Saturday, January 24, 2009

Spike TV playing ball with Irvin

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Former National Football League star Michael Irvin has created a Spike TV reality series in which NFL hopefuls compete for a chance to join the Dallas Cowboys.

The untitled series follows six wide receivers and six defensive backs as they vie for a place in the Cowboys' summer training camp, which could lead to a spot on the team.

The contestants will be overseen by guest judges, including former players, media personalities and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Irvin, a onetime broadcaster for ESPN, will be featured in the show, mentoring the players.

The project pairs the Hall of Fame receiver's Playmaker Prods. with reality veterans 3 Ball Prods. ("Beauty and the Geek").

"What's so special is Michael Irvin is one of the most famous iconic football legends, and he came to us with this notion that's about wish-fulfillment," Spike senior vice president original series Sharon Levy said.

Spike has ordered 10 one-hour episodes for a planned summer debut. The format is not dissimilar to the network's popular "Ultimate Fighter," in which contestants fight for a chance to join the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Spike also has the sports reality series "Pros vs. Joes."

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