Ghost hunting shows have been all the rave with tv viewers the last few years. Seemingly every network has one. In addition to the wildly popular Ghost Hunters on SyFy, there’s also Ghost Lab (Discovery Channel; The Haunted (Animal Planet); Celebrity Ghost Stories AND My Ghost Story (Bio); Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel); Paranormal State (A&E), and I’m sure many more. You can even go as far back as 15 years ago when the History Channel started Haunted History. By my count, you have the police, dogs, historians, Scott Baio, some annoying and loud Travel Channel guys, and scientists all chasing ghosts. That’s a lot of ground covered. But there’s still fertile territory out there. What other ghost-themed shows are missing from television? Here are my suggestions.
Ghost vs. Food, The Food Network
This is perfect because it would position The Food Network to target the markets for two Travel Channel shows- Man vs. Food and Ghost Adventures. The premise: two sous-chefs seeking higher visibility will travel from haunted restaurant to haunted restaurant, making their delicious food and leaving it out all night. Cameras and recorders will be placed near the food, preferably night vision cameras to make the food look spookier. Should their dish be good enough to lure out any specters, it means instant street credibility for the sous-chef.
Snooki’s Guido Ghostravaganza, MTV
This would obviously aim at a younger market and would further establish Snooki as a reality TV stalwart. Infinite bonus points would occur if her status as a self-proclaimed “guidette” would lure out executed mafia members. I’m hoping for something like the following, with Snooki playing the role of Paulie Gaultieri:
You’re Too Fat to Chase Down a Ghost, NBC
Past cast members of The Biggest Loser would populate this show, tracking down ghosts in haunted gyms in between workouts. People finding satisfactory evidence are allowed to skip a morning of training.
Dexter (Season 6), Showtime
How fun would it be if Dexter Morgan was haunted by the ghosts of his victims instead of his dad? Obviously, it’s 100% impossible and would be the precise moment the show jumped the shark. But I’d still enjoy seeing, say, Trinity returning to break Dexter’s plates and move his furniture around.
Battered Ghosts, Lifetime
Ok, maybe I’m appealing to a cliché that’s been retired in recent years. I wouldn’t know because I don’t really watch much (any) Lifetime. Having said that, I might watch a little more Lifetime if it featured the ghosts of Meredith Baxter Barney and/or Valerie Bertinelli haunting abusive spouses or something.
Jiggly Ghost Hunters, Spike
Speaking of clichés… How about two buxom ladies jiggling around a haunted house, holding EMF meters and accomplishing nothing but bouncing around? You know Spike would do this. You just know they would.
If you could picture Disney’s The Country Bears as real people (and not bears), lurking in barns and carrying baseball bats to beat up ghosts, you’d have your show. Think of all of the extra ghost hunting equipment you could fit into all of of those overall pockets.
Dios Mio! Es un Fantasma!, Univision
Not dissimilar from the Spike TV show, it’d feature a boatload of beautiful scantily-clad Latin-American women and ghosts. In fact, it’d be a lot like this clip from The Simpsons episode in Brazil.