Paranormal Witness renewed; because we obviously need more ghost drama in our lives

Paranormal Witness Renewed for a Second Season

Syfy has re-upped its frightening docudrama series Paranormal Witness for a second season. Production on the twelve-episode pick-up order has commenced and the series is currently scheduled to premiere in August 2012.

Paranormal Witness ranked as one of the top 10 new original cable series in the fourth quarter of 2011 among adults 18-49 (#7)

Paranormal Witness is a tense, filmic, high-octane drama-documentary series that brings to life the real stories of people who have lived through paranormal experiences that defy explanation.

Tip: Ghost TV Blogs

I haven’t watched this show so I can’t say how it is. But, the premise sounds like something I would hate. There are more than enough paranormal anecdote shows out there. Hell, that’s what they ALL are is anecdotes + manufactured drama. This show grabs about as many viewers as the typical paranormal show – between one and two million per episode. That’s not a lot for prime time but it’s a big deal for cable and it’s a worse deal for people who value critical thinking. Over a million people a week are exposed to ghost stories and a good proportion accept the stories as genuine. The ideas about the paranormal and supernatural become ingrained into our culture as something “normal”. Obviously, that’s a problem.

  2 comments for “Paranormal Witness renewed; because we obviously need more ghost drama in our lives

  1. Massachusetts
    December 20, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    1. . “Paranormal Witness is a tense, filmic, high-octane drama-documentary series – I think the show’s producers wrote this blurb. 🙂

    2. I think in our culture today the paranormal is definitely ingrained in many people’s minds as normal. Most people have a ghost story to tell, either their own or that of a friend. I know two very functional and intelligent people who recently related some rather way out paranormal events they insist they experienced first hand. And people who attend traditional churches (and that’s lots of people) are taught to believe in immortal souls and non human spiritual entities.

    3. I find these shows do tend to be quite repetitive. There’s a build-up, which is often the most entertaining part of the show and sometimes can be done well. This is always enjoyable in a horror story venue, but since they are claiming it’s true, there are some ethical issues to consider for sure. Then they simply have a big religious ceremony and the show ends.

  2. JoeBuddha
    December 21, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Glad they renamed it “Syfy” if they’re not doing science fiction…

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