MYSTERY HUNTERS NEWS: Best & Worst Paranormal TV Shows 2017-UPDATED!
If you missed the first six episodes, you are not alone. WE network, which aired Ghosts In The Hood, made little effort in marketing and promotion to kick off the network trying out some paranormal programming.
The network was obviously looking to pull the audience away from Ghost Brothers as well as target an entirely new demographic. However, the Thursday night time slot made little to no sense. Both Ghost Adventures and Ghost Brothers were airing reruns, Fridays and Saturdays, when GITH debuted. So, Ghosts In The Hood could have easily gained a much larger audience had it been aired on the proper day and time. At the time of this publishing, there is no word on a season 2. Hopefully, if WEtv does not renew this show, another network will pick it up. It’s just that good.
Ghost Brothers arrived on the scene in 2016 with a not-so-subtle marketing ploy of the first all African-American cast which, of course, is stereotypically terrified of the supernatural and hang out in a barbershop. Unfortunately, despite the hyped up comedic relief promoting, the jokes felt forced and the scenes too staged. Poor editing was another issue, of season 1, which highlighted the overly staged scenes and dialog.
Ghost Brothers has just wrapped up its season 2, which was very disappointing. All of the problems with season 1 have been magnified instead of remedied. One major issue is the editing which has gone from bad to laughable. At least one episode listed as ”new” for season 2 was actually shown in season 1. Another episode shows the same footage of Dalen walking into a building twice at different times during the show. Continuity doesn’t seem to be in the vocabulary of the producers. They’ve also added a new ridiculous factor by using that absurd ‘stick figure’ mapping device (Kinect), which is popular on Ghost Adventures. And, the guys are still forcing their jokes but now they do it while wearing hot pink shoes and skinny Capri pants.
Kindred Spirits premiered in October of 2016. You may have recognized the two-person cast from the days of Ghost Hunters on SyFy. According to Jason Hawes, Amy Bruni and Adam Berry were indeed fired from GH despite Bruni’s repeated denials. The focus of Kindred Spirits seems to be private homes with children. Nearly every episode involves Adam’s ‘OMG, I’m so shocked’ face in a cafe, Amy sitting in a library to ‘research’ and both assuming the haunting is the ghost of someone that died miles away from the actual haunted location. Well, that makes sense right? The show has also featured known fraud Chip Coffey.
Kindred Spirits has now been renewed for another season. I have no idea why unless the network wants to torture us with two of the dullest people in ‘reality tv’ history. There is nothing interesting or entertaining about this show. If you have insomnia or the desire to become an alcoholic, I highly recommend playing Kindred Spirits on a loop.
Apparently, Destination America has given the Ghost Asylum boys another show called Haunted Towns. This is obviously a carbon copy of Nick Groff’s Ghosts Of Shepherdstown. Let’s hope the boys do a better job than Nick and Elizabeth and forego the fakery. Haunted Towns begins in Aug 2017.
Ghost Adventures is still here after all these years. Whether or not you like Zak Bagans, it’s difficult to argue that he doesn’t put on a good show. The GA crew seems to favor brothels and demons. More specifically, demon possessions as most episodes feature at least one cast member acting as if they have no control over their thoughts and behavior.
The weak links of GA would be trucker hats and Billy Tolley. Billy is often visibly uncomfortable in front of the camera, which is painful to watch. His acting is lacking, well, acting skills and he tends to overact because of these shortcomings. With their huge following of loyal fans, Ghost Adventures is sure to continue as long as Zak wants it to. It’s kind of hard to believe that just a short time ago Zak Bagans was a wedding DJ.
The Dead Files is still airing despite never actually showing evidence of, well, anything. It’s merely a visual account of science fiction short stories. Although Amy Allen isn’t really psychic, she is a pretty good actor. She’s appeared on other paranormal shows in the past, by herself and with a ghost hunting team, including A Haunting. Interestingly enough, Amy did not proclaim herself to be a physical psychic medium on any of her previous paranormal show appearances. She also stated, while on A Haunting, that she does not believe in demons. But now that she has her own show, there are demons and monsters everywhere!
Her husband Matt is the dude that follows her around with a hand-held camera. He’s never had any real purpose on the show since at least two other camera guys are there filming him filming Amy. But, I have enjoyed watching him try to hide the fact that he’s going bald over the last few seasons. He’s got a rather fierce comb-over going on. Well, it’s more of a comb-forward then slightly over ‘do. As far as the overall entertainment value of DF, I’d go with Paranormal Witness or My Haunted House for first-hand storytelling.
