'Ghost Hunters' Haunts Sci Fi Again
Channel also introduces a famed British mentalist
The popular reality series that seeks to debunk or prove the presence of ghosts will return to the Sci Fi Channel for 13 episodes next year in its fourth season.
Those craving their phantom fix won't have to wait till then, however. The network will also run six bonus episodes this spring and six more to debut this fall to supplement the latest, highest-rated third season.
The 2006 season of the show ranked as the highest-rated and most-watched season in household ratings and all key demos. In addition, it was the first itme that audience numbers in these demos (18-49, 25-54) averaged more than 1 million viewers throughout its run.
Part of the past season's success can be attributed to the live special on Halloween night that took place over six hours. The event will return for a second annual live special this fall.
"Ghost Hunters" follows Roto Rooter employees/investigators Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson moonlighting as ghostbusters. With their TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) team, they seek out reported hauntings and use equipment to test moving furniture, bumps in the night, mysterious voices and eerie visages to determine their ghostly authenticity.
In other Sci Fi news, the channel will introduce six one-hour episodes of the Derren Brown Project, which will center on the fascinating and unexplained skills of British mentalist Derren Brown, who is described as "part James Bond, part Yoda." With just a few words, he can convince strangers on the street to give up their wallets, participate in a real-life video game or try to rob an armored car with what he describes as a mixture of suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship.