or


[08/03/09 - 12:04 PM]
TruTV Greenlights Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura and Two Additional Projects from A. Smith & CO. Productions
FULL THROTTLE and SURPRISE INSPECTION are also on tap from A. Smith & Co.

[via press release from truTV]

truTV Greenlights CONSPIRACY THEORY WITH JESSE VENTURA and Two Additional Projects from A. Smith & Co. Productions

Series Featuring Former Navy SEAL, Wrestler and Minnesota Governor to Premiere in Late 2009

Two Other Projects Being Developed with A. Smith & Co. are FULL THROTTLE and SURPRISE INSPECTION

truTV has ordered seven episodes of the series CONSPIRACY THEORY WITH JESSE VENTURA, one of three shows produced for the network by A. Smith & Co. Productions (Hell's Kitchen, Crash Course, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, Kitchen Nightmares). The other two projects are the four-part series FULL THROTTLE and two-part project SURPRISE INSPECTION. CONSPIRACY THEORY WITH JESSE VENTURA is slated to premiere on truTV in late 2009, while the other two shows are slated for the network in 2010. All three projects will be executive produced by A. Smith & Co. founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed as well as A. Smith's Frank Sinton.

"We received a very positive response when we showed a preview of CONSPIRACY THEORY WITH JESSE VENTURA at this year's advertising upfront presentation, so it's very exciting to be able to greenlight it for a full series," said Marc Juris, executive vice president and general manager of truTV/IN SESSION. "We're also looking forward to working with the folks at A. Smith on FULL THROTTLE and SURPRISE INSPECTION as we continue to build the truTV brand through compelling original programming."

"With today's announcement that we are bringing SURPRISE INSPECTION to truTV, we are now producing three powerful series for this compelling network," stated Smith. "Each of our shows depict high-stakes action and fascinating characters that we are certain will grab the audience's attention. We look forward to kicking off our truTV relationship with CONSPIRACY THEORY WITH JESSE VENTURA, and there is no one better than Jesse Ventura to host a show dedicated to revealing the truth no matter how dangerous."

The following are descriptions of the three projects:

CONSPIRACY THEORY WITH JESSE VENTURA � He's undertaken some of the most dangerous missions in the world as a Navy SEAL. He's body-slammed giants in the wrestling ring as a WWE superstar. He's even conquered politics as the governor of Minnesota. Now, Jesse Ventura is about to face his greatest challenge yet: uncovering the most compelling plots and schemes.

FULL THROTTLE SALOON � This series will provide an inside look at the world's largest biker bar, Mike Ballard's Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, S.D. The enormous indoor/outdoor bar has two large stages, its own campground and cabins, a burn-out area, a tattoo parlor and a sprawling dance floor. The Throttle is only open two weeks each year during the infamous Sturgis Biker Rally. To end up in the black, Mike and his team have to pull in a year's worth of receipts in these two wild weeks. He gambles that the country's most beautiful bartenders and biggest music acts will bring in the thousands of patrons he needs to make his number. But the recession may keep the bikers home this year. There's no telling if the weather is going to affect Sturgis attendance. And Mike is worried the big act he's bringing in � Korn � might not live up to expectations. All these gambles pile the stress on the team, but they must hold it all together for two weeks, or the Full Throttle Saloon could go bust.

SURPRISE INSPECTION � Rats. Roaches. Rotten food. Irate owners. It's all in a day's work for the army of public health inspectors, who spend each day keeping the nation's food supply safe from contamination and disease. truTV's cameras will follow inspectors in Providence, R.I., as they shine their flashlights into the darkest corners of some of the city's dirtiest places, including restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, gas stations, stadium concession stands, public swimming pools and health clubs. This show will be a compelling, fast-paced glimpse into the world of those who do their best to keep public places clean and safe.

Founded by Arthur Smith and Kent Weed in 2000, A. Smith & Co. Productions generates some of the most innovative, highly-rated and high quality unscripted programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. Since its launch the company has created over 600 hours of programming and developed and produced the number one show in America an astonishing 12 times and a top 5 show over 50 times. The company's current production slate includes the Emmy� nominated hit show Hell's Kitchen as well as Kitchen Nightmares with Chef Gordon Ramsay; I Survived a Japanese Game Show; Crash Course; the critically acclaimed documentary series American Gangster; UFC Countdown; and Pros vs. Joes 4: All-Stars. A Smith & Co.'s highly rated programming and executive team have been nominated for several awards including a DGA Award, a NAACP Image Award and a Rose d'Or of which they won two in 2009 for I Survived a Japanese Game Show.

truTV is television's destination for real-life stories told from an exciting and dramatic first-person perspective. Currently seen in 91 million U.S. households, the 17-year-old network enjoyed its best deliveries ever in key demographics in 2008. truTV features high-stakes, action-packed originals that give viewers access to places and situations they can't normally experience. truTV's primetime fan favorites include the original series The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest�, Black Gold, Speeders, Forensic Files and Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice. During the daytime, the channel features expert trial coverage under the name IN SESSION.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.





