TITLE

'Fighter,' 'Samurai' punch up Spike sked

AUTHOR(S)
Martin, Denise
PUB. DATE
May 2005
SOURCE
Daily Variety;5/3/2005, Vol. 287 Issue 23, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that spurred by a staggering 44% jump in total viewership for the first quarter, Spike Co. is ordering up two more seasons and will expand reality television program "The Ultimate Fighter" into its own Saturday night franchise. Men's cabler has also greenlit the animated miniseries "Afro Samurai," executive produced by and featuring the voice of Samuel L. Jackson. In addition to renewing "The Ultimate Fighter," from producer Craig Piligian, through a third cycle, Spike has also acquired rights to all 53 "Ultimate Fighter Championship" pay-per-view events, which the network will cut to create 26 one-hour best-of shows.
ACCESSION #
16965552

 

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