Spike TV has acquired a pair of drama pilots that put the men's network in business with TV veterans Frank Spotnitz and Vince Gilligan and feature film screenwriter James DeMonaco, says Variety .

The cable network is in final negotiations to greenlight production on Spotnitz and Gilligan's Amped, an event series about a mysterious epidemic that hits Los Angeles, and DeMonaco's The Kill Pit, about a bank heist gone awry, chronicled in real time.

Spike first foray into original drama programming will begin this summer with the vampire series Blade, David Goyer's small-screen adaptation of the feature trilogy. The first of the 13 hours premieres in June.

Spotnitz and Gilligan previously served as exec producers on The X-Files. DeMonaco wrote the screenplay for the movies The Negotiator and last year's Assault on Precinct 13.