Syfy greenlights three paranormal reality series

The U.S. cable net is going to get a little spookier in the first half of 2013, with three new series from 51 Minds, Ping Pong Productions and Pilgrim Studios on the way.
November 29, 2012

51 Minds, Ping Pong Productions and Pilgrim Studios have received the green light for three series to air on U.S. cable network Syfy in the first half of 2013.

Ghost Mine, Stranded and Notorious Hauntings will build on Syfy’s paranormal reality block that includes Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Witness and Haunted Collector.

51 Minds’ Ghost Mine will premiere on January 16 at 10 p.m. and follows a colorful team of miners exploring an abandoned mine in the remote woods of Oregon. A new owner has decided to brave the mine’s infamous reputation of being haunted and the team of miners will aim to find fortunes alongside a pair of paranormal investigators in the 6 x 30-minute series.

51 Minds’ Mark Cronin, David Caplan and Jay Bluemke serve as executive producers.

Ping Pong Productions, the company behind Finding Bigfoot; Josh Gates (star of Syfy’s Destination Truth);  and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity) are behind the 6 x one-hour reality series Stranded. Premiering on February 27 at 10 p.m., the series takes groups of paranormal enthusiasts, places them in one of the most haunted locations in America and tasks them with filming their experience with hand-held cameras.

In addition to the user-generated footage, security cameras will be used to document first-hand accounts of each group’s stay.

Stranded is executive produced by Brad Kuhlman, Casey Brumels and Josh Gates, who also serves as showrunner, for Ping Pong Productions and Jason Blum for Blumhouse. Gerard Bocaccio, who heads up Blumhouse TV, will be a consultant on the project.

Pilgrim Studios, the prodco behind Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, will deliver Notorious Hauntings (w/t) for a spring 2013 airdate.

The six-part series features a group of researchers who investigate reports of extreme and dangerous supernatural activity across the world, and determines if they’re the cause of present day hauntings. The series will include the case of Jack the Ripper in London and Dracula in Romania and Slovakia

Notorious Hauntings is produced by Pilgrim Studios with Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols serving as executive producers.

“Each of these series takes a known and successful formula and turns it on its head,” said Mark Stern, president of original content for Syfy and co-head, original content for Universal Cable Productions. “Whether it is eclectic gold miners in the midst of paranormal activity, paranormal enthusiasts self-documenting the most haunted locations in America, or investigators researching and examining history’s most notorious criminals and legends in the world’s most haunted locations, these shows celebrate imagination while further strengthening Syfy’s successful reality brand.”

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