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Spike unveils development slate

3 May 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the economy in the tank, Spike TV is developing several comedy projects that find pathos and humor in underachievement.

The network has five new half-hours in the works to bulk up its fledgling scripted slate (along with an equal number of unscripted projects). The new half-hours feature struggling men wanting more out of life -- or to just slack off.

"From a comedy perspective, rooting for the underdog always works," said Kevin Kay, Spike TV president.

The projects also tackle several settings that have proven to be comedic fodder in the past. There are pilots set in the world of golf, the military and at a casino, to cite a few.

The network hopes to pick up two of the projects to series, one as a companion to its first comedy series, "Blue Mountain State," which was renewed for a second season in February.

"It's the most ambitious slate we've had, »

- By James Hibberd

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