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Jesse James is … a TV Star

May 31, 2009

Sure enough, I have a friend who has gone 7-odd seconds in the quarter mile on a bike, and I have friends who’ve rode in a temperature of -50 degrees, and I have a friend who has jumped a structure with a monster truck, and I have friends who have figure-eight raced, and I even have a friend who has been on fire. But, only one of my friends – a Facebook friend – has done it all: Jesse James.
Jesse James’ “ Jesse James Is A Dead Man” is entertaining as a lesson in odds and a flirtation with mortality.

Entertaining? Yes. Should it be more than that? No. It’s a stunt show.

Remember how many people stopped their lives to watch Evil Knievel jump the Snake River? You don’t? Talk with someone older than 35 years of age. Why did they watch it? For the excitement. The spectacle of doom.

Even so, nowadays, while all the stunts are prepped for safety, we continue to watch, for the possibility of catastrophe. Of course there’s no way in hell Spike TV or Jesse James’ dependents are going to allow his demise to be televised, and it’s obvious to any powersport enthusiast with a pulse who watches or listens to, or who frequents websites, that Mr. James is not dead.

Yet people watch.

You can, too, 9 p.m. CST, Sunday, on Spike TV.

‘Jesse James Is A Dead Man’

January 10, 2009

The crazy economy has put a dent in custom motorcycle sales and caused many builders to look for alternative money-making opportunities. For Jesse James, the guy arguably mostimages responsible for reviving the chopper craze, prospects appear endless. In May, he takes on the role of a modern-day daredevil in “Jesse James Is A Dead Man,” a new, original weekly series on Spike TV premiering on Sunday, May 31 (10:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT).

“Our goal was to create a new and distinctive series for Jesse that is unlike anything else on television,” said Sharon Levy, senior vice president of original series for Spike TV. “In this series, viewers will get to experience one of the most fearless guys on the planet in an entirely new way, taking on death-defying physical challenges each week.”

Ten weekly one-hour episodes of “Jesse James Is A Dead Man” are being produced for Spike TV. Each episode follows James as he readies himself for a different death-defying challenge he has always wanted to face and beat. Preparing for the risky challenge can often be as dangerous as the challenge itself as he endures a battery of tests to prepare. With CGI effects, viewers get a taste of the enormity of the stunt, revealing the physiological stress James’ body will endure.

Some of the dangerous challenges he’ll be facing include the grueling off-road race better known as the Baja 500, hitting over 200 mph on a Nitro bike supercharged by ultra-combustible nitro-methane fuel and braving harsh Artic weather conditions by riding a motorcycle in minus-60 degree temperature across the infamous Ice Highway that connects the small towns of Inuvik and Aklavik.

James first gained fame with his business West Coast Choppers. During the past nine years he launched his TV career with Discovery Channel’s “Motorcycle Mania”; produced and starred in the international television hit, “Monster Garage”; established his own production company, Payupsucker Productions; became publisher of Garage Magazine; and opened eco-friendly burger joint Cisco Burger in Long Beach, CA.