Following the rescue of Richard Phillips, the network announced it's docu-pilot ''Pirate Hunters: USN'' about Navy ships and the dangers of being at sea

By Lynette Rice
April 17, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Well, that didn’t take long. Just as American sea captain Richard Phillips was rescued from Somali pirates, Spike TV announced it was greenlighting a docu-pilot chronicling dangers on the high seas. If picked up, Pirate Hunters: USN will regularly embed camera crews on the USS San Antonio and the USS Boxer, the same Navy ship that helped bring Phillips to safety on April 12 after a five-day hostage standoff. ”Our plan is to show real-life action,” says exec producer Rasha Drachkovitch. ”We’ll break it down to the human side [and explain] what it’s like on the hunt.” Spike had been discussing the show with 44 Blue Productions (Lockup) for months, but as the military drama raged off the coast of Africa, the network snapped up the rights faster than you can say ”Jolly Roger.” ”We weren’t sure whether the events that transpired would help us or hurt us with closing this deal,” admits Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s senior VP for original series, who says it’s too early to know whether any footage from the Phillips saga will be a part of the pilot. Then again, she wouldn’t rule it out: ”Since we want to explain Piracy 101, it could be included in that. Our aim is to give viewers a front-row seat in the Navy’s fight.” Sounds good. Now, who has the bottle of rum?