It’s all about football at Blue Mountain State University, but being an incoming freshman on the national championship team consists of much more than that… there’s also girls, partying, hazing and of course, class. Spike TV has greenlit 13 episodes of the scripted half-hour comedy series, “Blue Mountain State,” it was announced today by Kevin Kay, president, Spike TV. Produced by Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins (“Norbit,” “Varsity Blues,” “Smallville”) and Sharla Sumpter-Bridgett and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the comedy series is scheduled to premiere this summer.
“‘Blue Mountain State’ contains four key ingredients to being a guy…football, partying, women and hazing,” said Kay. “We’re thrilled to be working with Brian Robbins, Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate on this outrageous comedy that combines college football with ‘Animal House.’ And we think it’s a perfect fit for Spike’s young, male audience.”
“It’s exciting to be moving forward with our friends at Spike, who appreciate programming that doesn’t play it safe,” said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate’s president of television programming and production. “With the terrific creative team headed by Brian and Sharla, ‘Blue Mountain State’ is a show that doesn’t pull any punches — it’s just all-out funny.”
Executive produced by Robbins and Sumpter and co-executive produced by Chris Romano and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Always Sunny In Philadelphia”), “Blue Mountain State” follows three incoming freshmen attending college football powerhouse, Blue Mountain St. University. Former NFL running back and veteran actor, Ed Marinaro (“Monk,” “8 Simple Rules,” “Hill St. Blues”), stars as the coach. “Alex,” played by Darin Brooks (“Big Bounce”) is a talented quarterback, content to ride the bench while partying with his best friend “Sammy,” played by Romano, who aspires to be the school’s mascot. “Craig,” played by Sam Jones III (“Glory Road”), on the other hand, is the school’s top recruit and future NFL pro whose life is already mapped out for him by his controlling girlfriend, “Denise,” played by Gabrielle Dennis (“My Name is Earl”). The three must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing. The cast also includes “Thad,” played by Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”), a senior on the football team who loves hazing incoming freshman.
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