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TruTV bar 'swap' show with Holy Frijoles airs Wednesday

Holy Frijoles owner Geoff Danek takes over Frederick's on Fleet in an episode of "Barmadeddon."
Holy Frijoles owner Geoff Danek takes over Frederick's on Fleet in an episode of "Barmadeddon." (Screen shot/TruTV)

Holy Frijoles in Hampden is the subject of a cable TV show airing Wednesday night on the TruTV network.

The one-hour show, titled "Barmageddon," is a variation of "Wife Swap," the reality show in which two very different kind of families exchange matriarchs. In "Barmageddon," it's the owners of very different bars who are swapped out.

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In the Baltimore episode, which taped in January, Holy Frijoles owner Geoffrey Danek took his laid-back management style to Frederick's on Fleet for three nights of filming, while Frederick's part-owner Jim Saufley, a part-time boxing coach, brought his stricter style to Hampden.

The Baltimore episode is the pilot, which partly explains the long gap between taping and airing. A TruTV spokeswoman said the episode is a "sneak peek" of the series before it launches in December.

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In a clip from the show on the TruTV website, Danek is seen alienating the gang at Frederick's when he tries to remove a stuffed deer head from the bar's wall.

We don't know how the show determines which bar owner is the winner. We do know that Frederick's on Fleet closed in the spring and that Holy Frijoles is still open.

Holy Frijoles was having a viewing party on Wednesday night, Danek said. The episode will air at 10 p.m.

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