More good news for Kevin Smith as the same day his self-distributed indie hit Red State hits Video on Demand, it’s being reported that his comic book store-based reality show, Secret Stash, is being picked up by AMC.
Perhaps trying to reconnect with their lost geek cred after the whole Darabont debacle with The Walking Dead, the show will focus on the proverbial characters that work and hang around at Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, the comic book store owned by Kevin Smith in Red Bank, NJ. Here’s AMC’s plot synopsis:
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.
AMC Senior VP Joel Stillerman had this to say about the series in the official press release:
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.
Yeah right. Good one, Joel. Let’s see if you make it out of Comic Con alive next year if the second season of Walking Dead crashes and burns.
Finally, not to go unspoken in a story about himself, Smith sent out this quote:
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.
The show sounds like it could be interesting, my only concern is that it might look like the Comic Book Guy show co-starring those three nerds that lived with Homer for a little while. I trust Smith, but given everything recently, can you just see AMC execs watching a clip and saying, “They don’t sound nerdy enough,” “They need to be more nasaly,” “Why aren’t they wearing glasses?” “Where are all the braces?” Hm. We’ll see.
Secret Stash will air the first quarter of 2012.
Source: Slash Film