So who is up for a six part, scripted, cable miniseries about American hero Ashley Charles Wyatt or, as he now prefers to be known Charles Falco? What about a new incarnation of Gangland? What about a new incarnation of Gangland that is a scripted miniseries about Charles Falco to air on the History Channel beginning Tuesday, February 24 at 10 p.m. and that will compete for the biker audience with Bischoff Hervey Entertainment’s new reality series Outlaw Country starring Steve Cook?
No. None of these questions are hypothetical. They are, like the new miniseries, “fact based.”
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What’s That Smell
Wyatt is a former Victorville Vago who once answered to Tijuana Charles. He preferred to be called Quickdraw. Men who knew him then remember him as being “not very smart” and “obnoxiously stoned. Constantly.” His personal heroes are ATF Agents Darrin Kozlowski and John Carr. Wyatt was one of two key informants in a mostly bogus, ATF investigation supervised by John Ciccone called Operation 22 Green.
After betraying the Vagos Wyatt earned two degrees online in Bible Studies from Liberty Christian University. Reading the Bible put him so far into debt that he had no choice but to became Judas again. “The Marshals do not allow you to get out of past debt,” Falco told The Aging Rebel in an interview in 2012. “So in my case I owed several thousand dollars in student loans that I still pay under Ashley. These bills are sent to Marshal mail drops, which are then sent to DC, which are then sent to my area Marshal field office, who then sends them to me. I have several of these Marshal mail drops in California and Nevada that I use. Kind of cool on how this works! I am no longer in this program, but they still forward my mail. Even after you leave the WPP you keep your new identity, since it is now your legal new name. I hope that makes sense.”
Wyatt paid off his Bible study loans by betraying both the Mongols and the Outlaws. His name in the Outlaws was “Chef.”
Then he became the author, with outlaw biker authority Kerrie Droban, of the 2013 memoir Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs. You can read more about Wyatt/Falco and his book here.
The miniseries is based on the portions of that book that describe Operation 22 Green.
The official trailer for the series is unavailable for preview. It runs just over one minute and has production values that equal those of Sons Of Anarchy. The voice narration over a montage of action, dramatic and sexual clips reads: “Before we go any further it is Vagos, not Vay-goes. The Vagos Motorcycle Gang. They’re five times bigger than the Hells Angels. Law enforcement put an informant in the gang. But these things never go quite as planned. This thing, it’s just getting going.”
The text graphics over the montage are: “Walk like them.” “Talk like them.” “Fight like them.” “Become them.” “The true story of an infiltrator.” “A six part special television event.”
Press Release Knowledge
The miniseries is produced by Cineflix Productions, Inc. a division of Cineflix Media Inc. in association with A&E Networks and the History Channel. Cineflix describes itself as: “a leading international media company that brings together global broadcast and production partners, major talent, and key executives to create top quality original content produced and distributed for television and other platforms. Producing more than 250 hours per year of multi-genre television for international broadcasters, and with a rapidly expanding library of 4000 hours, Cineflix Media is a recognized leader with offices in Montreal, Toronto, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Dublin.”
Other Cineflix television shows include American Pickers, Canadian Pickers, World’s Greenest Homes, William Shatner’s Weird or What, Property Virgins, Property Brothers, My Teenage Wedding and Food Factory.
According to one of the press releases, “Charles Falco is one of only three men ever to infiltrate three different outlaw biker gangs. With his savvy, expertise and immense courage, Falco has helped law enforcement bring some of America’s most dangerous and feared gangs to justice. Gangland Undercover takes us deep inside the notorious Vagos operation. With a combination of interviews and high-end recreations, each episode unfolds a different step in Falco’s covert investigation into their illegal activities. Working in conjunction with law enforcement and drawing on the wealth of material from Falco’s book…this series captures the reality of outlaw biker counter-culture. And with Falco’s assistance, the FBI finally gets what it needs to break up these feared criminal gangs.”
The series stars Canadian actor Damon Runyan (center of production still above) as Wyatt/Falco.