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Ventura to sniff out conspiracy plots

On his weekly radio show in 2002, Jesse Ventura smiles during the last year of his term as Minnesota governor. Later this year, he will star in a reality television show. File photo/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's reality television show is scheduled to debut later this year, and run for at least for seven episodes.

"Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura," scheduled for truTV, is produced by the folks who do "Hell's Kitchen" and "I Survived a Japanese Game Show." It was announced nearly a year ago, but only a pilot episode has been shot.

"We look forward to kicking off our truTV relationship with 'Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,' and there is no one better than Jesse Ventura to host a show dedicated to revealing the truth no matter how dangerous," Executive Producer Arthur Smith said.

Producers are saying little specific about the Ventura show, other than saying they will send him around the world to investigate conspiracies, but offered a tease: "Now, Jesse Ventura is about to face his greatest challenge yet: uncovering the most compelling plots and schemes."

Just seven episodes of the show have been ordered by the reality TV network.

A former professional wrestler, Ventura was a talk-radio show host and sports broadcaster before becoming Minnesota governor in 1999. He left after one four-year term, but during his time as governor he was color commentator on NBC, covering a football league that failed.

After leaving the governor's office, he starred in an MSNBC show that lasted two months.

Ventura now splits his life between living in a Twin Cities suburb and Mexico.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.