Much talk has been circling Kevin Smith these days, especially now that his new film Red State is available to everyone (well, everyone in the U.S. for now) on VOD. And in addition to Red State, the man has successfully built his very own internet radio station (S.I.R.) and put two TV pilots into production, and today we get an update on at least one of them.
Back in June it was announced that AMC had commissioned a “presentation” for a Pawn Stars style reality series set within Smith’s N.J. based comic book shop, Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. The series was set to star Smith’s longtime friends Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson and would feature the day-to-day lives of the two (in addition to the other employees of the Stash) as they ran the shop.
Today it was announced that AMC has indeed green lit the series, Secret Stash. The first season will consist of six episodes (as per usual with most AMC programming) and will begin airing in the first quarter of 2012. There is no word yet on what day or time the series will air, but if one were to make a safe assumption, it will most likely air on Sunday (which is the only night thus far that AMC has ever aired original programming) nights along with the returning Mad Men. Of course, it’s just as likely that AMC will want to create some competition for the likes of The History Channel or A&E with their respective similar type shows, Pawn Stars and Storage Wars.
I had no doubt that this series would get an order for season one, it’s a smart play even if it doesn’t succeed in the ratings because of the potential money that can be made off the first few episodes from Smith’s audience alone. So from that perspective, AMC has indeed made the right call… [Deadline Newark]