Friday Update: Filming is going to be delayed until further notice, Spike TV spokesman Salil Gulati said.
Another nightlife cable show is coming to Baltimore. After IFC's "Young, Broke & Beautiful" and HDNet's "Drinking Made Easy," the Spike TV show "Bar Rescue" will film at Fells Point's J.A. Murphy's this week.
The show, a kind of "Kitchen Nightmares" for bars, helps upgrade "failing establishments."
Host Jon Taffer, a restaurant and bar consultant who has an "in-your-face style and renowned method of management called "Taffer Dynamics," gets involved with every aspect of a bar's business - menus, interior design, staff - to "transform outmoded bars into vibrant, profitable establishments," according to a press release from the network.
J.A. Murphy's isn't an obvious candidate for a face-lift.
The bar's been open since 2009, closing only once temporarily last summer to fix its A/C system. At the time, owner Keith Murphy said he took the time to to do a light renovation.
But, the owners were one of 260 bars to apply to be featured on the show this season, said Spike TV spokesman Salil Gulati.
Other people in Baltimore must feel the bar needs an update, Gulati said, judging by some of the catty reviews left on the bar's Yelp page.
The bar, which had already been told it was a finalist, was officially notified on Tuesday night, Gulati said.
"Bar Rescues" will take over Murphy's from Thursday to Saturday, with the bar shutting down Friday for its actual renovation. It'll re-open Saturday with a "reveal" party.
"Young, Broke & Beautiful," a budget travel show, filmed around Baltimore last Spring, including performances at the Bell Foundry by Dan Deacon and the Creepers.
Also last year, "Drinking Made Easy," another travel show that focuses on nightlife, filmed inside Horse You Came in on Saloon, Abbey Burger Bistro and Mr. Rain's Fun House.
"Bar Rescue" will air sometime in the Spring or early Summer, Gulati said. The network has not yet set a date.
(This post was updated to clarify Spike TV's selection process)Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun