It doesn’t look like Warlocks Rising, the Discovery Channel “reality” show about the motorcycle club headquartered in Orlando, will be renewed. Last week about 713,000 viewers tuned in. That was still an estimated 14,000 more viewers than watched Philly Throttle, the show that follows Warlocks on Discovery but neither show is exactly a ratings hit.
It is, however, interesting to some people who read this page. Producer Cameron Casey talked about the show with The Aging Rebel a couple of weeks ago and clearly regretted that experience. But that didn’t stop him from giving another interview last week to entertainment industry netzine StudioDaily.
In that interview Casey explains that the show was conceived when his producing partner, Stuart Schonfeld, met some Warlocks at a wedding. That meeting led to a conversation about a documentary film which eventually evolved into what Casey calls a “docu-reality” television show. “Stuart, working with Shotgun, Troy and Slob, also put together a core group of people from the Warlocks that would eventually become the people you see featured in the show,” Casey explains.
Casey uses the word “trust” many times in the interview and makes a point to describe the men in the club as “proud, patriotic Americans”
“Both Stuart and I put our names and reputations on the line to ensure they got their story told the way they wanted it told,” Casey says. “It’s still a sensitive thing. A lot of members of the club weren’t very accepting of this show. They were against us from the start. They feel really strongly about their patch, and don’t want a bunch of Hollywood TV guys exploiting their patch. These guys fought hard to get where they are. Frankly, I understand it and I respect it.”
Casey was so impressed with the Warlocks that he is now talking about a show featuring “the East Bay Dragons. It’s the biggest and oldest black bike club in the country. They’ve been around since the early 1950s. They’re an amazing club with a history that’s unbelievable.”
If you want you can read the entire interview here.