Spike’s New Business-Themed Reality Show Has a Soapy Pedigree (VIDEO) Jamey Giddens October 23, 2013 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.