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Spike Inks New Seasons Of Tattoo-Based Series

Spike Tv has greenlit new seasons of reality series Ink Master and Tattoo Nightmares, the network announced Monday. 

Ink Master, a tattoo-based competition series, will debut next year with 13 one-hour episodes, while Tattoo Nightmares (pictured), in which tattoo artists attempt to cover up unwanted body ink, will return in 2014 with 26 new episodes, said network officials.

Ink Master and Tattoo Nightmares have been great performers for Spike TV and have helped propel the network to its highest rated quarter with adults in four years,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV in a statement. “These two series showcase tattooing as the incredible art form it has evolved into and are emblematic of Spike’s new direction as we’re appealing to a broader audience with compelling original programming.”

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.