Spike TV has signed up a reality project from Transformers producer Tom DeSanto as part of an orientation toward what it calls factual entertainment, according to Variety. Essentially, programming that might be seen on the History or Discovery Channel is put "through a Spike filter," according to nonscripted network executive Sharon Levy.
DeSanto is teaming with 44 Blue to produce Declassified, which will showcase dangerous special ops missions from U.S. history. The project will be developed alongside another series on the company's slate, Deadliest Warrior, which will examine feared killers throughout history.
Even with the historical aspect of some series, the network will use fast-pacing and other techniques to lure in its core young male demo; Deadliest Warrior, for instance, will feature large amounts of CGI.
Spike is also developing a more conventional reality series, hidden-camera show Caught in the Action, in which people stage faux action scenes and play jokes on unsuspecting friends.