Kevin Smith’s comics shop will be the subject of an AMC reality series

AMC has ordered a reality TV series called Secret Stash that is set at director Kevin Smith’s comic shop and will debut early next year. The show, produced by Miami Ink producers Original Media, will “document the daily banter of The Secret Stash and it’s employees and devoted customers; and it will capture the fun and emotion of buying and selling collectibles and comic memorabilia that happens in comic book stores all across the country and in mega-venues like Comic-Con,” according to AMC.

In a press release statement, Smith said, “Draper. Meth. Zombies. This show couldn’t be on a better network. AMC is to television what Miramax was to cinema back when I first got in the game: they’re the premier destination for any story-teller looking to spin an offbeat yarn that no other outlet has the stones to touch. And as if I didn’t love them enough, now they’re putting my friends on TV! I’m ecstatic, proud, and extremely lucky to be in bed with a network I watch religiously anyway.”

Executive producer Charlie Corwin said, “Kevin and I developed this series to create a story for fanboys by fanboyism and we are determined to reveal to audiences the insular yet colorful fanboy world.”

The network has also greenlit another reality series, JKK Security, which it calls “a Southern gothic workplace dramedy” and says “celebrates the slightly off-kilter characters who work at a small, family-owned private security company located in rural Georgia — a one-stop shop for services that range from private investigations to personal protection to neighborhood patrols.” It debuts in the third quarter next year.

There was no word from the network, which has been dealing publicly with a lot of drama regarding its dramas, about what’s happening with its previously announced unscripted Mad Men and Department of Homeland Security reality shows.

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