March 9, 2011

"Coal" Comes to Spike TV

"Spike TV and reality powerhouse-producer Thom Beers have excavated 10, one-hour episodes of an all-new original series entitled Coal. The unscripted program will explore the world of coal mining through the eyes of Mike Crowder and Tom Roberts, co-owners of Cobalt Mine in Westchester, West Virginia. Giving an unprecedented look at one of the world's most dangerous and valuable professions, Coal will premiere on Spike in March 2011.

Striking up a partnership while watching their sons practice football, Crowder and Roberts will lead their more than 40 machine operators, foremen, electricians, and drivers into one of the most dangerous workplaces on the planet.  Every aspect of the job will be covered, from the dangers behind the super-charged explosions needed to open surface mines, to the well-publicized daily dangers of working in the dark recesses of the earth's crust in a traditional shaft mine.  As they face the daily pressure to keep the mine up and running and their workers safe, family men Crowder and Roberts will rely on the support of their loved ones to tackle the mine's daily demands."


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