Blade series slices into Spike schedule

Spike TV has sunk its teeth into Blade, a series based on the Marvel Entertainment superhero.

Spike TV has ordered a total of 13 hours, including the previously announced two-hour pilot/original movie, with a premiere date set for June. The pickup marks the first scripted series for the cable network.

Blade, a half-man, half-vampire who fights a shadowy underworld of vampires that want to destroy the human race, was depicted by Wesley Snipes in a feature film trilogy.

Spike TV's version stars Kirk "Sticky" Jones in the leading role, while Nelson Lee, Jill Wagner, Neil Jackson, and Jessica Gower round out the cast.

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