New Spike TV ‘reality’ show plays evictions for laughs

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 15:48 EDT
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Professional evictor Rick Moore, featured on the set of "World's Worst Tenants." Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.
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A U.S. cable channel best known for featuring mixed martial arts fighting and video games is preparing to launch a show based upon another, decidedly less visible American contact sport: evictions.

“World’s Worst Tenants” will feature crazy-but-true stories, as recounted and apparently acted out by professional evictor Todd Howard and his team of… other evictors. Just don’t call them thugs.

“Howard and his team take viewers behind closed doors into the most heated, high-stakes disputes between landlords and their tenants,” the show’s website explains. “Each mission documents the process and procedure that allows this no-holds-barred team to operate within legal guidelines to resolve each case on behalf of their clients.”

Don’t call it a “reality” show, either. “The series showcases the most compelling stories in his career through reenactments of many of the actual confrontations that Howard and his team have experienced over the years,” the site adds.

Evictions and home foreclosures have become a hot-button political issue since the 2008 economic crisis engulfed Wall Street firms that had leveraged too much risky debt. Protesters with the “Occupy” movement in the U.S., and other groups in countries around the world, have taken to staging sit-in demonstrations during foreclosures and evictions as a way of not only protecting their neighbors, but also making a point about economic fairness and income inequality.

It’s not clear why Spike TV decided to go with reenactments of actual evictions as opposed to a “Dog the Bounty Hunter” style ride-along show. Spike TV producers did not respond to Raw Story’s request for comment.

Spike TV will air the first episode of “World’s Worst Tenants” on Tuesday, June 12.

This video was published to YouTube by Spike TV on May 18, 2012.


Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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