Cable Network Appears to Be Getting Out of the Scripted Business

Aug 30, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Scripted development has been put on hold at one cable network, with executives telling agents over the past few weeks that the network — Spike — is getting out of the scripted business, reports Deadline.com.

One of Spike’s two executives for scripted programming, Laurence Sullivan, has left to join Conan O’Brien’s Conaco production company, the story notes. Spike last announced a scripted development slate back in October 2010, with one of the projects — "Thunderballs" — going to pilot but not yet picked up to series.

Spike recently picked up four new series, but all four are in the reality genre. The channel has done well in the genre, including enjoying a current hit with “Auction Hunters.”

Dustin Davis remains as Spike’s only exec for scripted, and oversees the network’s only current scripted show, “Blue Mountain State.” He does have an existing development slate, including a series about a New York bomb squad.

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