  [august 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· CONSPIRACY THEORY WITH JESSE VENTURA (TRUTV)
· FULL THROTTLE SALOON (DA)
· SURPRISE INSPECTION (TRUTV)





[10/18/17 - 04:46 PM]
CBS Renews Summer Thriller "Salvation" for Season Two
The series stars Santiago Cabrera, Jennifer Finnigan, Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Rachel Drance and Ian Anthony Dale.

[10/18/17 - 02:00 PM]
"Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson" Airs Sunday, October 22, on FOX
The one-hour special celebrates the legendary episode "Homer at the Bat," in addition to Homer Simpson's induction into The National Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year.

[10/18/17 - 12:19 PM]
Nat Geo WILD's "Savage Kingdom: Uprising" Continues to Push the Boundaries of Wildlife Storytelling
Emmy-nominated actor Charles Dance returns to narrate Savage Kingdom: Uprising, a rare look at warring animal clans battling for survival in a remote region of Africa that is drying up after years of flood-soaked abundance.

[10/18/17 - 11:57 AM]
Video: Josie and the Pussycats Make a Fur-ocious Return to Season Two of "Riverdale" with a New Rendition of "Milkshake" by Kelis
As the gang gathers for "Retro Night," the Pussycats perform a rendition of the song "Milkshake" by Kelis while a packed crowd looks on.

[10/18/17 - 11:44 AM]
Lifetime and NeueHouse Madison Square Women's Forum Partner on Luminaries Screening and Conversation Series
The "Luminaries" screening series will be made available to NeueHouse members, followed by a moderated conversation featuring some of the film's stars and creative teams.

[10/18/17 - 11:01 AM]
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network to Air "Queen Sugar" Finale After-Show Special Hosted by Oprah Winfrey Wednesday, November 15
Hosted by Oprah Winfrey, who is also an executive producer on the popular drama, the after-show special will feature exclusive interviews with DuVernay, the ensemble cast and an audience of fans.

[10/18/17 - 10:50 AM]
Velocity Partners with The National Compassion Fund Las Vegas to Support Las Vegas Victims at Velocity's "Barrett-Jackson Live"
Throughout the 21 hours of live coverage, Velocity will offer a Text-To-Donate initiative inviting viewers to text VEGAS to 707070 to support The National Compassion Fund Las Vegas.

[10/18/17 - 10:30 AM]
Tony Award Winner Jane Krakowski and Emmy Award Nominee Chris Diamantopoulos Join Cast of FOX's Live Musical Event, "A Christmas Story Live!," Airing Sunday, December 17, on FOX
Krakowski will play "Miss Shields," the teacher of nine-year-old "Ralphie Parker"; and Diamantopoulos will portray "Ralphie's" dad.

[10/18/17 - 10:21 AM]
Showtime(R) to Premiere New Drama Series "The Chi" on Sunday, January 7 at 10 PM ET/PT
The series explores the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago.

[10/18/17 - 10:03 AM]
Alicia Keys Makes Her Triumphant Return as 15-Time Grammy Award Winner Reclaims a Red Chair on Season 14 of "The Voice"
Keys will be joined by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, who will be making her coaching debut on "The Voice."

[10/18/17 - 09:38 AM]
E!'s Long-Running Comedy Franchise "Fashion Police" Hands Out Its Last Violation as Series Finale Special Airs Monday, November 27 at 8:00PM ET/PT
Over the past 20 years, the show has welcomed some of the most notable celebrities from the worlds of fashion, entertainment and sports.

[10/18/17 - 09:32 AM]
Video: Andy Samberg, Judy Greer and More Join "Lady Dynamite" - See the All-New Trailer for Season 2!
This season finds our precious Maria embarking on her greatest adventure ever - love.

[10/18/17 - 08:45 AM]
Freeform Commits to "Alone Together," Greenlights Second Season Ahead of January 10 Series Premiere
"'Alone Together' is easily the best show ever made," said The Lonely Island's Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. "If you don't watch it, you're a fool. There are 4 million shows on TV, but this is the only one worth watching."

[10/18/17 - 08:13 AM]
First Performers Announced for "The 51st Annual CMA Awards," Airing Wednesday, November 8, on the ABC Television Network
Fans will enjoy special performances by CMA Awards nominees Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and Underwood.

[10/18/17 - 08:11 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "This Is Us" Keeps NBC on Top
The Peacock's top drama is up year-to-year among adults 18-49.