Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 20th, 2010
Syfy announced it has ordered Paranormal Investigators, a new reality series that will follow a team of specialists as they attempt to uncover supernatural and paranormal occurrences caught on camera.
You all may have seen the pilot of the series with Jeff Meldrum and Bill Munns examining the Patterson-Gimlin footage on National Geographic.
Now the greenlighted series (six episodes) is currently slated to premiere Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 10PM ET/PT.
According to a press release from Syfy, the new hour-long series Paranormal Investigators (working title) was announced on Thursday by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. Paranormal Investigators will separate fact from fiction by scouring the web and traveling the world in an attempt to uncover the truth behind some of the most compelling, unexplained supernatural and paranormal occurrences caught on camera.
The series is executive produced by John Brenkus and Mickey Stern for BASE Productions, and is a co-production with Sci Fi Channel Europe LLC. The six episodes of Paranormal Investigators will begin production during spring 2010 and premiere summer 2010.
“Paranormal Investigators is a strong and natural fit for our growing Syfy reality slate and will be in great company alongside our successful Ghost Hunters franchise,” said Stern. “Our new partnership with BASE Productions is an exciting way to continue to grow our development mission of imagination based entertainment.”
The six-person team, led by former FBI Special Agent Ben Hansen, consists of Larry Caughlan, Jael de Pardo, Chi-Lan Lieu, Bill Murphy and Austin Porter. In each episode, the team will first analyze and debate potential cases by reviewing intriguing and unusual scenes and images captured on video and posted online by “eyewitnesses” from all over the world. The wide-ranging phenomena being investigated will include cryptozoology and creature sightings, as well as other unexplained topics.
After agreeing on which video warrants further investigation, the team will embark on a full investigation in order to try and explain the unexplainable, and dispel hoaxes from fact. They will try to recreate images, carry out scientific experiments, and search for clues and evidence using the latest technology and investigative techniques; in order to answer the question, “Is this real?”
“Paranormal Investigators (working title) will take viewers inside the creepy and mysterious world of paranormal behavior,” said Brenkus. “In each episode, investigators armed with the latest in high-tech equipment set out to uncover the truth behind compelling images, to dispel or prove their accuracy.”
BASE Productions, Inc. is a ten-time Emmy Award and sixteen-time IDEA Award-winning production company breaking new ground for cutting-edge reality, docusoap, documentary and unscripted infotainment programming. BASE has extensive resources and expertise in the use of advanced motion-capture and CGI technology, bringing a signature cinematic look and feel to all of its productions. BASE Productions is based in Los Angeles and Washington DC. The company was founded by John Brenkus and Mickey Stern. For more information, please visit www.BASEproductions.com
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 95 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Syfy. The network’s tagline is “Imagine greater.”
[It is noteworthy of mentioning that Josh Gates' Destination Truth and Ghost Hunters is on SyFy, so it remains to be see if there is any overlap with these programs.]