AMC is known for taking television projects that everyone has passed on and turned them into breakout hits for their network, spinning gold out of straw if you will. Shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead have become staples to the AMC line up, but it’s taking a risk with a man who was considered “too fat to fly” (he isn’t). Kevin Smith, the soon to be retired director has is currently working on Hit Somebody, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the last time you see the silent wonder.
Kevin has been a busy man recently, working daily on Smodcast Internet Radio, promoting Red State and working on Hit Somebody. The man is always busy and what a better way to enjoy “retirement” then developing a reality TV show that will take place at his personal comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, NJ. Considered to be a “Pawn Stars for Fanboys,” the show has been casting over the last week and Smith recently tweeted that AMC is interested in picking up the series.
Why would AMC go after a show created by a man known for what some consider low brow humor?
The show recently sent out an open casting call that went out to all geeks to star on the show.
Have you ever wanted to work in a comic book shop? Silent Bob himself, Kevin Smith, is casting a new television series set in his comic shop “The Secret Stash.” He’s not looking for actors, he’s looking for real people who live and breath the comic book lifestyle. Must be funny outgoing and have a knowledge and passion for comics, superheroes, movie memorabilia and everything that goes with it. Looking for men and women ages 21 – 35 in the Tri-state area only. Must be available in Red Bank, NJ on either June 2nd or June 3rd AND a 3-day shoot on June 14th – 16th. To apply, send a picture and a short bio including name, age, and phone number to email@example.com If you are selected, we will contact you to schedule a follow up interview.
We’re also looking for people in the Tri-state area with cool, unique, rare, or otherwise awesome comic book/movie memorabilia. It’s Pawn Stars for Fanboys, and if you have something to sell/trade/or value, we want you to bring it to us! Must be available in Red Bank, NJ on either June 2nd or June 3rd AND one additional day between June 14th – 16th. To apply, send a picture of yourself, and a description and picture of the item with your name, age, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are selected, we will contact you to schedule a follow up interview.
Now the show hasn’t even filmed a pilot yet so it doesn’t guarantee that it will even make it to air, but AMC has been interested in developing reality tv shows. Kevin himself is no stranger toTAV land either with his various cameos on the small screen and even directing a few pilot episodes too. Plus shows like this haven’t been tailored to the common nerd in recent years, nobody knows the price of a mint comic book anymore. This could help show people that those dusty toys in the attic are actually worth something other then an average buck at the family garage sale.
Like most of what Smith has done though it’s going to be an underdog all the way up to making it to air. Even if this doesn’t become a pilot for AMC Smith might just shop the show to other networks. He might even just forget the networks all together and turn it into an Internet based show, those kids love that Internet thing.