Boy, That's Gotta Hurt!

Call it "Tumor TV" or "Help! I've fallen and I've got a 12-inch metal spike through my head."

But please don't call it tasteless, says the producer of a new Fox (search) special, "101 Things Removed from the Human Body."

"These are stories of survival, these are stories about people," said veteran reality producer, Eric Schotz.

"'Dateline' does it all the time and no one threatens them," he says. "They just never put it all together" into one show.

More than a decade in the making, "101 Things" consists of cringe-inducing footage and still photos of accident scenes, X-rays of strange objects in places they ought not be — and the stories behind them.

It all started 14 years ago when Schotz says he saw in The Post a photo of Julio Castillo, a teen from Queens who impaled himself on an iron spike while trying to scale a fence in pursuit of a baseball.

"It has been one of those weird things that you hang on to," he said.

For Schotz — who's known for producing more high-brow medical reality shows for the Discovery Channel (search) (and somewhat less-noble endeavors like NBC's "Race to the Alter") — the file he started with Castillo's photo eventually became the project that airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. begins with this unusual disclaimer: "The people profiled all survived."

"We have doctors come on to give it credibility," said Schotz.

"It's just not a freak show of accidents. What the doctors and the people in this do is give it some form of perspective that let's you relate to a human. So, because it happened to an individual that you know something about, the story takes on a different bend.

"It still doesn't lose any of its tabloid appeal," he adds quickly. "If that's what [viewers] are into, we'll deliver that in spades."

To reach the lofty number of 101 items in just one hour, producers offer details about a handful of stories, but list the rest.

"We have this belief that if you're covering your face with your hands, then you can't use your remote control and we'll get a better rating," he said.

The show lavishes special attention to freak accidents and natural horrors and then investigates a wide range of self-inflicted woes including the jewel thief who hides a diamond necklace in the deepest darkest place imaginable.