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Spike TV to Air Documentary Series Coal

In wake of last year’s triumphant rescue of the West Virginia coal miners, Spike TV is giving its viewers an unprecedented look into one of the world’s most dangerous jobs with its new reality show ‘Coal,’ www.spike.com is reporting. The show follows the life of Mike Crowder and Tom Roberts, who are part-owners of Cobalt Mine in Westchester, West Virginia, as well as the miners and their families in the area.

‘Coal,’ which is set to start its 10 episode, one-hour series premiere on Wednesday, March 30, is being produced by Thom Beers, who has worked on such hit reality shows as ‘Deadliest Catch’ and ‘ice Road Truckers.’ The series, which in part chronicles the pressure Crowder and Roberts face to keep the mine running safe, will be executive produced by Beers’ Original Productions.

Sharon Levy, the executive vice president of original series and animation at Spike TV, has said “Coal mining is an integral part of the American economy…The series is going to shine a light on the brave men and women and their families who endure the rigors of this arduous profession.”

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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