NEW YORK, March 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/-- In New Orleans, heis the top dog of bounty hunters. Spike TV's new unscripted original series "Big Easy Justice" centers on the gritty underworld of post-Katrina New Orleans and follows legendary bounty hunter Tat-2 as he hunts down some of the city's most elusive criminals and brings them back to justice. Ten half-hour episodes of "Big Easy Justice" will premiere starting Tuesday, April 10, with two back-to-back episodes at 10:00 and 10:30 PM, ET/PT. Following the premiere, new episodes will telecast for nine weeks on Tuesdays at 10 PM, ET/PT.
With the support of local law enforcement and deep knowledge of the streets as a New Orleans native, Tat-2 (real name is Gene Thacker) has a single mission, to keep his city safe by keeping the bad guys off the street. A military veteran as well as a former police officer from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana, Tat-2 shows no fear on the job and utilizes any means, either physical or psychological, to apprehend his prey. Over his 12 year bounty hunting career, he's brought back more than 10,000 fugitives to jail, whose crimes range from armed robbery, murder, drug possession, domestic abuse and assault, among other crimes.
As a bounty hunter, otherwise known as bail enforcement agent, Tat-2's job is to track down and bring back fugitives who fail to honor their obligations of bond with the court system. The series chronicles Tat-2 and his Elite Fugitive Recovery Team consisting of agents Viper, Wally and Arsenio. Spike TV follows them as they kick down doors, go on stakeouts and put their lives directly in the line of fire as they track down criminals and bring them back to justice. The hours are long and grueling and the work is extremely tough, but Tat-2 and his teams are what hardened criminals fear most in The Big Easy.
Viewers can join in the conversation about "Big Easy Justice" by following @SPIKE_TV on Twitter and using #BigEasyJustice. Biographies, photo galleries, Q&A videos with Tat-2 and his Elite Fugitive Recovery Team and more can be found on Spike.com's dedicated "Big Easy Justice" destination, bigeasyjustice.spike.com. Content will be updated regularly throughout the season to the site, including full episodes, video clips and blog posts.
"Big Easy Justice" is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez and Simon Fields of Nuyorican Productions, Al Roker of Al Roker Entertainment in association with C. Russell Muth of CRM Entertainment as well as Joshua Ackerman, Benjamin Nurick and Zachary Werner of Bodega Pictures. Sharon Levy is Spike TV's Executive Vice President of Original Programming. Tim Duffy and Alex Eastburg serve as the network's Executives in Charge of Production.
About Nuyorican Productions: Nuyorican Productions is the Los Angeles-based film, television, and New Media division of Jennifer Lopez Enterprises. Founded by Lopez and her business partner Simon Fields, Nuyorican is behind the ultra-successful talent search show "Q Viva!" and additional unscripted fare including "South Beach Tow." This fall, Nuyorican will begin production on an adaptation of "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego" and is developing a remake of "Overboard." Additionally, Nuyorican has formed a partnership with AOL and Believe Entertainment to bring the Tiger Beat brand into the new media realm, as an entertainment news and lifestyle show for teens, which will launch spring 2012.
About Al Roker Entertainment: Formed in 1994, Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. (ARE) is a thriving multimedia company based in NYC involved in the development and production of network, cable, home video and public television projects. Al Roker is CEO. ARE produces programming for a diverse clientele. For more information, visit www.alrokerentertainment.com.
About Bodega Pictures: Bodega Pictures is a Los Angeles based production company run by Executive Producers Joshua Ackerman, Benjamin Nurick, and Zachary Werner specializing in alternative TV, documentary and scripted material. Currently Bodega is in production on the second season of the hit show 'South Beach Tow' and other TV credits include 'The Making of a Game Show.' In addition to their television and film work, Bodega has produced commercials, promos and viral video content for companies like Target, Grey Advertising, Oribe Hair Care, GCI Health, Fox Sports, NBC, and Bravo. For more information visit www.bodegapictures.com
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