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2011 Christmas weekend TV: Movies, marathons and football

22 December 2011 7:45 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Are you looking for TV to tune into during the upcoming Christmas holiday weekend? Maybe you can't get home to your family this year, or you aren't celebrating Christmas, or you just don't like those relatives of yours and would rather watch a "Hoarding: Buried Alive" marathon. Whatever the reason, Zap2it has you covered for all the sports, marathons and specials over the holidays. (Don't worry, we'll have a new post for next week's New Years holiday.)

All times Eastern. Check your local listings for specific times/channels.

Friday, Dec. 23

ABC Family: Christmas movie marathon, 7 a.m. to midnight

Bravo: "Millionaire Matchmaker" marathon, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

NBC: New "Chuck" episode, "Chuck vs. the Santa Suit," 8 p.m.

Sci: "How It's Made" marathon, 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. the next day

Travel: "Ghost Adventures" marathon, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. the next day

Saturday, Dec. 24

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- editorial@zap2it.com

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Channel Guide: Unpacking Our Obsession with Paranormal Investigation Shows

19 November 2011 7:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Editor’s Note: We are very excited to welcome you to the relaunch of Channel Guide, our twice weekly column covering the world of television. Taking over the column are not one, but two talented ladies with a wealth of knowledge and wit. Every Saturday will feature a new essay from Amber Humphrey, a writer who has been with Fsr since 2009 and has, at every turn, impressed us with her unique voice. And now, on with the show… The title is super cryptic so I’ll explain the premise of Ghost Hunters for anyone who has somehow managed to escape its hypnotic appeal: Ghost Hunters is a reality show in which some dudes (Roto-Rooter plumbers turned paranormal experts) hunt ghosts. Really, though, saying that The Atlantic Paranormal Society (or Taps) “hunt ghosts” makes the series sound a lot more thrilling than it actually is. The paranormal investigators on Ghost Hunters, just »

- Amber Humphrey

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'Ghost Adventures' Star -- Violent Human-Skull Ghost is Haunting My House

31 October 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Never bring your work home with you -- especially if your job involves ghost-hunting and human skulls -- because you could end up with one pissed-off spirit haunting your house ... and pushing your friends down stairs. " Ghost Adventures " star Zak Bagans tells TMZ, the supernatural encounters began after he found a human skull during an investigation last month at an old mining town hotel -- and genius actually decided to bring the remains home with him. »

- TMZ Staff

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2011 Halloween TV: Movie marathons, episodes and specials

27 October 2011 8:10 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

There are roughly a gazillion scary movie marathons happening on TV for Halloween 2011. Zap2it's got you covered for all your spooky programming. Be sure to check your local listings for times and channel.

All times Eastern.

Friday, Oct. 28

ABC Family: 13 Nights of Halloween, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., "The Addams Family," "Addams Family Values."

AMC: Halloween movie marathon, 9 a.m. to midnight ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "House of Wax," "Scream 3," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane," "Survival of the Dead," "The Walking Dead"

Bio: Scary movie documentaries, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day ("The Inside Story: The Silence of the Lambs," "The Inside Story: Halloween")

CBS: "CSI: NY" Halloween episode, 9 p.m.

Chiller: Halloween programming, 6 a.m. to midnight ("Twilight Zone" episodes, "The Daisy Chain," "Fingerprints," "Stevie," "Devil's Mercy," "Children of the Corn"), "Chiller 13" (The Decade's Scariest Movie Moments, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Lizzie Borden took an ax ... to the Travel Channel

22 October 2011 12:46 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Anyone who went through a phase in junior high and read every book they could find on the subject has an opinion on the case of Lizzie Borden.

The Fall River, Massachusetts spinster was accused of killing her father and stepmother with a hatchet in 1892. Borden was acquitted but that didn't keep her from being found guilty in popular opinion and a children's rhyme endures:

Lizzie Borden took an axe

And gave her mother forty whacks.

When she saw what she had done

She gave her father forty-one.

Her family home at 92 Second St. -- where the murders took place -- still stands and has been turned into a bed and breakfast. Of course, there are claims it's haunted.

Seeing as it's the season for it, Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures" paid a visit. In the episode airing on Saturday, Oct. 22 Nick and Zak get a little more than they »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Soup Top 5: Rogue Spouse Smackdown on Sister Wives

16 October 2011 1:01 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

No doubt you're looking forward to the newly announced Die Hard 5: Wheelchair Armageddon. But until then, get a few thrills from the best of this week's Soup. 1. Sister Wives: Welcome to the sexy polygamy version of Lord of the Flies as one of the many wives dares to suggest possibly enjoying a life ever-so-slightly apart from the clannish Brown tribe. Watch out, sis! One down, four to go. 2. The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Young, budding fox Ashley has a tattoo, and her folks aren't happy about it. Apparently she doesn't realize the word "swallow" means something beyond a pretty birdy. 3. Ghost Adventures: Zak Bagans scares up a party in haunted bar with living, breathing »

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Episode 50 Is Hardly a Milestone: A Movie Review

7 October 2011 9:26 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*spoiler alert.

Directors: Tess and Joe Smalley.

