Spike will follow DEA agents for new series

Spike will take cameras inside the Drug Enforcement Agency with a new unscripted series called DEA, which will debut this spring and is being produced by Al Roker Entertainment, the NBC weather guy’s production company.

The show “will give viewers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the organization,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, as “[p]roducers were given access to follow a group of special agents and task force officers in the DEA’s Detroit division as they regularly put their lives at risk to work on illegal drug cases, involving everyone from street-level dealers to international drug traffickers.”

One member of the DEA, Special Agent Mary Irene Cooper, told the paper, “Nothing else I’ve seen captures the day-to-day experiences of drug law enforcement work like this. You see the thrills, you see the anticipation, you see the chase, you see the reality.”

Spike goes undercover with ‘DEA’ [Hollywood Reporter]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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