Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Syfy greenlights new paranormal shows - cancels 'Ghost Hunters International,' 'Fact or Faked,' 'Destination Truth'?

Expect a lot more paranormal activity on the Syfy network in the coming year - but don't expect a few familiar shows to be returning.

The channel announced in a press release today that it greenlit Ghost Mine, Stranded and Notorious Hauntings - three new paranormal-themed reality shows to premiere in the first part of 2013. According to Syfy, the shows build upon the net's "popular paranormal reality programming block led by Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Witness and Haunted Collector."

Ghost Mine, premiering Jan. 16 at 10 p.m., focuses on a re-opened, supposedly haunted gold mine where "a colorful team of miners" seek fortune alongside a group of paranormal investigators - on hand to explore the ghostly activity and Masonic connections. Stranded, premiering Feb. 27 at 10 p.m., is produced by Destination Truth's Josh Gates (who also serves as showrunner) and Ping Pong Productions (Destination Truth, Finding Bigfoot), and follows teams of three dropped into famously haunted locales. The teams' experiences will be documented with handheld cameras and stationary cams to create a blend of a POV and docudrama.

Then there is Notorious Hauntings (premiering Spring 2013), produced by Pilgrim Studios - the production company behind the Ghost Hunters franchise. A globetrotting paranormal investigative show, the Notorious Hauntings team uncovers history and explores claims of paranormal activity at locations such as Dracula's stomping grounds in Romania and the sites of Jack the Ripper's murders in London.

Notorious Hauntings sounds similar to another international ghost hunting Syfy show produced by Pilgrim ... called Ghost Hunters International. And Mike Nichols, who has exec-produced GH and GHI, also produces Notorious. For a while now it has seemed that GHI - also produced by GH's Jason Hawes - wouldn't be returning, but this puts the nail in that ghost show's coffin.

Following Ghost Hunters Academy, this is the second GH show that appears to be cancelled. After a rotating cast of investigators, coupled with the fact that they haven't filmed any episodes for more than a year (and that last season's ratings were weak), it is reasonable to expect a GHI reboot. But even though GH remains a strong ratings performer (and was recently renewed for season nine), does Pilgrim and Syfy's scrapping of the GHI name suggest a move away from GH as a franchise?

Additionally, it is noteworthy that Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files and Destination Truth are absent from Syfy's list of "popular paranormal reality programming block." Through omission, the announcement of three new shows reads like a de facto cancellation notice of three other shows - all while reinforcing Syfy's continued commitment to the paranormal.

Of course, this could be reading too much into the press release and maybe we can expect to see more of Kris Williams and Barry FitzGerald's GHI team, as well as Ben Hansen's Fact or Faked crew. Whatever the case, Truthies out there can take comfort that at least Josh Gates, who has become a trusted pitch man for the entire net, will still be with Syfy - even if behind the scenes. Then again, this is the TV biz, folks; even cancelled shows can come back from the dead to haunt another day.

So what do you think? Are you a diehard GHI, DT or FoF fan who is riled up over the announcement? Are you stoked to see these new shows?

-Aaron Sagers


annaliesje said...

I am seriously, super excited for the gold mine series..I grew up in Idaho so I have been to a lot of cool ghost towns. My dad is also a gold miner and sells equipment. I think it is sad about the other shows but wish that SYFY would not leave their fans hanging, not telling us anything. I think we get the hint on which shows are leaving. Would be refreshing to see an all girl ghost hunting team on Syfy..hmmm Pink Kitty Paranormal?? Now that's paranormal!

Sandydc said...

I wish SyFy would just go ahead and announce what the fates of those shows might be since I know cast and crew are patiently waiting.

Canceled or not, it's disrespectful to those who follow and those who made the shows not to give us an answer.

Ashley said...

I always hated the show Fact or Faked.....every single case they went to investigate came across was just plain stupid investigating skills. My eleven year old son could have done a better job at proving some of the cases as Faked! And when a case did look semi possibly being truthful, the people on the show botched the case in the end anyway. Horrible horrible show! RIP F or F!

Jim said...

I definitely won't be missing fact or faked paranormal files, that show was horrible. But I will miss the other two GHI and Destination Truth. Love Ghost Mine and Stranded and I wouldn't miss Haunted Collector. Keep up the great effort.

John said...

Stranded is horrible. Gold Mine is OK. Ghost Hunters seems to be unoganized w/o Grant. Fact or Faked was just plain stupid, like Stranded. 1 episode of Stranded was all I could stand. Bring Back GHI & Destination Truth

samhayne13 said...

I'm not a fan of GHI, but I am a huge fan of Destination Truth and Fact or Faked. Mostly cause these 2 shows strike me as being a little more honest then the Ghost Hunter franchise. I would definitely want DT and FOF to come back. They could cancel Ghost Hunters with International for all I care.

valkyrie said...

I am excited to see if fact or fake will come back and I can't wait for haunted highway to come back on July 24. But I'm Sad to see GHI least bring back Kris williams to ghost hunters...or give her a show. I will watch it

cdc21b34-b928-11e2-a88b-000bcdcb2996 said...

Good riddance to gHI. Talk about the biggest snorefest. They'd be lucky if they got EvP's, which is ALL they ever got.

Of course leave it to "Stand Back! It's dangerous, I known about Fairies and Elves!" Barry to make a mountain out of molehills everywhere they go. That goes to all the previous posters talking trash about Stranded, FoF, but loving Ghost Mine, the most appalling pre-produced manufactured 'Paranormal' Reality TV show ever."Help, our lights went out and we're stuck in the mine, but we have a camera crew filming us!"

Stranded could be good if we could actually trust that the banging noises and movements aren't done by production crew off camera, conveniently also not showing things moving on there own even when there's a stationary camera set up to watch it (I'm looking directly at the prison episode with the revolving door that had a camera setup to watch it and no proof of it moving on its own).

I'm definitely disappointed that FoF nor DT aren't coming back currently while we get stuck with White Trash Paranormal, I mean Deep South Paranormal. Absolutely horrible show. I guess SyFy wants to capitalize on the Redneck reality Craze of Ax-Men, Swamp People, Sons of Guns, etc.

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Edward Schneider said...

FOF: keep-they test the webs best vids, paranormal & other, for truth or lie, great. GH: keep-though a little unorganized w/o Grant it is still great. DT: keep-travel the world for truth to legends, paranormal & other, great. PW: keep-stories from real ppl who have had paranormal experiences, great. GHI: scrap-sad to see it go, but they never seem to catch anything, put Kris back on GH. GM: scrap-boring. DSP: scrap-boring. Stranded: scrap-boring. Notorious: haven't seen, can't say yea or nay. HC: scrap-not boring, but not real exciting. WOW- haven't seen, can't say yea or nay. HH: toss up- need to see more before a yea or nay.

Teresa Jackson said...

Syfy is taking off all the good shows and putting on these crappy shows. I love Ghost hunters both of them and I love deep south paranormal and destination truth ghost mine is great and I like haunted collector. I don't like helix its stupid and opposite worlds faceoff yuck creature shop and naked Vegas who cares awful. Well I'm going to find another favorite channel got to say bye to syfy they've took off my favorite shows.