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Miners coming to reality TV

Just hours after the last of the trapped Chilean miners reached the surface, news of an upcoming mining-themed reality show broke.

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Spike TV’s 2011 line-up will include “Coal,” a series set to document the risks and tough conditions the underground workforce of West Virginia faces. While the timing of the project, created by “Deadliest Catch” producer Thom Beers, seems all-too-perfect, the effort has been in the works for months.

"It didn't take a tragedy, and then a miracle, to get us excited about this," Spike TV executive Sharon Levy explained. "Obviously, we're humongous fans of the kind of shows Thom does that celebrate the everyday man. He said, 'We're working on this project called “Coal," ' and we said we'd take it."

According to Beers, renewed interest or not, a program highlighting the plight of miners is long overdue.

"Generations of families have been mining coal in the United States for nearly 300 years,” Beers said. “Coal miners risk their lives in a way no one can imagine. We finally get to tell their stories.”

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