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A&E has scared up three reboots. The cabler is bringing back cancelled paranormal series Ghost Hunters, Celebrity Ghost Stories and Psychic Kids, CancelRenewTV.com has confirmed.
A&E NETWORK RETURNS TO PARANORMAL PROGRAMMING WITH NEW SHOWS INCLUDING THE RETURN OF “GHOST HUNTERS” WITH ORIGINAL TEAM LEADER GRANT WILSON
NETWORK ALSO REIMAGINES SUCCESSFUL SERIES “PSYCHIC KIDS” AND “CELEBRITY GHOST STORIES”; GREENLIGHTS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “TREY THE TEXAS MEDIUM” (WT) AND TWO-HOUR SPECIAL “WORLD’S BIGGEST GHOST HUNT” (WT)
“GHOST HUNTERS” AND “PSYCHIC KIDS” PREMIERE BACK-TO-BACK WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 AT 9PM ET/PT
New York, NY – June 26, 2019 – A&E Network dives back into the unexplained paranormal universe, greenlighting five compelling shows including the revival of “Ghost Hunters,” one of the most successful paranormal series of all time. The network has also greenlit four additional supernatural-focused shows and specials including reimagined versions of A+E Networks’ hit series “Psychic Kids” and “Celebrity Ghost Stories,” the brand new series “Trey the Texas Medium” (working title) and the two-hour special “World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt” (working title.)
“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.”
Fifteen years after introducing the world to the field of authentic paranormal investigation, “Ghost Hunters” returns to television on Wednesday, August 21 at 9pm ET/PT. The series that terrified and captivated fans for 11 seasons will follow one of the original team leaders, Grant Wilson, and his handpicked group of professional ghost hunters as they use their decades of field experience to investigate hauntings across the country. Engaging forensic experts, historical records and the most innovative technology available, the new squad will help everyday people who are struggling with unexplained supernatural phenomena. 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. The new crew working alongside Grant includes paranormal investigators Daryl Marston, Kristen Luman, Brandon Alvis, Mustafa Gatollari, Brian Murray and Richel Stratton. The series reboot has been greenlit for 20 episodes.
“Psychic Kids” will immediately follow “Ghost Hunters” on Wednesday, August 21 at 10pm ET/PT. Ten years ago, the series chronicled the journeys of children who were learning to control their extraordinary abilities – and it changed their lives. In eight all new episodes, those original kids, who are now successful young adults, will work to empower a new generation of young psychics alongside trained licensed therapists. They will spend time with the children and their families to assist them in not only taking control of their paranormal abilities, but also showing them the remarkable power of their immense gifts.
Later this year, A&E will premiere three additional series tackling the mysterious and captivating world of unexplained paranormal phenomenon.
“Trey the Texas Medium” (wt) centers on Trey Ganem, a successful businessman in Edna, TX, who creates one of a kind, custom caskets. While refining his skills as a master carpenter, Trey cultivated his deeper talent of mediumship. 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. The series has been greenlit for 12 episodes 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” (wt) is the longest continuously filmed paranormal investigation in television history, where five paranormal investigators are locked inside the legendary Pennhurst Asylum in Pennsylvania for two weeks to document unexplained recent reports of paranormal activity. From 1908 to 1987, the 110-acre hospital had more than 10,000 residents, mostly children, confined in the most brutal conditions. Pennhurst is known as one of the most haunted locations in the United States, but recently, workers at the site have reported a sharp uptick in paranormal activity including mysterious noises and voices while others claim they were being physically attacked by spirits. Determined to get to the bottom of these claims, the owner has granted the team of investigators unprecedented access to the entire 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. The two-hour special is set to premiere this Fall.
“Ghost Hunters” is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group with Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols serving as executive producers. Grant Wilson also serves as executive producer. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky, Devon Graham Hammonds and Peter Tarshis serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Ghost Hunters.”
“Psychic Kids” is produced by A+E Originals(TM) with Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat, Betsy Schechter and Kathleen Blake serving as executive producers and Allie Breslin serving as co-executive producer. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Molly Ebinger serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Psychic Kids.”
“Trey the Texas Medium” (wt) is produced by Anthony E. Zuiker in conjunction with Main Event Media, an All3Media America company, with Zuiker and Jimmy Fox serving as executive producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Devon Graham Hammonds serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Trey the Texas Medium.”
“Celebrity Ghost Stories” is produced by Jarrett Creative. Executive producers for Jarrett Creative are Seth Jarrett, Julie Jarrett and Joel Rodgers. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Devon Graham Hammonds and Molly Ebinger serve as executive producers for A&E Network. Kim Russo serves as executive producer. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Celebrity Ghost Stories.”
