
Mitch RouseSpike TV has ordered six episodes of Factory, a largely improvised comedy revolving around four small-town factory workers who'd rather do anything than work at their boring jobs, according to a Hollywood Reporter story. It will be the Guy Network's first original comedy series.

Set to premiere on June 29 at 10 p.m., Factory is directed, produced by, and stars Mitch Rouse (pictured), co-creator of Strangers With Candy, the short-lived TV series that ran from 1999-2000, as well as the 2005 prequel feature film by the same name.

Rouse has an interesting list of credits. In addition to numerous feature films, he played Dr. Ryan Gibson on According to Jim (come on, there must be someone out there who watches this show), Fireman #1 on Reno 911, and was a regular on Exit 57, a mid-1990s comedy-sketch show.

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More MANswers to come

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 13th 2007 2:03PM

MANswersHey, check it out! A show got renewed for another season. The Hollywood Reporter says Spike TV gave the go-ahead for another ten episode batch of its fun MANswers late-night series. The show answers those questions that men think about but that may not be socially acceptable to actually ask around real live people. Then through re-enactments, one-on-one interviews and other methods they find the answers. It's slickly produced and actually does answer some interesting questions, but I'm a guy. Maybe women think all the questions are stupid. They probably are. They're GUY questions!

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Feb 20th 2007 4:34PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can download the file directly (Quick time required). You can also subscribe to this podcast via our feed.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Feb 16th 2007 3:51PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can download the file directly (Quicktime required). You can also subscribe to this vodcast via our feed.


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Wild World of Spike coming in January

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 9th 2006 1:02PM

kit copeThis January, Spike TV will be airing Wild World of Spike, a kind of alternative sports comedy show that doesn't sound too far removed from the network's other wacky sports challenge series, MXC. Wild World of Spike will feature three hosts, Kit Cope, Sam Ellis and Sam Tripoli, who watch bizarre "sports" from around the world such as "mop jousting" and "dirt skiing," and then try to recreate the events themselves. The result, they hope, will be funny for the stoned college kids who will no doubt be the show's core audience. Personally, I'm wondering how long it took them to come up with the concept of watching something on television and then copying it. That's either ingenious or just incredibly lazy, I haven't quite figured out which. The series is being produced by the same folks behind The Princes of Malibu and Growing Up Gotti.

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Blade: Conclave (season finale)

by Michael Canfield, posted Sep 14th 2006 7:20AM
Jill Wagner as Krista in Blade: the series(S01E12) Blade, we hardly knew you. But we got to know Krista, Chase and Marcus pretty well. Some other folks too, but they're mostly dead. I mean dead dead, not just undead. I'm hard pressed to think of a series with a body count this high, but I had fun. In this, our final first-season installment, we still need to get the purebloods out of the way, so that Blade can battle Marcus just as nature intended.

Marcus, by the way, thinks Blade is playing right into his hands, and Shen tries to convince Blade that they have Marcus right where they want him thanks to Krista. Then, from that as a premise, spectacular (well, considering bugetary limitations, anyway) season-finale stuff happens.

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Blade: Hunters

by Michael Canfield, posted Aug 31st 2006 7:20AM
Blade: The Series(S01E10) First thing we learn this week is that there are clubs in Detroit where a vodka tonic still only cost an inflation-fighting four bucks. Secondly, if you frequent such clubs, be prepared to encounter masked super-villains who channel Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and collect teeth.

Krista gets locked up by Shen and Blade to detox from her sex and blood feast with Marcus last episode. This is a gruesome episode, with lots of dungeons, torture and references to historical sadists like Gilles de Rais. It fails to be very scary and this torture-fest made me impatient for them to bring back Richard Roundtree, or for at least some mention of all the other threads they've put on the back burner, if not dropped altogether. Where's Boone been lately?

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Blade: Angels and Demons

by Michael Canfield, posted Aug 24th 2006 8:45AM
Blade(S01E09) Krista goes off drinking out of grief for her mother (that cancer cure attempt really didn't work out all that well last week) leaving Krista more isolated than ever. Well, not quite solo, as visions of her dead relatives show up to haunt her. A friend of Shen's show up at the Bladecave and delivers a lot of exposition to bring us up to speed on the real goal of Marcus's Aurora experiments -- to wipe out the elitist purebloods.

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Blade: Turn of the Screw

by Michael Canfield, posted Aug 17th 2006 9:29AM
Kirk Jones as (S01E08) Turns out the purebloods aren't all child vampires anyway, as another one show up this week: Alex. He is played by Kavan Smith, who's now the hardest working man on cable original scifi television, as he also plays Major Lorne on Stargate Atlantis and Agent Garrity on The 4400.

So Alex the pureblood is a smoothie and way into Chase. He tries to buy Chase from Marcus -- for Chase's own good, of course. Marcus' is about as unpopular with other vampires as he is with Blade. Jessica Gower who plays Chase, shows Marcus -- and us -- her backside, just she we can be sure that she's totally healed from her near-ash experience in Berlin with Blade a few weeks ago.

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