Sci-Fi Sends ‘Ghost Hunters’ to College
Searching for the paranormal has become incredibly popular across the world and has propelled stellar ratings for Sci Fi Channel’s various shows where various people seek the unknown or unexplained. The most popular of the bunch is Ghost Hunters and now a second spinoff series is in the works.
Ghost Hunters: College Edition will be, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “features a group of students going around the country to seek out paranormal activity”. We imagine their tour bus will compete with the Girls Gone Wild bus for prime parking spaces.
Conceived by GH’s Executive Producer, Craig Piligian, the series will use an experience investigator to show the students how it’s done. At present, it has not been determined if a member of the TAPS domestic team seen on Ghost Hunters or the international edition from Ghost Hunters International will be recruited to play professor. The cast for GHI seemed like castoffs from the prime series and experienced turnover by the beginning of its second season.
The original GH began airing in 2004, featuring Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes as Roto Rooter staffers by day and investigators by night. The series has averaged over two million viewers a week with the October 8 episode notching an all-time high of 2.7 million total viewers.
GHI began airing in January averaging 2.4 million viewers and has been renewed.
The lead investigators have become celebrities and have been seen at the New York Comic-Con and Comic-Con International. Some of their cases have been collected in a book, co-written with Michael Jan Friedman from Pocket Books with a second volume due in 2009.
"Ghost Hunters’ appeals to a wide demographic, and we felt the college edition would be a great asset to the franchise," Piligian told the trade.