Spike’s New Business-Themed Reality Show Has a Soapy Pedigree (VIDEO)

You don't have to look very hard to find six degrees of soap-eration between Spike's new reality competition series, The Hiring Squad, and the world of daytime suds.  Former Soap Opera Weekly journalist Jonathan Reiner (who also produced Soap Center and Starting Over) is the project's showrunner and executive producer.

The program's senior producer, Sarah Smith, also has soap cred. She got her start as Hogan Sheffer's writing assistant on As The World Turns before going to work for Maria Arena Bell at The Young and the Restless.

The Hiring Squad, which is being billed as a cross between The Apprentice and Undercover Boss, premieres Oct. 27 at 11/10c on Spike. Let's show it some love, suds fans! Watch a promo after the jump.

Darin Brooks’ Hilarious Blue Mountain State Returns Oct. 20

If you’ve listened to the Pop Confidential podcast you know that Regan and I often have similar tastes in TV shows, with a few exceptions such as my love for all things sci-fi and her appreciation for that MTV drivel Jersey Shore. But now we both have something to rejoice about, the return of our guiltiest of guilty pleasures, Spike’s raunchy Blue Mountain State starring Days of our Lives grad Darin Brooks.

If you haven’t watched Blue Mountain State and are ready for some big laughs and more and a few "ewww" moments then tune in for its second season premiere on October 20. Watch the Blue Mountain State promo after the jump!