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Ghost Hunters International Premieres #1 Reality Series Telecast in SCI FI Channel History! January 10, 2008

Congrats big time the GHI team for their huge debut! The Futon Critic has the official network press release with how well the show did in its debut this week. Airing before the show were the two episodes where the GH team went to St. Augustine , Florida and worked with Florida TAPS member Robb Demerest who is the senior investigator leading the new international team. Familiar faces were mixed with some new ones and the show was off to a rousing start. I had previously reported how excited I was that the Ghost Hunters family would be covering some of the most familiar sites in Europe for those of us who love the haunted tv programming genre. Chillingham did not disappoint and the first outing by the team was definitely a success. Like always- they were not ones to jump to any conclusions but they did gather some compelling evidence supporting paranormal activity in these most haunted places.

Next time on GHI

Posted to Super Goodness by kateblake_2000 on January 10, 2008

More on SCI-FI.com with the team-

GHOST HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL Webpage http://www.scifi.com/ghi/

International Explores Haunted U.K. http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=47111

International Keeps Open Mind http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=47030

Miss the episode? In the U.S view online on SCIFI.com

[01.10.08 – 03:15 PM]
‘GHOST HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL’ DEBUTS AS THE #1 REALITY SERIES TELECAST IN SCI FI CHANNEL HISTORY!
Released by Sci Fi
[NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.]

‘GHOST HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL’ DEBUTS AS THE #1 REALITY SERIES TELECAST IN SCI FI CHANNEL HISTORY!SCI FI is #1 Cable Network in For the NightNew York, NY January 10, 2008 Cementing the immensely popular Ghost Hunters as the #1 paranormal franchise in cable, SCI FI’s spin-off series Ghost Hunters International debuted to record-breaking ratings on Wednesday night. The series premiere delivered a 2.0 Household rating, 1.765 million Adults 18-49, 1.733 million Adults 25-54 and 2.8 million total viewers, making it the most-watched telecast of any alternative reality series in the history of the Channel.* In addition:–SCI FI was the #1 cable network in primetime (8pm-11pm) on Wednesday for both Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54–Ghost Hunters International bested broadcast competition head-to head, including a new episode of Gossip Girl on the CW (in both Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54) as well as Fox in Males 18-49–The debut of Ghost Hunters International makes the Ghost Hunters franchise the ultimate paranormal destination in cable, besting the top-performing 2007 episodes of Paranormal State and Criss Angel MindfreakLast night’s episode of Ghost Hunters International featured investigations at the infamous Chillingham Castle in England and through the vaults and tunnels of Mary King’s Close in Scotland. Next week, the team descends into the macabre depths of the Abbey at Lucedio, near Turin, Italy, to unlock the secrets behind the legends that make up the Abbey’s lurid 1400-year history. Then, a trip to Wales takes them to the legendary Nanteos Mansion, which lore dictates to be the one-time resting place of the Holy Grail.Like their U.S. counterpart, TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), Ghost Hunters International is a squad of real-life “ghost-busters” – ordinary people who investigate and attempt to debunk claims of otherworldly activity. The new team will travel to different European cities each week in pursuit of the truth behind bizarre supernatural claims. Comprised of veteran TAPS investigators Robb Demarest, Andy Andrews, Brian Harnois, and Donna La Croix, along with Barry Fitzgerald (memorable from the Ghost Hunters’ legendary investigations in Ireland) and newcomer Shannon Sylvia, the Ghost Hunters International crew is primed to uncover some of the most startling paranormal evidence yet! Ghost Hunters International airs Wednesdays at 9 PM on SCI FI, and Ghost Hunters will return with Season 4 in March 2008.Ghost Hunters International is produced in association with Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Films and Television (American Chopper, Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Rob Katz and Alan David, serve as executive producers.SCI FI Channel is a television network where “what if” is what’s on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.###

*Of a regular series episode. Excludes the 10/31/2007 airing of Ghost Hunters Live.

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8 Responses to “Ghost Hunters International Premieres #1 Reality Series Telecast in SCI FI Channel History!”

  1. Einar Swanson Says:

    I agree… Ghost Hunters International was the first paranormal show to bring at least some sense of reality to the field… It skips the drama in favor of some sense of looking for evidence of paranormal presence. Robb Demerest was particularly effective. He is a “real” investigator, not an actor, who is believable in what he says… Let’s see more of him!!!

  2. Einar Swanson Says:

    I agree; solid show, and the cast will just get better and better as they work together. Donna and Robb did a great job in giving the history of each location and organizing the reviewing the evidence. I’m a real skeptic and I appreciate their honesty in not finding ghosts at every turn! count me as a new fan!

  3. Annie Says:

    Love the new GHI team, tho I do feel that they need another Lead Investigator with Robb (Like Jason and Grant on Ghost Hunters). I don’t feel that Andy should be acting as a Lead Investigator. He is there for debunking and he is very good at it, but is not a great investigator. He tends to overreact (ex: The local investigation where the man hung himself in the attic and Andy couldn’t breath walking up the stairs. Even Jason looked peturbed and other TAPS members were saying he tends to blows stuff out of proportion. The lighthouse (where he saw a video on TV of Asian investigators trapped in a room) and he talked Jason and Grant into going and Jason ended up fishing because there was nothing go on there. The time Steve said you should have known better to Andy and he sulked the rest of the day like a little kid and kind of messed up the investigation because everyone was focused on him). Andy is a nice enough guy but he doesn’t have the right personality to lead the group. Brian is the best Ghost Hunter in the group. I know people have problems with him, but he is the only one who truly is not afraid. He was the only one who climbed under the Church after they were told there was a demonic under there. He is the only one who runs towards the ghost not away. (Yes I remember Penn State but everyone has a right to be startled once). I would consider making Brian the co-Lead. The new girl Shannon is very nice but if she doesn’t get a backbone soon I don’t see her making it. She is afraid of her own shadow. How she ever got involved in paranormal investigating is beyond me. Donna and Berry are solid. Robb is a good investigator but could use some acting lessons. I hope he gets better as time goes on. He doesn’t seem comfortable infront of the camera. That’s why he needs a co-lead, a buddy. I miss Jason and Grant. Last commit… Why do Andy and Donna get out of reviewing. Everyone should help with the grunt work.

