Now that Spike Lee’s out of the way, Spike TV is aggressively programming its male-targeted channel, most recently striking a deal with the duo behind the Spike & Mike Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation.
The newly minted cable channel has contracted Spike & Mike to supply material for its late-night animation block. The program will showcase the short films highlighted in the Twisted Festival, a traveling underground tour known for featuring the early work of Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead) and Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park).
The first six episodes of the series will begin airing in late fall as part of The Strip, the Spike TV block comprised of the likes of Stan Lee’s Stripperella starring Pamela Anderson.
Founded by Craig “Spike” Decker and the late Mike Gribble, Spike & Mike has hundreds of titles in its vault, enough material to fill many more episodes. Spike TV will also look to Decker to develop future series for the channel. The new series won’t feature early South Park or Beavis and Butthead episodes because the creators of those properties retained the rights to the material. But titles such as No Neck Joe from Powerpuff Girl’s creator Craig McCracken are available.