AMC to Feature Kevin Smiths's Comic Book Store in 2012 Reality Series

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We have our doubts that this show will achieve the viewership of "The Walking Dead," or the critical acclaim of "Mad Men," but AMC has announced a new reality show, based on, of all things, a comic book store.

The show will bring Kevin Smith’s comic book store in New Jersey, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, to your television set. Considering that AMC's biggest hit, "The Walking Dead," is based on a comic book, maybe this will succeed. AMC has greenlighted the series for Q1 of 2012.

Kevin Smith himself will executive produce. You might remember him from movies such as Clerks, Dogma, and Chasing Amy.

Smith noted the zombies already on AMC in a statement released in AMC's press release. He said, “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.”

We're sure that statement was slightly hyperbolic. Meanwhile, Joel Stillerman, AMC’s SVP of original programming, production and digital content said, "“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. It’s got great energy, great personality, and is a perfect portal into the world of comic book culture."

The series is tentatively titled Secret Stash. AMC will film six one hour long episodes in its initial season, hardly enough to whet one's appetite, but exceedingly long for those used to the relative shortness of a comic book story arc. Perhaps Smith can even discuss the latest happenings in the comic book version of The Walking Dead.

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