Stranger Things star Jake Busey got a personal glimpse at the upside down. R.J. Mitte of Breaking Bad experienced a horror greater than learning meth-kingpin Heisenberg was his father. Aubrey O’Day of Danity Kane encountered a creature as terrifying as Donald Trump Junior. Steve Guttenberg endured terror greater than all the Police Academy movies combined. Celebrities will share paranormal encounters on the upcoming Travel Channel series Famously Afraid. The new series premieres Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 10 p.m.
“Hollywood is no stranger to stories of the unexplained being played out on the big screen,” reads the press statement. “But behind the scenes, some celebrities experience encounters with the unknown that are all too real. From haunted houses to real UFO sightings, to demonic possessions and beyond, these stories show that even celebrities can get spooked.”
“For many of these celebrities, it is the first time they are choosing to share their personal accounts with the paranormal,” Travel Channel general manager Matthew Butler said in a statement. “From unexplainable encounters to strange run-ins with spirits, even superstars can have terrifying experiences with the supernatural.”
Each episode will listen as three celebrities discuss their run-ins with the paranormal and “prove that no one is safe from the bizarre, unexplainable and frightening mysteries that lurk around every corner,” according to the press statement. The series will feature celebrity interviews along with testimony from additional witnesses.
The premiere episode will show how a malevolent spirit targeted the young daughter of America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel. Queer as Folk actor Hal Sparks will link a childhood encounter with aliens to one of his first entertainment jobs. The final segment will follow former Dance Moms stars Christi and Chloe Lukasiak through a tour of New Orleans’ infamous LaLaurie Mansion which “left them both scared beyond belief.”
Season one includes accounts from Richie Ramone of the Ramones, Geraldo Rivera, Chris Kattan (Saturday Night Live), Montel Williams (The Montel Williams Show), Kate Flannery (The Office), R.J. Mitte (Breaking Bad), , Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy), Tori Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Ed Lover (Yo! MTV Raps), Todd Bridges (Diff’rent Strokes), Willie Ames (Eight is Enough), Brandi Glanville (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Patti Stanger (The Millionaire Matchmaker), John Melendez (The Howard Stern Show), Parker Stevenson (The Hardy Boys) Ty Pennington (Trading Spaces), Fred Williamson, Amber Rose, Angie Everhart, and Daisy Fuentes (America’s Funniest Home Videos).
Famously Afraid premieres Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel.
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.