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.
TV Guide Magazine: My TiVo is jam-packed; why should I add Full Metal Jousting to the mix?
Craig Piligian: So your friends don't think you live under a rock. This 12th century sport is going to be the hottest watercooler topic of the 21st century.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don't watch your show?
Piligian: Then the next morning at the watercooler, you'll look like an idiot.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an algorithm for your show.
Piligian: Blood + sweat — tears = Full Metal Jousting.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the best thing anyone has said or written about any of your shows? Were they right?
Piligian: Network chief: "I hate that your show rated so high because now I have to kiss your ass." And, yes, that person was correct.
TV Guide Magazine: How are you using your power of TV for good?
Piligian: Was I supposed to?
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for your show?
Piligian: WTF Just Happened?
TV Guide Magazine: Any celebrities you'd love to see don the armor and attempt to compete in Full Metal Jousting?
Piligian: George Clooney versus Brad Pitt. Women love 'em and guys want to be 'em.
TV Guide Magazine: Of all your shows, which one was the manliest?
Piligian: My Fair Wedding With David Tutera on WEtv.
TV Guide Magazine: What's a credit of yours that you would rather erase from your résumé?
Piligian: That I once was a Comedy Traffic School instructor.