A&E is getting back into the supernatural world of ghost hunting in just a few weeks. The network greenlit five shows, including a revival of the popular series “Ghost Hunters.” The other supernatural-focused shows include reimagined versions of “Psychic Kids” and “Celebrity Ghost Stories,” and a brand new series currently going by the name “Trey the Texas Medium.” A&E is topping it all off with a two-hour special called “World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt,” which is also a working title.
“A&E has been on the forefront of programming in the paranormal space and with that success, we have been eager to bring the genre back to the network for some time,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming, A&E Network. “Each of these series has a unique point of view, but will collectively give our audience a window into a world of spellbinding stories that have to be seen to be believed.”
The network confirmed that “Ghost Hunters” returns on August 21st. The series, which ran for 11 seasons, will follow one of the original team leaders, Grant Wilson, and his handpicked group of professional ghost hunters as they use their field experience to investigate hauntings across the country.
The network teased the new season adding, “Engaging forensic experts, historical records and the most innovative technology available, the new squad will help everyday people who are struggling with unexplained supernatural phenomena. The team is committed to discovering the truth to give relief to those plagued by paranormal activity and will follow the evidence they uncover wherever it may lead.”
“Psychic Kids” will immediately follow “Ghost Hunters” after its premiere. In eight all-new episodes, the reboot brings back the children from the show’s run ten years ago. Now adults, the stars are working with a new generation of young psychics alongside trained licensed therapists. The network added, “They will spend time with the children and their families to assist them in not only taking control of their paranormal abilities but also showing them the remarkable power of their immense gifts.”
“Trey the Texas Medium” follows Trey Ganem, who creates one of a kind, custom caskets. The official description for the show reads, “While refining his skills as a master carpenter, Trey cultivated his deeper talent of mediumship. His special gift first manifested as a child, but was not encouraged by his parents. When Trey’s business brought him closer to those grappling with death, he realized his ability to speak to the dead could be put towards a higher purpose.”
The series has been greenlit for 12 episodes set to premiere this Fall.
“Celebrity Ghost Stories” follows Kim Russo of “The Haunting Of” fame. Kim invites celebrity guests back to the sites of their alleged paranormal experiences for a reunion with ghosts of their past. The series has been greenlit for six episodes set to premiere this Fall.
The big special, “World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt,” is the longest continuously filmed paranormal investigation in television history according to the network. Five paranormal investigators are locked inside the legendary Pennhurst Asylum in Pennsylvania for two weeks to document unexplained recent reports of paranormal activity.
The network explains the special adding, “From 1908 to 1987, the 110-acre hospital had more than 10,000 residents, mostly children, confined in the most brutal conditions. Pennhurst is known as one of the most haunted locations in the United States, but recently, workers at the site have reported a sharp uptick in paranormal activity including mysterious noises and voices while others claim they were being physically attacked by spirits.” A&E continues, “Determined to get to the bottom of these claims, the owner has granted the team of investigators unprecedented access to the entire property including areas of the asylum that are closed to the public.”
The two-hour special is set to premiere this Fall.
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