Craig Piligian


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Reality Check: In the Wake of a Cops Death, a Producer Reflects

The death of Cops crew member Bryce Dion, who was accidentally shot by a police officer during a robbery in Omaha, Neb., stunned the tight-knit reality TV community. Wicked Tuna and Dirty Jobs producer Craig Piligian, who is unaffiliated with Cops, spoke with TV Guide Magazine to explain how camera operators, audio technicians, and their teams are the unsung heroes of unscripted television.

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UFC President Dana White, Producer Craig Piligian on Their Plans for Discovery's The Fighters

The creative forces behind Fox Sports 1's The Ultimate Fighter are next tackling the world of boxing, via Discovery Channel's new series The Fighters. The show, which premieres Thursday, Jan. 23 at 9/8c, is shot in South Boston, where rival gyms set up matches in a bid to help revive the sport.

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Watch My Show: The Big Brain Theory's Kal Penn, Craig Piligian Answer Our Showrunner Survey

Kal Penn has played his share of doctors (House, How I Met Your Mother) and stoners (the Harold & Kumar films), and he'll star in CBS's new comedy We Are Men this fall. He's currently hosting Discovery's new competition series The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius (Wednesdays, 10/9c). The show more


A Step Toward Reconciliation?
American Chopper- Laser Precision
Assembling the FaroArm
Richard & Aaron: Best Car Collections

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Year Title Description
2014 Amazing America With Sarah Palin TV Show Series, Producer
2014 Bring It! TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2014 Wicked Tuna TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2014 Fast N' Loud TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2014 Lindsay TV Show Series, Executive Producer

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The Rebirth of World's Wildest Police Videos, Ten Years Later

Paul Stojanovich Jr. practically grew up in the back of patrol cars, spending time with his father, the executive producer of World's Wildest Police Videos. Sadly, the elder Paul Stojanovich died accidentally in 2003, at the age of 47. But his son, now 28, is looking to carry on his father's legacy by bringing back Police Videos, which premieres Monday at 8/7c on Spike TV.

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Exclusive: Jesse James Returns to TV With New Discovery Show

Having mostly kept a low profile after a series of tabloid-sized scandals, Jesse James is ready to return to TV. The rebel motorcycle and car customizer will star in The Jesse James Project (working title), a special for Discovery Channel set to air Monday, April 9 at 10 p.m/9c.
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TV's Got Male, With More Testosterone Shows To Come

When a young programming executive at the History channel first pitched the idea of following a group of Louisiana Cajuns who hunt alligators, "the poor guy got laughed out of the room," says the network's president, Nancy Dubuc. But instead of dropping the idea, he kept bringing it up — and kept getting laughed at.

"But by the fourth meeting, you had to pause," Dubuc says. "If somebody is as passionate as he was about something, what's the harm in letting them run with it?" That germ of an idea turned into Swamp People, an unlikely hit that ...
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Watch My Show: Full Metal Jousting's Craig Piligian Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Craig Piligian knows a thing or two about aggressive TV shows. The producer's stable of reality series about tough guys doing rough things has included Dirty Jobs, American Chopper, Swamp Loggers and The Ultimate Fighter. Now Piligian is behind Full Metal Jousting, which gives the medieval sport a full-contact, modern-day twist. The show, which airs Sundays at 10pm on History, awards cash to the jouster (decked out in suits of steel) who survives the most collisions. Piligian took time to tell us why we should man up and watch... read more

Lifetime Will Update Its Amanda Knox Movie, Which Airs Tuesday

Now that Amanda Knox's Italian murder conviction has been overturned, Lifetime is racing to update its TV movie, Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy. As a stroke of luck for Lifetime, the cable network had already scheduled a re-airing of the film on Tuesday, October 4.

Now Lifetime is planning to quickly add a new brief opening to the movie, an "epilogue" of sorts detailing Monday's news, as well as read more

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