In addition to his endless promotion of Red State and his rising empire of podcasts ranging from his activities with Jason Mewes to reflections on Saturday Night Live with Jon Lovitz, it looks like filmmaker Kevin Smith is now heading back to television. Previously his highly regarded indie film Clerks headed to ABC as an animated series, and now Smith will chronicle the happenings inside his comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash and a new unscripted series on AMC aptly titled Secret Stash. The one hour series captures the world of the local comic book store and will document the daily banter of the store’s employees and devoted customers along with the fun and emotion of buying and selling collectibles and comic memorabilia that happens in comic book stores all across the country. The first season will have six one-hour episodes and is expected to air early next year.
Smith, who always has a way with words, says, “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 The Walking Dead. Details on AMC’s greenlight of another unscripted series called JJK Security after the jump.
Seemingly following in the footsteps of series like Storage Wars and Ice Road Truckers, AMC has greenlit another unscripted series that takes an in-depth look at a unique profession. In this case, JJK Security will follow the slightly off-kilter characters who work at a small, family-owned private security company located in rural Georgia – a one-stop shop for services that range from private investigations to personal protection to neighborhood patrols, and everything in between. Personally, I think it’s weird when unscripted series announcements refer to the real-life stars as “characters,” but the series claims to take the unscripted approach to capturing something along the lines of scripted mockumentary films like Christopher Guest or Robert Altman, so there you have it. Each episode is framed around an ongoing investigation, a security assignment, training a new recruit, etc – the nuts-and-bolts work of a private security firm. The first season is comprised of eight half-hour episodes and will hit sometime later in 2012.