Ghost Hunters

Ghost Hunters 100th Episode from Alcatraz. But not live.

The Ghost Hunters will kick off their 100th episode with a live investigation of Alcatraz. Or so we thought. Not ones to get caught faking evidence twice, the Ghost Hunters won’t actually do the Alcatraz investigation live for us to play along, but will instead play it safe and show a pre-recorded investigation as usual and then appear live for an interview session with Josh Gates of Destination Truth. Josh is a great host and does a great job of asking questions and keeping the mood light and lively, but considering Jason and Grant really aren’t that forthcoming with information when doing an interview it all seems rather pointless. I’m sure we still won’t hear about what experience got them involved in ghost hunting in the first place. You have to pay to read the book where they sort of hint at what might have happened. And we all know well and good they won’t address any of the issues/controversy that has taken place over their last live investigation.

I guess the days of a truly live investigation are over.

I’m sure if you want to hear about why Jason and Grant always work together, or how the Spalding Inn is coming along, or what they think about their new spinoff Ghost Hunters Academy it will be riveting stuff.

Press Release:

New York, NY – February 23, 2010 – On Wednesday, March 3, join Jason, Grant and the rest of the TAPS team as the Ghost Hunters celebrate their triumphant 100th episode with a LIVE audience from the legendary Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center. From 9-11pm, the team will present their first-ever investigation at Alcatraz as well as take a look back at the most shocking and spine-chilling moments the hit series has caught on tape over the past five seasons.

Josh Gates (Destination Truth) will host the event, which will feature investigators from all three Ghost Hunters teams gathered together for the very first time. Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Amy Bruni, Kris Williams (Ghost Hunters), Barry FitzGerald, Robb Demarest, Dustin Pari (Ghost Hunters International), Susan Slaughter and Karl Pfeiffer (Ghost Hunters Academy) will take the stage and get the chance to talk directly with the fans, answering audience questions from in the studio and Syfy.com.

Throughout the show, Josh will also reveal some surprises coming up in the Ghost Hunters franchise!

As always, Syfy.com will serve as the ultimate Ghost Hunters destination online, linking viewers to all of the action in the studio in real time. The site will host an interactive center helmed by investigator Britt Griffith, where fans can log on throughout the evening to be a part of the broadcast. Viewers will be able to ask questions of all participating TAPS members, leave comments and feedback, participate in polls, read up on Alcatraz history and more!

Then, at 11pm, the show continues online with an exclusive post-broadcast streaming event, “Ghost Hunters Alcatraz Live Extra,” also hosted by Josh Gates. This 15-minute extension of the live episode will feature a Q&A panel with Jason, Grant and the rest of the TAPS team answering viewer-submitted questions from Syfy.com.

In October 2004, Syfy introduced Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson – plumbers by day, Ghost Hunters by night! The success of its spin-off series, Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters Academy, cemented the Ghost Hunters brand as the top paranormal franchise in cable. Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters Academy are 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.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as Sci Fi Channel, and currently in 95 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

This is the line that has me the most intrigued:

Throughout the show, Josh will also reveal some surprises coming up in the Ghost Hunters franchise!

Does this mean there is going to be yet another spinoff show? Please say it isn’t so! Or is this perhaps the announcement of Jason and Grant retiring from the show? If they’re doing a "look back" over the last five years something tells me they might be bringing one of the shows to an end or at least changing who’s at the helm.

I wonder if Steve and Tango will take over the reigns of Ghost Hunters and turn the Ghost Hunters Academy into a shorter series or perhaps do that show while GH is on one of their multiple breaks during the year.

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What’s with all the secrecy?

Ok, so I have a few things gnawing at me about the Ghost Hunters, but I feel these are issues people need to keep in mind about these guys as the new season is about to start up. I think it speaks volumes to their honesty and integrity. Or perhaps lack thereof.

For years Jason and Grant have refused to discuss the paranormal experience that got them involved in ghost hunting in the first place, yet they expect everyone around them to be open and honest about the paranormal with them.

If you recall, Josh Gates asked Jason and Grant point blank what paranormal experience brought them into the field and they replied it was personal. They even explained they never discussed it with their wives. So you’re a paranormal investigator who won’t talk about your own personal experiences with the paranormal? Interesting.

Not to miss a beat on making some extra money however, Jason and Grant write a book about being a ghost hunter and reveal their big secret within it’s pages. But wait! They scarcely go into detail about what their paranormal experience was! So you have to pay to hear about it, but then not hear about it. Classy!

It would seem that if you want people to be open to the idea of the paranormal you would relate your own personal story to show that it can happen to anyone and that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Way to lead by example guys!

