Bad tattoos, aspiring bounty hunters, and the hunt for 40 pound rats…yes, shows featuring all of these things are coming to your television, courtesy of Spike TV. The network’s acquired the three non-scripted series, although they haven’t yet announced when we’ll be able to laugh at other people’s bad choices in body art, be grossed out by huge rats on the loose in Louisiana, or go along for the ride with amateur bounty hunters tracking down real criminals.
“These three new non-scripted shows share a theme of larger-than-life characters in extreme situations where the high stakes are real,” states Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. “They are perfect complements to our upcoming launches of Big Easy Justice, American Digger, and Diamond Divers, which have similar distinctive characters.”
Full Bounty (10 Episodes)
In this unique reality competition series, 12 aspiring bounty hunters attempt to hunt down real criminals who are running from the law in an effort to win the actual bounty. Each competitor will be doing this for the first time in their lives with the aid of law enforcement supervisors. The contestant that tracks down and apprehends the most fugitives will win and advance while others will be eliminated in each episode. The overall winner of the show will win a position with a prominent bail bond and fugitive recovery agency. The stakes couldn’t be higher for each contestant as they risk their lives to rid the streets of potentially dangerous criminals, and live out the dream of becoming an actual bounty hunter. The series is created by Barry Poznick and John Stevens of Zoo Productions, an All3 media company.
Tattoo Nightmares (6 Episodes)
Real people with really bad tattoos seek the help of some of the best cover-up artists in the business to fix them. The tattoos range from hilarious to downright disturbing, with reenactments that will show how these people wound up with their awful, ugly and embarrassing ink. The contestants will go under the needle of top tattoo artists to see if they can work a miracle and cover someone else’s mistake. Tattoo Nightmares is created by Sally Ann Salsano (Jersey Shore) and 495 Productions.
Rat Bastards (6 Episodes)
An invasive species of giant swamp rats are ravaging America’s Southern wetlands and are especially dangerous to the tenuous ecological system of the Mississippi delta region. This non-scripted series follows a pack of industrious guys dubbed the “Cajun Commandoes” in Louisiana who hunt these elusive 40-pound menaces both to sell and to eat. These determined rat hunters compete over a limited four month window to earn big bucks by capturing these loathsome pests for a bounty. The series is co-created by Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert of Studio Lambert and Royal Malloy, Duke Straub and Colt Straub of American Chainsaw.
Source: Spike TV – January 31, 2012