Spike TV has struggled to make an impact in the television market beyond the occasional reality TV drama or comedy. Starting in 2007 Spike launched their scripted experiment with The Kill Point, an "event" drama designed to get people talking and create buzz. Then in 2010 Spike decided to start work on Blue Mountain State, a scripted comedy show that is now into its fourth season and rumored to have a movie forthcoming. Despite lackluster reviews for the show, Spike saw viewership rise and in key demographics advertisers drool over. So it shouldn't come as a shock that Spike is now looking into adding more scripted shows and "event" dramas.
Some of the new shows slated have some decent talent behind them. Hit Men, a show looking into how the mafia heavily influenced music in the 1970's, will boast writer/producer, from Sons of Anarchy, Chris Collins and Leslie Greif, executive producer on Hatfields and McCoys.
It will be nice to see Spike try a little harder to produce some good television even if it does have that Spike TV flavor. I'll take new and interesting shows over new and uninteresting reality shows. Check out the list of the other shows Spike is offering here.