Spike TV just ordered "Coal", a mining reality show from the creators of Deadliest Catch, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Thom Beers and Original Productions will follow a West Virginian mining company with 40 employees.
It's not the first mention of a coal-related series. News of Coal as a Discovery Channel show appeared in March of 2008. News of the show for Spike came during the rescue of 33 Chilean miners—who appeared above ground for the first time yesterday after spending two months trapped underground.
“We’ve tapped into something that people are passionate about; this is a topic the world is interested in,” Levy said in The Hollywood Reporter. “Everybody is afraid of being buried alive. These people risk their lives every day to make the world move, yet most of us never really think about how we get [our energy] ... this series is going to shine a light on the brave men and women and their families who endure the rigors of this arduous profession.”
For more on Beers and his shows, check out Manly-man TV from the LA Times.