"In this book you learn how TAPS was formed, and how Jason and Grant first met. One question that has been asked is why both Jason and Grant got into this field of paranormal research. What happened, or what kind of experience leads them to investigate the Paranormal. Jason Hawes does explain what his experience was that lead him to paranormal research, and although Grant Wilson does not go into detail about his experience, there are some details revealed about what transpired to lead him to this field of research."

Ghost Hunting, by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, with Michael Jan Friedman

Certainly makes you want to trust these guys doesn’t it?

Jumping to Paranormal State, Ryan says his experiences with the supernatural terrified him yet he won’t discuss any aspect of that experience. Further, he gives the stink eye to anyone who holds back information from him during his interrogation, I mean interview with clients. Yet he is holding back every time we watch this show. And if you watched the Western State episode he has a tirade because of how personal this is to him, yet even Sergey, who is one of his best friends and has been on the team from the beginning only knows a little of what brought Ryan to the paranormal.

And finally Zak from Ghost Adventures held back and gave himself this air of mystery about his experiences, but at least he didn’t take years to say what happen. However he’s been less than forthcoming with all the details instead trying to build suspense over his experience and work it into a show – which just aired recently.

These guys are complete hypocrites. They want to keep their lives private while they make their clients lives public. It’s been five years for Jason and Grant, four years for Ryan and three years for Zak, why is it taking so long for these guys to be honest with us?

Have they actually had a paranormal experience or does that just sound better for the show?

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Independent investigation of the Spalding Inn

Like hell it was!

This investigation is another issue I have with the Ghost Hunters. Jason and Grant are free to spend their money on whatever they want, however, when they turn their show into a blatant plug for a new business venture, that is going a little too far. Plus, if they think their new Inn is haunted why didn’t they get an actual independent investigation? Getting Robb from the Ghost Hunters International team to do the investigation was a pretty half-baked attempt at distancing themselves from the outcome. Would it be fair to say that Jason and Grant are Robb’s bosses? What do you think would have happened had Robb said, "Nope, there’s nothing going on here. This place isn’t haunted at all." Do think he would have been host of GHI for much longer?

I guess he thought the same thing which is why he says the place is haunted even after he’s captured some of the weakest evidence to date. Robb has a job to do and that’s declare this place haunted regardless of what he finds. The team claims to have personal experiences, but they could just be trying to act the part so to speak. When all is said and done they walk away with some pretty lame findings.

The way this comes off is a blatant attempt at advertising for their new business. And from this point forward we see multiple occasions where Jason and Grant are wearing Spalding Inn sweatshirts. Nothing like free advertising I guess. At least they announced it before advertising for it.

But the big question still remains, if they really thought this place was haunted (and not turn this episode into an Infomercial) why didn’t they get a completely independent group to come in? Robb is on their payroll so that hardly seems fair or ethical. Where is the unbiased opinion? I guess they can’t break ranks and go outside of the TAPS and SyFy family, but the way they handled this just smells oh so fishy. I guess had it come up not haunted it would have tanked business eh?

And are we really going to believe that Jason and Grant didn’t know the place was haunted when they bought it? That either makes them the worst researchers out there or complete liars. Two guys who’ve made millions with the paranormal claim they bought a property without knowing it’s history? Are they stupid or do they think we’re that stupid?

For a very in-depth review of this episode and hundreds of comments check out this review:

GH: Spalding Inn on The Skeptical Viewer

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What happened to that Ghost Hunters Live DVD?

Another thing that has been gnawing at me slightly about the Ghost Hunters is, what ever happened to that Fort Delaware Halloween episode? You know the one I’m talking about. The one where Grant gets pulled in all sorts of directions by some unseen force. The one that has caused all the controversy for the Ghost Hunters. The one that’s been spliced up and analyzed all over YouTube. Well my question is, why can’t you buy it? Both the Waverly Hills Sanatorium and Stanley Hotel full length investigations are available, so why isn’t this one? We obviously had to wait a year for them to come out for the next Halloween, but the time has come and gone for the Fort Delaware DVD to land in stores.

How come Jason, Grant and SyFy don’t want to release it? Are they concerned with releasing the DVD in tact and having people pick it apart? Would they prefer to leave that part out but if they do it will certainly seal the deal that they’re faking evidence? Is it their intent to simply act like this investigation never happened and maybe people will forget about it and the Ghost Hunters won’t lose face?

It just seems very odd to me that they release the previous two investigations and skip right over the one that seemed to cause so much trouble for them. Do they plan to skip this next one as well? I guess Jason’s famous words of putting their evidence out there and letting people decide for themselves isn’t what he really meant at all.

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