Mountain Monsters is technically a ‘paranormal’ show but they didn’t hunt a ghost until this last season. At least I think it was a ghost they were looking for towards the end. Mountain Monsters went from being a fun show to watch while drunk to being a chaotic mess of random dangerous gun toting folks, Bigfoot creatures with odd nicknames, phantom women wandering around aimlessly, secret codes and ransom notes, Halloween masked men, a plethora of arguments and physical fights, drunken rednecks building bonfires, and a lot of bandanas.
There’s not much more to write about because I can honestly tell you, I have no idea what’s going on or why. I do know, something stronger than alcohol will be needed for next season.
Paranormal Lockdown is Nick Groff’s latest attempt to take the spotlight away from Zak Bagans. His castmate, Katrina Weidman, was formerly on Paranormal State, which was canceled after several lawsuits by clients claiming Ryan Buell (and cast/including Chip Coffey & Katrina) fabricated much, if not all, of their stories.
Nick’s previous show was called Ghost Stalkers, which was arguably the worst paranormal show to date with its blatant fakery, over-the-top dramatized scenes, Chad screaming and freaking out every 2 seconds and really bad acting.
As with Ghost Brothers, all of Nick Groff’s attempts have also fallen victim to poor editing and ridiculous staging. At one point during an episode of Paranormal Lockdown, Nick and Katrina are walking around in the middle of the day and Nick tells her to hurry and switch the cameras to night vision before they check out a noise. Why do you need night vision in the middle of the day? Because it’s a hundred times easier to fake ‘evidence’ and scenes when the viewer can’t see what’s really going on. The guest appearance by one of the biggest frauds in the field Grant Wilson (Ghost Hunters) didn’t help to ”legitimize” the show.
The premise of Paranormal Lockdown was originally Nick and Katrina, by themselves, at a location for three days. However, they have at least one camera guy with them which was obvious from the start. Subsequently, the promos have since abandoned the ‘just the two of us alone’ spiel. The duo rarely investigates anything during the morning or afternoon, unless going with night vision to fool you, so what is the point of sleeping there exactly? It doesn’t appear that either one of these ”paranormal investigators” has learned anything from the past other than how to lie better. Which obviously works since networks keep hiring them.
Ghosts Of Shepherdstown is another Nick Groff fantasy that has shockingly been renewed. It’s almost as absurd as Ghost Stalkers. The viewers are led to believe that the show encompasses an entire town and its residents, all of whom apparently call 911 when they see a ghost. Seems reasonable, right? I know I always call 911 when I have paranormal activity. The only time I call Ghost Hunters is when I have plumbing issues.
Shepherdstown is hands down the most fabricated paranormal show. This ”non-scripted” reality show is most definitely scripted. Actors are also used as well as Nick’s infamous fakery, which you can see in the videos above and below plus via this article HERE. Elizabeth Saint is his sidekick and also a professional actor. Let me put my ‘surprised’ face on, not. Ghosts Of Shepherdstown is reminiscent of a low-budget grad student’s thesis film project but not nearly as interesting.
It’s the sheer laziness of the Head of Development that keeps these notorious frauds in the paranormal field employed. The networks bank on the name and really don’t care that the shows are garbage. Unless a network, along with their Head of Development, decides to stray from the tired old formula and format of ghost hunting shows, the future looks bleak for the genre.
Watching cast members stop in the middle of investigating to talk directly to the camera and reiterate what we just watched and heard, is not only stale but beyond tedious. New ideas and new formats are needed for paranormal investigative shows to continue entertaining the masses. Which brings us to the land of the Internet webseries as an alternative:
Some of the team’s adventures include traveling to a former convent to chat with lesbian nuns, contacting the ghosts of young gay prisoners incarcerated for sodomy in the 1900s and visiting with the spirits of gay patients in asylums that were placed there due to their sexual preference. Perhaps this docuseries, and others like it, will open the eyes of television networks and we’ll get new and inclusive paranormal TV shows in the near future. Queer Ghost Hunters season 2 has just begun on their Youtube channel.
If you’re like me and find holding your breath for new and original paranormal programming to be an exercise in futility, let’s skip down the yellow brick road to the days of yesteryear and enjoy some of the best paranormal TV show concepts to date. First up is Scariest Places On Earth starring Linda Blair…
Next we have MTVs Fear…
And, Leonard Nimoy hosting In Search Of…
Written by MH
On – 03 Jul, 2017 By Mystery Hunters