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Harris to host Video Game Awards show

New York -- U.S. actor Neil Patrick Harris has been tapped to serve as host of Spike TV's 2010 Video Game Awards.

"Neil is a big gamer and a brilliant host," Casey Patterson, the event's executive producer, said in a statement Monday. "Video games are taking over the world and Neil is perfect to lead the 'VGAs' in celebrating the best of the year and the future of gaming."

Spike orders more 'Auction Hunters'

New York -- Spike TV says it has ordered a 20-episode second season of its U.S. reality series "Auction Hunters."

The order is the largest for a second season of an original series in Spike's history, the cable network said Wednesday.

The announcement was made by Sharon Levy, Spike TV's executive vice president of original series and animation.

The first season consists of eight episodes with the season finale set to air Dec. 21. No date has been announced for the start of the new season.

"Auction Hunters" explores the cutthroat world of storage-unit auctions with two of the best prospectors in the business, Clinton "Ton" Jones and Allen Haff, Spike said in a synopsis of the show.

Spike TV to honor 'GoodFellas'

New York -- Spike TV says it plans to honor the mob movie classic "GoodFellas" at its upcoming Guys Choice awards ceremony in Culver City, Calif.

The channel said it will induct the popular 1990 film into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame during the fourth annual Guys Choice prize presentation Saturday.

The flick's stars, Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, are also expected to reunite on stage to be recognized. This appearance marks the first time the Hollywood heavyweights will come together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Academy Award-nominated "GoodFellas," Spike TV said.

Spike TV to honor Sylvester Stallone

New York -- Spike TV says it plans to honor action hero Sylvester Stallone at its upcoming Guys Choice Awards ceremony in Culver City, Calif.

"Sylvester Stallone is a true legendary film icon for our audience of guys. He's given us characters like Rocky, Rambo and so many more; he has created some of the most heroic and beloved cinematic characters of all time and we're thrilled to be honoring him on Guys Choice," Casey Patterson, senior vice president of event production, talent development and studio relations at Spike TV, said in a statement Thursday.

Spike TV to honor Chris Rock

New York -- Spike TV says it plans to honor comedy star Chris Rock at its upcoming awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

The 4th annual Guys Choice Awards show is to tape June 5 at Sony Pictures Studios, ahead of a scheduled June 20 broadcast.

"The 2-hour event pays homage to the things guys love most -- superstar athletes, the ladies we love, hilarious comedic performances and legendary rockers," the network said in a news release.

Spike TV orders more 'Blue Mountain'

New York -- The U.S. network Spike TV says it has picked up a second season of its first original scripted comedy series, "Blue Mountain State."

Kevin Kay, Spike TV's president, said the second season will include 13 episodes.

The show follows "the on- and off-field antics of incoming freshmen as they learn to adapt to life at the fictional college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State," the network said in a news release.

It stars Romanski, Ed Marinaro, Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson and Gabrielle Dennis.

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Spike TV to honor Keith Richards

New York -- Spike TV says it plans to honor rock 'n' roll icon Keith Richards with its Scream 2009 Rock Immortal Award.

The announcement was made Thursday by Casey Patterson, Spike TV's senior vice president of talent development and event production.

The two-hour Scream 2009 awards show is to tape Saturday at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., and will premiere on Spike TV Oct. 27.

Spike TV to air new 'Disaster' series

New York, Aug. 4: Spike TV has announced plans to air a new U.S. reality series called "Surviving Disaster," with Navy SEAL Cade Courtley serving as host.

The show "vividly takes viewers through catastrophic scenarios and arms them with the knowledge needed to survive the unthinkable," the network said in a news release.

"Navy SEAL Courtley is the ideal host for this timely series, having faced imminent danger for a living, conducting clandestine missions from the sea, air and land that include counter-terrorism operations, special reconnaissance and unconventional warfare," the release said.

The first of 10 one-hour episodes is slated to premiere Sept. 1 on Spike TV.

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Spike TV renews 'Warrior' for 2nd season

Los Angeles -- Spike TV says it has renewed its U.S. series "Deadliest Warrior" for a second season.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Sharon Levy, the network's senior vice president of original programming.

The show's first season averaged 1.8 million viewers, had more than 6.2 million show-related video views on and is Spike TV's best-selling series this year across all download-to-own platforms, Spike TV said in a
news release.

The second season of "Deadliest Warrior" will premiere 13 episodes, starting next spring with's original round-table discussion series,
"Deadliest Warrior -- The Aftermath," also set to return in conjunction with the new episodes.

Spike TV plans Carradine tribute

New York -- Spike TV has announced plans to honor the late U.S. action movie and TV icon David Carradine by airing a marathon of his work.
Carradine, 72, died last week in Bangkok.

Spike TV said it will pay tribute to him with a "David Carradine Movie Marathon" Saturday.

Scheduled to be shown are "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" and "Kill Bill, Vol. 2," as well as the TV movie "Kung Fu Killer."

A Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actor who earned a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame, Carradine's career spanned five decades and included dozens of memorable roles. He is perhaps best known for his work in the "Kung Fu" television series, which ran from 1972 to 1975.