Spike TV returns to the streets of the billion dollar illegal narcotics trade, this time in New Jersey, to offer viewers a glimpse into the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. in association with Size 12 Productions, season two of “DEA” premieres on Spike starting Tuesday, February 10 (10:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT).
“This season of ‘DEA’ was shot in our own back yard and is packed with action,” said executive producer Al Roker. “We show viewers a side of drug enforcement and the life of DEA Special Agents that they won’t see anywhere else but on Spike. Don’t miss Tuesdays at 10 PM.”
This season, Spike was given exclusive access to follow a group of DEA Special Agents and Task Force Officers in DEA’s northern New Jersey headquarters, based in Newark, as they risk their lives daily in the ongoing battle against illegal drugs.
After 9/11, many illegal drug dealers left New York City and set up shop across the river in New Jersey. With an influx of deadly criminals now using cutting edge weaponry, “DEA” underscores the danger DEA Special Agents experience on a daily basis in order to do their jobs. The series follows DEA Special Agents as they work cases ranging from street level dealers up to cracking international drug syndicates.
Viewers will witness first-hand what it is like for DEA Special Agents to go out on undercover missions. Spike is there when DEA Special Agents bust down doors and execute drug raids that put their lives directly in the line of fire. “DEA” also takes a look at the complex relationship that agents have with informants, revealing the strange kinship they share with these criminals who see themselves not as arch enemies, but rather as opponents in the “game” of the illegal drug trade.
“If you liked the first season of ‘DEA,’ you’ll love the second,” said special agent in charge, Mary Irene Cooper, DEA’s Chief of Congressional and Public Affairs. “Season II delivers more episodes, more action, more dope and more money than viewers have ever seen before. You’ll have a front row seat to DEA’s hard-charging, relentless special agents risking their lives for the mission. They’ll captivate you with their gritty determination and leave you wanting more.”
Spike.com will offer users a preview of the premiere episode of “DEA” in early February and throughout the season, full episodes will be available at DEA.Spike.com directly after their on-air debut, along with a sneak peek of the action in next week’s episode. The site will also feature a video glossary of DEA terminology and procedures that will be illustrated by show clips featuring the DEA Special Agents themselves, creating a one-stop shop for insight into the DEA. Users will also be able to send embeddable clips to their friends and check out video clips of DEA on their mobile phones.
“DEA” averaged 1.3 million viewers for its premiere season (April-May, 2008) and gave the network a 132% increase in viewership in its timeslot. “DEA” ranked #4 in all of cable in its timeslot among Men 18-34 and 18-49.
“DEA” is produced for Spike by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. and Size 12 Productions. Executive producers for the series are Al Roker for Al Roker Entertainment and C. Russell Muth and Hank Capshaw for Size 12 Productions. Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are Spike’s executives in charge of production.