This is a report from James Hibbard
Discovery Channel is teaming with the Vatican for an unprecedented new series hunting the deadliest catch of all: Demons.
The Exorcist Files will recreate stories of real-life hauntings and demonic possession, based on cases investigated by the Catholic Church. The project includes access into the Vatican’s case files, as well as interviews with the organization’s top exorcists — religious experts who are rarely seen on television.
“The Vatican is an extraordinarily hard place to get access to, but we explained we’re not going to try to tell people what to think,” says Discovery president and GM Clark Bunting.
Bunting says the investigators believe a demon can inhabit an inanimate object (like a home) or a person. The network executive says he was initially skeptical when first meeting the team but was won over after more than three hours of talks.
“The work these folks do, and their conviction in their beliefs, make for fascinating stories,” Bunting says.
If the show’s first season is successful, the network hopes its partnership with the Church will pave the way for producers GoGo Luckey to take the series to the next level joining Catholic investigators on live demon-purging ride-alongs. (Move over, Syfy’s Ghost Hunters.)
Exorcist Files marks one of two new series coming to the network and first reported by EW. The other is the intriguing Disappeared (working title), produced by Pilgrim Films, which will test whether its possible to really “go off the grid,” as contestants ditch their identities and attempt to hide anywhere in the world from a team of trackers.
The Exorcist Files will debut this spring on Discovery Channel; an exact date has not yet been set
We will probably end up watching this. My wife likes to watch Paranormal State and I stopped mocking the show, so this will probably be in our line up.
This might be a reach, but have you noticed that when Jesus showed up, demonic activity seemed to be at an all time high? Why has the interest in the occult and demonic activities been on the increase lately.