  4. Andy and the lighthouse and all that was some time ago- I think the reason he is co-lead on the GHI team is because Robb has so little on camera experience. From what I gather while we haven’t seen much of Andy on camera he has been leading a lot of local TAPS investigations in New England while the guys have been on the road building up a lot of experience on his own much like the guys have started Steve doing.

    We will have to see how things go as the show progresses. I really like Barry and feel he has a lot to offer. I would like to see another really good European or maybe an Aussie or Kiwi join the team.

    Brian is a good investigator but communication is not his strong suit. I have forgiven him for his one lapse and agree he is fearless regarding going into the dark and nasty places.

    Donna doesn’t usually do data review because that is when she does her on site research regarding the legends the hosts tell just prior to the investigation.

    My fave hauntings show before ABC ruined it was the Fox Family Channel show World’s Scariest Places narrated by Linda Blair. It had a similar slant as GH- amateurs were given thermal imagers, EMF meters, cameras and thermometers as well as digital recorders to look for real evidence of hauntings. The results varied but some were pretty cool. Many of the sites the GHI team is visiting were first shown in the US on Scariest Places. I hope we get to see more of these really great European haunts. I especially want the team to go to Poveglia (sp?) the island off Venice where plague victims were sent to die.
    The monastery at Luchedia was shown on one of my favorite episodes ever- they sent in a family whose young teenage daughter totally freaked out in the room where Donna and Shannon were being approached an singled out. This young girl started crying and the investigation was over before it began.
    A family from Boston investigated Chillingham and got all kinds of activity as objects were moved and they got some EVPs. ABCF usually re-runs these at Halloween they are worth checking out. The VHS tapes of the series are BS- nothing great on them, they are from the ABCF version post The Blair Witch movie and have teens screaming at nothing.

  5. Kathie Courtney Says:

    Even though I really enjoy Ghost Hunters, I have to say I’m disappointed in Ghost Hunters International. The team seems very unprofessional with lots of “personal experiences” but not much evidence. The appeal of Ghost Hunters has always been the scientific approach, and there’s very little of that here. It’s like the producers chose the least professional of the cast for the new show. Unless it improves greatly, it will never be any competition for the original, and that’s too bad, considering the wonderful sites they have to investigate. I say, can the bunch of them and start again with a less hysterical cast.

  6. The whole something touched me bit doesn’t really do much for me either. I would prefer to see more hard evidence. That said they have managed to get some impressive EVPs in Europe including some that really point to intelligent hauntings vs much of the residual activity the GH team has captured in the American west. The photos the team got in Scotland at the old orphanage were great- and the type of evidence I would like to see more of. I loved the way the team debunked the great glowing ghosts in the courtyard in the rain at the manor house in Cornwall. No matter what your opinion is comparing them to the full TAPS team, GHI stands head and shoulders above all of the competing hauntings shows in the UK that have hystrionics with mediums and all kinds of unsupportable mumbo jumbo on a weekly basis.

    The team members who were chosen to go was based upon their skill sets and who was available. I would guess we will see the faces of GHI shuffled with each season as Jay and Grant give their trusted team members all the opportunity to travel should they want to.

  7. Drea Says:

    They made a huge mistake creating the team for GHI. First, placing Andy and Brian makes it seem like the TAPS team was looking to unload their people who don’t quite fit with their team, although I doubt this was the case. Brian whines a lot but he is fearless. So far it seems he has stopped his incessant whining, only time will tell. Andy is great at debunking, but he overreacts and is condescending; that makes it difficult to listen to him.

    Second, I think putting Shannon on the team was the biggest mistake. I understand that they address the issue that she was on an episode of ‘Paranormal State’, but the explanation leaves to many questions unanswered. The timing is off. On the first episode, she says she has investigated with the New England Paranormal Society for 3 years after hiring them to investigate her own home, yet she also hired the Penn State Paranormal Research Society? How many times do you need your home investigated, especially since she herself is an investigator? It takes away from the creditability of the team. I can only speculate that she has somehow “paid” her way onto the show.

  8. This team is comprised of WHO was available to go – that is it. Shannon worked with the guys friend Mike from New England Paranormal who has been on many GH investigations- I think they tought it would be nice if Donna wasn’t the only female on the trip as it was a 6 week trip through Europe and I can’t think of any female who would want to spend that long with no other woman to talk to to help balance things out.
    The shooting was in the early winter when plenty of other people had firm commitments and this was who they put together, I wouldn’t get too invested or worried about who is doing what- next season will have a whole new slate of investigators from the TAPS family. I am just happy the focus has been on the cases and not on the personalities and ongoing drama that the early seasons of GH had to contend with. I like the straight forward investigating and am finding the series to be fun to watch. Everyone is improving as the episodes go along- the castle in Slovakia was excellent- especially with the EVP of the guy who was the former lord of the castle. The debunking of the haunting in Germany was fun because the guy who worked there was so happy to be able to tell people it was not haunted and they should get married there without worries. This is what GH is all about.


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