'Fighter,' 'Samurai' punch up Spike sked

Martin, Denise
May 2005
Daily Variety;5/3/2005, Vol. 287 Issue 23, p3
Trade Publication
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.


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