AMC Greenlights Kevin Smith's Comic Book Store Reality Show
Kevin Smith's latest film hits VOD today, but that's not all. He's also had his reality show, currently titled The Secret Stash, greenlit by AMC. Deadline has reported that the network has picked up the series for an initial run of six hour-long episodes. The show centers around Smith's comic book store in Red Bank, New Jersey. It will be sort of like Pawn Stars meets geekdom, with patrons bringing in rare and strange pop culture memorabilia. The show will start airing sometime early in 2012. Read on for a quote from Smith, one from AMC, and an official description of the show.
Smith had these very excited words to say,
Draper. Meth. Zombies. This show couldn’t be on a better network. AMC is to television what Miramax was to cinema back when I first got in the game: they’re the premier destination for any story-teller looking to spin an offbeat yarn that no other outlet has the stones to touch. And as if I didn’t love them enough, now they’re putting my friends on TV! I’m ecstatic, proud, and extremely lucky to be in bed with a network I watch religiously anyway. And if they’d pushed just a little harder in the negotiations, I’d have done this show for no payment beyond early access to every episode of MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD, and WALKING DEAD.
AMC Senior VP Joel Stillerman said,
The comic book store is, in many ways, the corner bar for comic book fans. It is still this place where everybody knows your name, and you can go and geek out with like minded people. If I lived closer, I’d want to hang out at here.
And here's the official statement,
The Secret Stash is a one hour series that captures the world of the local comic book store. Way before comic book culture went mainstream, the comic store has not only been a place for people to buy, sell, or trade for cool stuff; but also to hang out and be part of a community that just loves comics. Secret Stash will capture both of these aspects of comic store life. It will document the daily banter of The Secret Stash and it’s employees and devoted customers; and it will capture the fun and emotion of buying and selling collectibles and comic memorabilia that happens in comic book stores all across the country and in mega-venues like Comic-Con.