“World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt” (wt) is produced by Revelations Entertainment with Mark Marinaccio, Jon Crowley, Kelly Mendelsohn and James Younger serving as executive producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Molly Ebinger serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt.”
BBC One announces adaptation of iconic Worzel Gummidge starring Mackenzie Crook with first look picture
Adapting Barbara Euphan Todd’s books into these two films has been a joy and I’ve completely fallen for her charming, irreverent scarecrow.
A dazzling, modern adaptation of Worzel Gummidge comes to BBC One in two hour long films, inspired by the classic books of Barbara Euphan Todd.
Mackenzie Crook writes, directs and stars as Worzel Gummidge. Leopard Pictures, part of Argonon Group, are partnering with Treasure Trove Productions and Lola Entertainment to bring these glorious stories to life for an audience of all ages. The films have been commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning for the BBC, and Charlotte Moore, Director of Content for the BBC.
The first 60 minute episode, The Scarecrow Of Scatterbrook, sees two young strangers arrive in the village of Scatterbrook. It’s not long before Susan and John encounter Worzel Gummidge, the Scarecrow of Ten Acre Field. Their world is sent spinning into confusion when they realise Gummidge comes to life. The only person more shocked is Worzel, when he discovers that the children are not in fact fellow scarecrows but humans.
Their worlds should never commune but fate has conspired to create an extraordinary union. The seasons have stopped and the harvest hasn’t arrived. The rhythm of the natural world is out of kilter and this unlikely trio must try to put it right. Magic, mystery and mayhem unfurl.
The second episode, The Green Man, welcomes another mysterious arrival to Scatterbrook. The Green Man is the creator of scarecrows and keeper of scarecrow lore. He isn’t at all happy that Worzel is consorting with humans. Elsewhere, local aristocrat Lady Bloomsbury Barton is holding a fete, with a Scarecrow competition that Worzel is determined to win. What will Worzel’s most competitive rival, Soggy Bogart, and The Green Man make of it all?
Mackenzie Crook says: “I’m thrilled to be back working with the BBC and many members of the Detectorists team to bring Worzel Gummidge to a new generation of viewers and reintroduce him to old friends. Adapting Barbara Euphan Todd’s books into these two films has been a joy and I’ve completely fallen for her charming, irreverent scarecrow. Fingers crossed for a glorious English summer as we head out to Scatterbrook Farm and Worzel’s Ten Acre Field.”
Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning at the BBC, says: “Mackenzie’s widely adored and multi-Bafta award winning Detectorists was a grown up love letter to bucolic England and with Worzel he takes a similar approach to English folklore, rural rites and the magic of childhood. His visionary and fundamental reinterpretation of this classic is that rare and special achievement – a BBC One family friendly comedy.”
Kristian Smith, Executive Producer for Leopard Pictures, says: “These two specials are real treat pieces for a family audience. There was nobody other than Mackenzie that I wanted to work with on this. The vision and creativity of this man is awesome. He has written two beautiful scripts that are clever, warm and funny. And once again he has attracted a formidable cast of tremendous actors. We are so excited to be able to bring these new Worzel Gummidge stories to everybody.”
Worzel Gummidge is written and directed by Mackenzie Crook and is a Leopard Pictures, Treasure Trove Productions and Lola Entertainment production for BBC One. It is Executive Produced by Kristian Smith for Leopard Pictures, Lisa Thomas for Lola Entertainment and Mackenzie Crook for Treasure Trove Productions. It is produced by Georgie Fallon and Alex Moody is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC.
Further casting announcements will be made in due course.
ITV commissions epic reboot of five of the nation’s favourite gameshows, hosted by Alan Carr
ITV has commissioned Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, a 7×60’ series, which will see five of the country’s all-time favourite game shows supersized and reinvigorated for 2019. Presented by the brilliant Alan Carr, the five legendary formats getting the big scale treatment are: Play Your Cards Right, Take Your Pick, Strike It Lucky, Bullseye and The Price is Right.
The series will see contestants hoping to win either big-cash rewards or top-of-the-range prizes. Alongside the entertaining, hilarious and nail-biting contests that viewers know and love, every format will climax with an all-new epic endgame, bringing these iconic shows bang up to date.
Host Alan Carr said:
“It is such a privilege for me to be involved in these truly iconic shows that have brought so much joy to my childhood. A little bit of nostalgia but a whole load of fun. Big shoes to fill I know, but these shows should be back on telly for a whole new generation to sit down and enjoy with their family just like I did all those years ago!”
