Travel Channel orders Talos’ “Hometown Horror”, other “Ghostober” programs

Discovery-owned Travel Channel has greenlit a new series from New York-based prodco Talos Films, one of several new series premiering as part of the cable net’s paranormal “Ghostober” event. Hometown Horror ...
August 22, 2019

Discovery-owned Travel Channel has greenlit a new series from New York-based prodco Talos Films, one of several new series premiering as part of the cable net’s paranormal “Ghostober” event.

Hometown Horror explores how quiet, unassuming American towns have become hotbeds for tales of horror, mystery and intrigue over centuries. Examples include the Pigman of Angola in New York; the hauntings of circus town Baraboo, Wisconsin; the blood-stained history of Perryville, Kentucky; and more.

Hometown Horror is produced by Talos Films for Travel Channel. Talos founders Julian P. Hobbs and Elli Hakami serve as executive producers. The series is due to premiere Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Other new series premiering during “Ghostober” are Most Terrifying Places, a 6 x 60-minute series that visits landmarks of the strange and horrific around the world, premiering Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT; The Holzer Files, which revisits the case files of Dr. Hans Holzer, America’s first ghost hunter, premiering Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT; and Ghost Nation, which sees paranormal investigators helping out terrified home owners, premiering Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Meanwhile, The Alaska Triangle explores an area in Alaska where more people disappear than anywhere else in the U.S. and where mysterious sightings are common, premieres Oct. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT; My Horror Story follows ordinary people recounting horrific supernatural memories from childhood, premieres Oct. 21 at 11 p.m. ET/PT; and Destination Fear sees hosts visiting haunted locations in an RV, premieres Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Elsewhere, Travel Channel will air miniseries and specials as part of “Ghostober.” Haunted Salem: Live, a four-hour live ghost investigation special set in Salem, Massachusetts, premieres Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, while the four-part Ghost Adventures: Serial Killer Spirits will explore the mysterious energy left behind at the crime scenes of notorious American serial killers, premiering Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The four-part docudrama Witches of Salem explores the mass hysteria that led to the capture and execution of women labeled witches in New England, premiering Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. And the one-off special Ghost Adventures: Curse of the Harrisville Farmhouse sees the Ghost Adventures crew investigating the home of the notorious Perron family, whose alleged hauntings were portrayed in the film The Conjuring, premiering Halloween night, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Lastly, Travel Channel is prepping new season of returning shows These Woods Are Haunted, Paranormal Survivor, Paranormal EmergencyThe Dead Files and Mountain Monsters, all premiering throughout “Ghostober.”

“We’re pulling out all the stops for ‘Ghostober’ this year – from a live ghost hunt in Salem, Massachusetts, and an iconic investigation of the house that inspired The Conjuring, to reopening the case files of America’s first ghost hunter, Hans Holzer,” said Travel Channel general manager Matthew Butler in a statement. “And we have the biggest stars and experts in the field to take us to every haunted, cobweb-covered corner in America, including Zak Bagans and the GAC, Jason Hawes and his team of paranormal pioneers and newcomer Dakota Laden, who will bring fear to a new level. There’s no better – and scarier – place to be this October than tuned in to Travel Channel.”

Watch a teaser for “Ghostober” below:

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