Spike TV Puts a Stake Into Scripted TV With June 28th Premiere of 'Blade: The Series' Based on Marvel's Renowned Super Hero
New Weekly Action-Adventure/Drama Stars Kirk 'Sticky' Jones as Blade
Based on Marvel Super Hero, Produced by New Line Television, Executive
Produced by David Goyer
NEW YORK, May 16 -- "Blade: The Series," Spike TV's first
original scripted action-adventure/drama fare, premieres on Wednesday, June
28 (10 PM - midnight, ET/PT) with Kirk "Sticky" Jones in the title role of
Marvel's immortal half-man, half-vampire who uses his superhuman powers and
skills to fearlessly battles the demonic creatures of the night in a blood-
drenched crusade to prevent their rise over mankind.
"Blade: The Series" maintains the continuity from New Line
Cinema/Marvel Studio's highly successful movie trilogy, but brings the main
character into new storylines and characters. The two-hour premiere opens
with Blade (Jones) setting up shop in Detroit, investigating the vampire
House of Chthon. Along the way, he forms an uneasy alliance with Krista
Starr (Jill Wagner), a former military veteran who becomes entrenched in
the world of vampires while investigating the murder of her twin brother.
In addition to Jones and Wagner, the series also features Neil Jackson
as "Marcus," Blade's chief nemesis and head of the Chthon House; Jessica
Gower as "Chase," a seductive vampire who is devoted to Marcus; and Nelson
Lee as Shen, a technology genius and Blade's confidante.
Acclaimed screenwriter David Goyer ("Blade" trilogy and "Batman
Begins") and popular comic book writer Geoff Johns serve as Executive
Producer and Producer of the series, respectively. David Simkins serves as
Executive Producer. Peter O'Fallon ("Suicide Kings," "American Gothic")
directed the premiere episode.
The weekly series launches with the two-hour premiere on June 28,
(10:00 PM - Midnight, ET/PT) with 11 one-hour subsequent episodes to begin
airing Wednesday, July 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), encore presentations of
the series will telecast on Wednesdays (11:00 PM, ET/PT), Sundays (2:00 AM,
ET/PT), and Mondays (10:00 PM, ET/PT).
Bill McGoldrick, Vice President, Original Programming and Lisa Ullmann,
Director of Original Programming, are executives in charge of production at
Spike TV. Jim Rosenthal and Jon Kroll of New Line Television, Avi Arad,
Chairman and CEO of Marvel Studios, Ari Arad, Executive Vice President,
Marvel Studios, David Goyer (Blade films, Batman Begins), David Simkins
(Charmed, Roswell, Dark Angel), serve as executive producers.
New Line Television is a division of New Line Cinema (http://www.newline.com),
the most successful independent film company in the world. The division
develops, produces and distributes TV projects for the broadcast networks,
cable and first-run syndication, as well as distributes New Line feature
films across the television landscape. In addition to the production,
marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures, New Line Cinema
has divisions devoted to home entertainment, music, theater, merchandising
and international. A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line's
Oscar-winning "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is one of the most successful
film franchises in history. New Line is a division of Time Warner, Inc.
With a library of over 5,000 characters, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is
one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies.
Marvel's operations are focused on utilizing its character franchises in
licensing, entertainment, publishing and toys. Areas of emphasis include
feature films, DVD/home video, consumer products, video games, action
figures and role-playing toys, television and promotions. Rooted in the
creative success of over sixty years of comic book publishing, Marvel's
strategy is to leverage its character franchises in a growing array of
opportunities around the world. More information about Marvel can be found
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of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one
of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media
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