Also featuring a Christmas edition of The Price Is Right, and a Play Your Cards Right Celebrity Special, Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow promises excitement, drama, scale and big family laughs.
Joe Mace, Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, ITV said:
“We are really excited to bring these brilliant shows back to prime time with Alan Carr, they are the perfect match and we can’t wait for the audiences to fall in love with both”
Jonno Richards, Talkback’s Acting Managing Director said:
“A fantastic and funny host, five brilliant formats and some truly epic new end rounds. Who could ask for more? Talkback are thrilled to be working with Alan and ITV on this exciting new series.”
Epic Gameshow was ordered for ITV by Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment Commissioning, ITV, and Joe Mace, Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, ITV. Made for ITV by Talkback (part of Fremantle), and Executive Produced by Jonno Richards and Leon Wilson. The Series Producer is Toby Brack.
ABC and Tiffany Haddish Reinvent the Classic Show ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ for a New Generation
ABC AND TIFFANY HADDISH REINVENT THE CLASSIC SHOW
‘KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS’ FOR A NEW GENERATION
ABC announced today that the network has picked up a new iteration of the classic variety show “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” hosted and executive produced by comedic superstar Tiffany Haddish. The hilarious reimagined format showcases a mix of in-studio segments and taped pieces from across the country, all set in front of a live studio audience. The series will capture Haddish’s unique voice and sensibility as she interacts with real kids – and their innocently entertaining points of view. “Kids Say the Darndest Things” will air Sundays at 8:00 p.m. EDT during ABC’s fall prime-time schedule, providing a solid three-hour block of family-fun programming, starting with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7:00 p.m. EDT and continuing with “Shark Tank” at 9:00 p.m. EDT.
Each episode highlights the comedic perspectives of a diverse group of kids in segments, such as “Kids Rule,” in which kids explain to Tiffany the rules for everything from sportsmanship to dating; “Love Talk,” where Tiffany seeks advice on her love life; “Best Carpool Ever,” with Tiffany taking on carpool duty with a minivan full of kids; “Granny Tiff,” when Tiffany, in prosthetics and dressed up as an older woman, receives technology advice from the kids; and more.
“I’m excited to hear what kids have to say these days because I can’t understand what they are saying on social media,” said Haddish. “They’re using too many abbreviations!”
“When I was dreaming of stars I wanted to bring to ABC, Tiffany Haddish was top of my list,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “Tiffany starring in and producing this iconic series is everything I hoped for.”
“‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ has been part of our Studio family since Art Linkletter created the segment for his ‘House Party’ series way back in 1945,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. “It’s a warm and funny family program that is sure to provide both tears and peals of laughter to viewers of all ages. We are delighted to join ABC and Tiffany in bringing an all-new version to air next season.”
Tiffany Haddish has quickly established herself as one of the most sought-after comedic actresses and performers. She can currently be seen opposite Tracy Morgan on the TBS comedy series “The Last O.G.” and can be heard as the voice of “Tuca” on the Netflix animated series “Tuca and Bertie.” She will next appear in starring roles in the films “The Kitchen” and “Limited Partners,” and will lend her voice to Universal/Illumination’s” The Secret Life of Pets 2.” Her additional projects in development and/or production include “Down Under Cover,” “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready,” and her own one-hour stand-up comedy special which is set to debut on Netflix later this year.
Produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Anvil 1893 Entertainment, Inc. and She Ready Productions, “Kids Say the Darndest Things” is executive produced by Eric Schotz and Tiffany Haddish.
About ABC Entertainment
ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including series “A Million Little Things,” “Bless This Mess,” “The Conners,” “The Fix,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “The Rookie,” “Schooled,” “Single Parents,” “Whiskey Cavalier,” and the upcoming “Grand Hotel” and “Reef Break.” The ABC Television Network is also home to “Grey’s Anatomy,” the longest-running medical drama in prime-time television; riveting dramas “For The People,” “The Good Doctor,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Station 19”; the Emmy® Award-winning “Modern Family” and trailblazing comedy favorites “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Goldbergs”; hit game shows “The $100,000 Pyramid,” “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Match Game” and “To Tell the Truth”; star-making sensation “American Idol”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank”; “The Bachelor” franchise; long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for more than 55 years on the network; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars®,” “The CMA Awards” and the “American Music Awards.”
ABC’s multiplatform business initiative also allows viewers to watch current episodes of their favorite ABC shows anytime, anywhere on ABC.com and the ABC app for desktop, smartphone, tablet or connected TV devices.