Spike TV, the independent network that makes its name with lotsa wrestling (“Ultimate Fighter”), girlie shows and re-runs of “Star Trek,” is moving into the big leagues with a new TV series about the Irish mobs, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The network, which is supposedly targeting 18-to-34-year-old guy’s guys, has ordered a two-hour drama pilot from executive producers Dana White and Tom Lynch that will be directed by feature director Walter Hill.
The untitled project, from MGM Television Entertainment, centers on the explosive fallout when a Boston mob boss vacates his position and rival factions face off in a battle to control the streets.
It will be the first scripted project for White, who serves as UFC president and, whaddya know, hosts Spike’s series “The Ultimate Fighter.”
White, who lived in Boston for 10 years, said he came up with the idea about three years ago and brought Chris Bertolini (“The General’s Daughter”) on board to write the script. The duo connected through their mutual reps at Endeavor.
White added that the project is a good fit for Spike. “I know who I’m catering to, and that’s 18-to-34 year-old males who are the ones watching Spike TV,” he said. “We’re going to push the limits on this show, like ‘Nip/Tuck’ and ‘The Shield’ — violence, sex, bad language. We’re going to see how big Spike’s balls are on this one.”