The paranormal is getting normalized on A&E Network, as they bring Ghost Hunters, Psychic Kids, and Celebrity Ghost Stories back to life, debut the new series Trey The Texas Medium, and throw the World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt.
A&E Network gave the green light to five compelling unexplained paranormal universe shows. “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.”
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Ghost Hunters was one of the most successful paranormal series of all time, terrifying and captivating fans for 11 seasons. Grant Wilson, one of the original team leaders, and “his handpicked group of professional ghost hunters as they use their decades of field experience to investigate hauntings across the country,” according to the official synposis.
The new squad includes co-lead investigator hypnotherapist Kristen Luman, and paranormal investigators Daryl Marston,Brandon Alvis, Mustafa Gatollari, Brian Murray and Richel Stratton. 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,” according to the synopsis. The new squad will help everyday people who are struggling with unexplained supernatural phenomena.
The series takes the testimony of forensic experts, historical records and the most innovative technology available. The series reboot has been greenlit for 20 episodes. Fifteen years after it brought authentic paranormal investigations into the world, Ghost Hunters returns to television on Wednesday, August 21 at 9 p.m.
Ten years ago, Psychic Kids “chronicled the journeys of children who were learning to control their extraordinary abilities – and it changed their lives,” according to the press statement. The original kids are now successful young adults who work to “empower a new generation of young psychics alongside trained licensed therapists.”
In eight all-new episodes, the former paranormal prodigies spend time with the children and their families to help them “in not only taking control of their paranormal abilities, but also showing them the remarkable power of their immense gifts.” Psychic Kids will premiere directly after Ghost Hunters, at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21
Later this year, A&E will premiere three additional series tackling the mysterious and captivating world of unexplained paranormal phenomenon.
Trey the Texas Medium centers on Trey Ganem, a successful businessman in Edna, Texas, who creates one-of-a-kind, custom caskets. “While refining his skills as a master carpenter, Trey cultivated his deeper talent of mediumship,” according to the official synopsis. “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. Using both of his talents, he brings messages of love that aid families in finding the closure needed to move forward.”
12 episodes of Trey the Texas Medium are set to premiere this Fall.
Celebrity Ghost Stories follows paranormal storyteller and world-renowned psychic-medium Kim Russo of The Haunting Of fame. Kim, whose abilities have only gotten stronger over time, is bringing some of the biggest names in entertainment back to the sites of their paranormal experiences for an unfiltered and, in some cases, dangerous reunion with the ghosts of their past. The series combines the thrill of ghost hunting with the emotion of psychic-medium readings to push the limits, showing a deeply raw and authentic side of some of America’s favorite celebrities. The series has been greenlit for six episodes set to premiere this Fall.
World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt is the longest continuously filmed paranormal investigation in television history. From 1908 to 1987, the 110-acre Pennhurst Asylum in Pennsylvania hospital had more than 10,000 residents, mostly children, confined in the most brutal conditions. The asylum is known as one of the most haunted locations in the United States. The two-hour special locked five paranormal investigators inside the legendary hospital for two weeks to document unexplained recent reports of paranormal activity.
Workers at the site recently reported a sharp uptick in paranormal activity, including mysterious noises and voices. Others claim they were being physically attacked by spirits. The owner granted the investigators unprecedented access to the property including areas of the asylum that are closed to the public. The team will hunt the “sprawling, spine-tingling property using their formidable skills and a wide array of top-notch tech gear to capture paranormal activity working to uncover the Asylum’s darkest secrets and help determine why the paranormal activity is spiking,” according to the synopsis.
World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt is set to premiere this Fall.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.