Move over Jay Dobyns and Billy Queen. There’s a new biker hero in Hollywood.
Last night was the première of Gangland Undercover’s six part, scripted, cable miniseries about the biker adventures of former Vago, Mongol and Outlaw Ashley Charles Wyatt, pictured above. Wyatt’s name in the witness protection program is Charles Falco. He coauthored and published a book with Kerrie Droban two years ago titled Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs.
The miniseries runs on the History Channel at 10 p.m. It directly competes with the new Bischoff Hervey Entertainment series Outlaw Country on superstation WGN.
New York Times
As Neil Genzlinger pointed out in Monday’s New York Times, both WGN and the History Channel are “no doubt hoping to fill the Sons of Anarchy void.”
Genzlinger thinks, “Bikers are close to qualifying for their own TV genre. Along with the fictional and underappreciated Sons of Anarchy, whose seven-season run ended in December, reality shows like The Devils Ride, on Discovery, have claimed to get inside biker clubs but have mostly just embarrassed everyone involved.”
You can read the entire Times article here.
The influential monthly Men’s Journal is less reserved in it’s praise for the Falco miniseries.
In a 1,500 word article published yesterday, the magazine calls the television show, “The Real Life Sons of Anarchy” and quotes Falco’s criticism of the recent FX series. “Sons Of Anarchy tries to give a romantic view of that lifestyle,” Falco says from his “undisclosed location…. There is no romantic view. These guys are thugs, and more than anything, they’re murderers, drug dealers, and bullies. They don’t like normal society and they hate normal civilians.”
Men’s Journal describes the Vagos Motorcycle Club as “the largest urban terrorist organization in the U.S.” at the time of Wyatt/Falco’s infiltration. Wyatt/Falco tells the magazine the Vagos “are not bikers – they’re gang members who ride bikes.”
You can read the entire Men’s Journal piece here.