The network greenlights Smith's Secret Stash reality show, bringing the number of reality series set in Jersey up to two.
I was interviewing actor Steven Bauer who played Manny in Scarface recently (this is relevant, I promise) and we got on the subject of the influence of the movie on hip hop culture and to a certain extent how actual criminals carry themselves. De Palma's pulpy, broad take on the drug kingpin became reality as everyone wanted to be Tony Montana. Ditto with Smith's flicks which have, in the years since Clerks, kind of informed the behavior of your average retail clockwatcher wage slave.
Hand to God, it was amazing (and at the same time natural) how many video store clerks, comic shop employees, retail dudes (and some ladies) tried to match Randal and Dante's patter, driving the customer-to-sneer level to all-time highs. I should know, I was one of them for a little while.
Anyway, we've come full circle, I guess, as AMC has given the greenlight to an "unscripted series" (read: reality show) set in Smith's Red Hook-based comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash.
Here's the official pitch from the network, and it's pretty clear they're trying to capture the Clerks vibe in real life:
The Secret Stash is a one hour series that captures the world of the local comic book store. Way before comic book culture went mainstream, the comic store has not only been a place for people to buy, sell, or trade for cool stuff; but also to hang out and be part of a community that just loves comics. Secret Stash will capture both of these aspects of comic store life. It will document the daily banter of The Secret Stash and its employees and devoted customers; and it will capture the fun and emotion of buying and selling collectibles and comic memorabilia that happens in comic book stores all across the country and in mega-venues like Comic-Con.
Season one is planned as six, one-hour episodes and should be airing sometime in the first quarter of 2012.