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Hunting mountain monsters requires hat, beard, torch, TV ratings

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Destination America renews Mountain Monsters for season five. Why, when they have never found anything? Well see for yourself, it’s quite obviou$. The fourth season finale of MOUNTAIN MONSTERS on April 16, 2016 ranks as Destination America’s #1 telecast ever among HH, P2+, and M25-54 in L+3 delivery. HH is a rating/share based on the…

Bigfoot Captured breaks History: Channel continues to fake out viewers

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WOW! History Channel pulled a “Mermaids” gimmick. Why would they sabotage their credibility? Oh wait, ever since it became the “Hitler” Channel a while ago, it’s been heading downhill. According to this review of their latest special program, Bigfoot Captured, a “shameful fake documentary” about Bigfoot, it’s hit rock bottom. Reviewer Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine takes the…

Sweet Satan! It’s Exorcism EXTRAVAGANZA! (UPDATE: Snoozefest)

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UPDATE (editor) (2-Nov 2015): How did the broadcast go? Ratings are not in yet for cable but they WERE facing a World Series game and America’s Next Top Model. Both shows seemed to be more exciting according to reviews from Variety and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Hopefully, they won’t try such blatant sensationalism nonsense…

Self-styled “psychic medium” John Edward to return to TV

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In “what the HELL are they thinking” news, medium John Edward may have scored another TV show. Deadline reports that Edward is partnering with a production company on a new paranormal series. The show is tentatively called “One Last Time” and will feature “Edward randomly reading a group of families looking to connect with their lost…

Destination America now the haven of paranormal programming

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Last year at this time, SyFy gave up the ghost on new paranormal programming. That slack has been taken up with a vengeance by Destination America, a cable and satellite channel owned by Discovery Communications that features lifestyle, historical and travel programming focusing on the culture of the United States. From their lineup, paranormal themes play a huge…

The great and Doctorful Oz changing his show tune

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After he was grilled in congress and faced critical professional backlash, Dr. Oz met with physicians groups across the country to see what he could to fix his TV doctor reputation. Apparently, what he learned will result in changes to his show, about to enter its 7th season. What he didn’t realize was how he’d…

Popular “medium” Colin Fry passes away

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TV medium Colin Fry dies aged 53 Fry appeared on several British TV shows, notably Most Haunted, one of the most influential shows in the “reality paranormal” genre. Fry died of lung cancer. He was one of the rare physical mediums in the 1990s. That is, the “Spirit operators” use their psychic energy to produce manifestations such as noises, objects…

Dear John Oliver: Preach it, brother

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John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight takes it to greedy televangelists and those preaching the “prosperity Gospel” and “seeding”. Give money (seed) to get money. And people give… But it gets worse, some preachers push faith healing and collect money for their claims that God will heal. And people give… Oliver exposes the bizarre legality…

Another new psychic show – The Last Goodbye

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In “TV is rubbish” news, I’m afraid there is yet another series promoting a “grief vampire”. In each episode of “The Last Goodbye,” viewers will follow Rebecca as she looks to bring people together with the spirits of those they’ve lost to help resolve the questions that death has left behind. Loved ones, who never…

Chip Coffey and WraithChasers to air exorcism of some random house

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Who wants to take bets this will be ultra-dramatic and incredibly stupid? Well, those are even odds. This story reeks of nothing but bald-faced money grubbing and sensationalism. Source: Exorcism: Live! Destination America to air first live televised exorcism | EW.com EW can exclusively reveal that Destination America will air the first live televised exorcism…

Williams regrets ‘psychic’ Browne’s erroneous prediction on his show

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Good for you, Montel. But this lesson should extend further. Montel Williams apologizes to Amanda Berry for psychic’s incorrect prediction | fox8.com. Former talk show host Montel Williams has issued an apology to Amanda Berry for a psychic prediction on his show that turned out to be wrong. Sylvia Browne appeared on The Montel Williams show…

Kerfuffle at Penn State over psychic TV show

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First there was paranormal investigator Ryan Buell who capitalized on his affiliation with Penn State (starring in Paranormal State), now the school is promoting another student as a psychic medium for a new TV show. Oh, wait, not really… Reality check: Penn State junior to star in ABC Family show | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ms. Ten-Kate,…

Will TV be less worse from now on? We are skeptically optimistic!

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We’re seeing a trend. First, Cosmos does well. Then, SyFy announces that they will cut development on “reality” paranormal shows. Now there is news that Neil DeGrasse Tyson is getting his OWN TV TALK SHOW and the new Discovery Channel president is saying some very interesting and positive things. This may be something… As we linked…

Media violence correlated to societal violence: An actual scientific controversy

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Experts disagree: violent content in media correlates/does not correlate to violent behavior. No link found between movie, video game violence and societal violence. Since the 1920s, scholars and politicians have blamed violence in movies and other media as a contributing factor to rising violence in society. Recently the responses to mass shootings in Aurora, CO…

No more paranormal un-reality shows on SyFy

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It looks like silly paranormal shows will not have an outlet at Syfy anymore. Good. Perhaps this will finally kill the genre that promotes paranormal belief with shoddy “evidence” and dubious anecdotes. Syfy plans to lure you back with these 5 shows | Inside TV | EW.com. We had a long run with paranormal shows…

Young, female audience tunes in to Ghost Adventures

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What demographic does Ghost Adventures appeal to? What’s YOUR guess? Travel Channel Tells Ghost Stories to Young, Female Audience. Time shifting has helped Travel Channel grow the audience for Ghost Adventures, with the series’ most recent season clocking in as one of its most watched ever in total viewers. In its ninth season, Ghost Adventures—which…

Coffey brushes off those annoying skeptics and concentrates on his fan$

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You know what? I’ve always thought Chip Coffey was yucky. No change now. He’s also a coward to continually dodge calls for him to show actual evidence for the ridiculous claims he makes. Why should he? He’ll just continue to enjoy the 300K people on his Facebook fan page and the many guest appearances he makes. Skeptics don’t…

Cosmos series irritates those who hold anti-science ideas

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The new Cosmos reboot is generating some waves for sure. Creationists have a beef with the exclusion (even derision) of the God concept while teachers are excited to have interesting science content for their classes. Now, climate change deniers might get a little broiled over the latest episode to air. New Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroys…

Discovery wild speculation channel presents… Killed by Yeti

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The Dyatlov Pass Incident: Was it Death by Yeti? Discovery Network continues their quest to be tops in science fiction. They are succeeding! A press release announces a 2-hour special investigating an actual unsolved mystery. And they know that when you can’t explain something, it just might be paranormal. This time, instead of UFOs or government…

Now I’m getting suspicious… Another case of COSMOS interruptus

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There was this story about a glitch in the Cosmos broadcast earlier this week. I figured, hey, mistakes happen. Never assume malice when incompetence is more likely. Well… do they happen with other programs? (Yes) The news media and forums are pointing out the Cosmos effect seems to be disproportionate and occurs in distinct cultural…

Ghost Hunters unwelcome in Connecticut

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Is the novelty wearing off? Local spot denies the TAPS crew access for an episode.‘Ghost Hunters’ filming denied – NewsTimes. The Fairfield Hills Authority voted against letting a crew film from “Ghost Hunters” paranormal television series film an episode in some of the remaining 11 buildings. “It would just be too disruptive,” said authority member…