The unscripted series following the inner workings of Kevin Smith’s comic shop Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash is officially a go. AMC announced the news that the series has been greenlit and should make its way to the small screen early on in 2012.
Word got out about the potential series months ago, and today, AMC made the official announcement, stating that Secret Stash (working title), which takes place in the comic book store will consist of six episodes. The series will not only focus on the store, but also attempt to capture “fanboy culture.”
Smith offered an enthusiastic statement on the subject, gushing about the network stating:
"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.
That actually would’ve been a really good deal, not only for Smith but for said series, budget-wise. Either way, it sounds like an interesting show and with Smith among the executive producers, I expect we'll be seeing a real portrayal of this side of geek culture, as opposed to this being a show intent on poking fun of the people who do their shopping at J&S-B's Secret Stash.
Joining Smith as exec-producers are Elyse Seiden (Red State), and Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (L.A. Ink, Miami Ink, Storm Chasers). Below is AMC’s official description.
The Secret Stash is a one hour series that captures the world of the local comic book store. Way before comic book culture went mainstream, the comic store has not only been a place for people to buy, sell, or trade for cool stuff; but also to hang out and be part of a community that just loves comics. Secret Stash will capture both of these aspects of comic store life. It will document the daily banter of The Secret Stash and it’s employees and devoted customers; and it will capture the fun and emotion of buying and selling collectibles and comic memorabilia that happens in comic book stores all across the country and in mega-venues like Comic-Con.