Syfy Channel’s Fact Or Faked: Paranormal Files, Ghost Hunters & Hollywood Treasure Get More Seasons

by on November 25, 2010

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Syfy Channel

The Syfy Channel orders more of its reality based programming for its fans by adding seasons for Ghost Hunters International, Fact or Faked: Parnormal Files & Hollywood Treasure.

The Syfy Channel has ordered up a second season of it’s “reality” show called Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.   In it, a team of people with experience in different fields of expertise band together and try to replicate events and videos of things that have been reported or video taped.  They take the same approach as Ghost Hunters does when they tackle a case, where they look at the issue from a point of view that is as pragmatic as possible and if something has an earthly explanation, they show us that perspective.

The team from Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files consists of a former FBI agent, scientist, a special effects man, a journalist, a photographer and stunt man.

Production for the series 2nd will commence in early 2011.

Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters International

Ghost Hunters International has had a third season ordered up an additional season of its Ghost Hunters franchise and the team can take their scientifically based explorative ghost hunting methods to the TV and our living rooms for yet one more season.

Hollywood Treasure also found itself an additional amount of episodes…  though initially surprised because its ratings weren’t that hot a period of time, Syfy has pulled together an interesting concept where both Syfy & Profiles in History can both benefit by airing their Hollywood memorabilia auctions, bring more attention to the processes than the usual method of sending press releases to website.  I’ve been writing about Profiles in History for a very long time both here and on other sites, but the subject alone isn’t a huge attention getter for a website, but regular readers have found the events at least interesting.  I believe the “interesting factor” is going up now that there is a good TV venue to tell the world about what they do and get a behind the scenes look at how they do it, from finding the objects they sell to the auctions themselves.

Press Release from Syfy:

SYFY ORDERS A NEW SEASON OF HIT REALITY SERIES FACT OR FAKED: PARANORMAL FILES AND ADDITIONAL EPISODES OF STANDOUT HOLLYWOOD TREASURE, GHOST HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL RENEWED FOR A THIRD SEASON

NEW YORK – November 19, 2010 – Syfy is ordering up additional episodes for three of its original reality programs. Hit series Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files has been renewed for a second season, twelve new half-hour episodes will be added to the current season of Hollywood Treasure and Ghost Hunters International will return for a third season.

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files was a breakout hit when Syfy launched its new bloc of reality programs this summer on Thursday nights. That success prompted an order for the six additional episodes currently airing on the channel. Since its premiere, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files has averaged a 0.7 household rating and 961,000 total viewers. The series features former FBI Special Agent Ben Hansen, lead scientist Bill Murphy, effects specialist Larry Caughlin, journalist Jael De Pardo, photography expert Chi-Lan Lieu and stunt expert Austin Porter as they attempt to uncover the truth behind some of the most fascinating paranormal videos ever taken.

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files currently airs on Thursdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT on Syfy.  The second season will commence production in early 2011.  Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files is executive produced by John Brenkus and Mickey Stern for BASE Productions, and is a co-production with Universal Networks International.

Hollywood Treasure, which premiered in October as Syfy’s best new reality franchise premiere in six years, introduced Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History and the world’s largest auctioneer of original movie, television and pop culture collectibles.   In the three weeks since its premiere, Hollywood Treasure has averaged a 0.9 household rating and 1,229,000 total viewers.

The half-hour alternative reality series currently airs new back-to-back episodes every Wednesday at 10:00 PM and 10:30 PM ET/PT on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure is produced by Shevick*Zupon Entertainment.  Jerry Shevick and Mark Zupon will return as executive producers.

In its second season, Ghost Hunters International has averaged a 1.4 household rating and 1,948,000 total viewers so far. Ghost Hunters International features a squad of paranormal investigators who use their principles of scientific techniques to explore some of the most legendary haunted spots around the world.  The series will return to conclude its second season with seven all new episodes beginning Wednesday January 5, 2011 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.  Investigations will include visits to Hamlet’s Castle in Denmark, the Castle of Nuremberg, the Huissen House of Horror in the Netherlands and the Petrovaradin Fortress in Serbia.  Barry FitzGerald leads the team of investigators, which includes newest member Ghost Hunters’ Kris Williams from TAPS.

Ghost Hunters International is produced in association with Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Films and Television (Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter, My Fair Wedding).  Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Rob Katz and Alan David, serve as executive producers.  Production on the third season will begin in early 2011.

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Bruce Simmons November 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Right Shelley. I couldn’t help but notice the attention brought to some specific, cooperative auctions that Syfy was highlighting in some of their television commercials. That’s what I was referring to and if you hit my tag link, you’ll see I’ve covered previous PiH events!

Thanks for coming by Shelley.

Shelley November 25, 2010 at 8:51 pm

FYI, Profiles in History does not handle the bulk of auctions for SyFy or NBC Universal. Individual or consignment pieces certainly, but not the full asset disposition for a property or show.

Propworx (www.propworx.com), the leader in movie and television auctions, has handled NBC/Universal’s Battlestar Galactica auctions, and now the Caprica auctions early next year. Propworx also did the very successful MGM Stargate Auction and earlier this year completed Iron Man for Marvel and Star Trek for the Trekkie fans out there. More Marvel is yet to come, and Propworx is also handling the huge Kevin Smith auction.

Propworx is also know for its fantastic collectible auction catalogs (actually hard backed coffee table books) packed full of background info, interviews and detailed run-downs on the items themselves. Also the website features videos and behind the scenes stories of the props and costumes.

Propworx is famous for the amount of work they put into each and every item they auction, ensuring accurate and detailed descriptions, full Certificates of Authenticity with matching holograms on the certificate AND the auction item, and in-depth research into the provenance and background of EVRY item they auction. Though not featured on a “reality” show, Propworx sets the standard for asset disposition auctions!

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