Writer: Ian Holt.

Cast: Josh Folan, Chris Perry, Natalie Wetta, Keithen Hergott, Eleanor Wilson.

Released to DVD: Sept 19, 2011

Episode 50 continues with the long tradition of inventing more paranormal reality television shows where private investigators meet an untimely end. This film even includes a short episode of a fake television show, "Paranormal Inspectors (Pi)," at the beginning just to show how this group functions in front of a camera. Jack Kelley (Josh Folan) and Damon Brown (Chris Parry), the founders, explain that ghosts are not real. They’re manufactured by natural causes, like the noxious fumes of improperly sealed cans of solvent, which play with a person’s imagination.

After the end credits roll for this short episode of "Paranormal Investigators," the real film kicks into high gear. The group is contacted by Andrew Worthington Jr. to investigate the West Virginia Insane Asylum. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Ed Sum)

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The Travel Channel Joins the Friday Fray with New Series The Dead Files and Season 5 Of Ghost Adventures

23 September 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

If you’re having trouble deciding which sci-fi shows to watch and/or record tonight, make sure to factor in the two from the Travel Channel: the return of Ghost Adventures and the new The Dead Files. If it’s unscripted paranormal that you’re after, the Travel Channel is definitely your destination. Sorry, absolutely couldn’t resist.

But especially if you’re a fan of Wednesdays’ Ghost Hunters and the new Paranormal Witness on Syfy, we’re happy to be bringing you news of more shows that are right up your (dark) alley!

Here’s the press release:

Travel Channel Journeys To The Other Side With The Launch Of A New Original Investigative Series “The Dead Files” On Friday, September 23 At 10:00 Pm Et/Pt

New Series to be Paired with Season Five of “Ghost Adventures,” Featuring Travails of the Popular Paranormal Investigative Team as They Explore Haunted »

- Erin Willard

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Making Monsters: New Miniseries Goes Behind the Scenes of Creature Creation

14 September 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

If you haven’t been watching cool creepy shows like Ghost Adventures then it’s time for you to find out where the Travel Channel is on your tv, because they have another cool creepy new offering coming up. It’s a new original mini-series, Making Monsters, a four-part one-hour series about “the innovators and masterminds of the monster and creature animatronics industry,” coming to us beginning October 2.

Here’s what the Travel Channel is saying about it:

In Making Monsters, viewers meet Ed and Marsha Edmunds, co-owners of Distortions Unlimited, the Mom and Pop monster making shop located in downtown Greeley, Colo., and Jordu Schell, a monster-making veteran from Hollywood. Ed and Marsha have led the charge of the animatronics business for the last 30 years. Their unusual animatronics, monster creations, and haunted house designs are mainstays of the dark amusement industry. Jordu is Ed’s right-hand man, bringing Ed’s twisted creations to life. »

- Erin Willard

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Travel Channel Celebrates "Weekends to Die For" Throughout October

12 September 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

With the drought of theatrical horror films hitting the multiplex this October, what's a horror fan to do to get his/her fix in our most favorite of months? We don't know about you guys, but we're heading to TV, where Travel Channel celebrates "Weekends to Die For" throughout October, beginning with the new original mini-series "Making Monsters" premiering on Sunday, October 2 at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt.

From the Press Release:

"Making Monsters" is a four-part, one-hour series that introduces viewers to the innovators and masterminds of the monster and creature animatronics industry. The October weekends of chills is augmented with all new episodes on Fridays of “Ghost Adventures” at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt and new original detective vs. psychic series “The Dead Files” at 10:00 p.m. Et/Pt. The month culminates with a special Halloween-themed "Weekends to Die For" block of programming featuring "Bizarre Foods Halloween Special" and "Halloween Crazy. »

- The Woman In Black

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Grave Encounters and Stumbling Through a Paranormal Realm: A Movie Review and Preview

21 August 2011 5:52 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director/writer: The Vicious Brothers.

Cast: Sean Rogerson, Juan Riedinger, and Ashleigh Gryzko.

*this title is scheduled to arrive on VOD / iTunes on Aug 25, 2011 and will be released on DVD, October 18, 2011.

The paranormal reality television genre has finally reached a point in where it can be grimly parodied. In the heights that this medium has reached, it is about time that these ghost hunters are getting a stab of the thorn. Grave Encounters gives a fictional group of ghost adventurers, lead by Lance Preston (Sean Rogerson), their just deserts. It is not wise to go adventuring into territory in where they will not be welcomed.

When they investigate Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, the fate that Preston and his team end up in can best be described as taking the Kobayashi Maru test from “Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn.” What they encounter tests both their character and resilience in a situation »

- noreply@blogger.com (Ed Sum)

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Ghost Adventures Music Video Mashup Challenge - Winner Will Investigate Ghosts with Zak, Nick, and Aaron

6 August 2011 2:06 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt with real paranormal investigators? Well, if you're creative enough, you could win the "Ghost Adventures" Music Video Mashup Challenge and investigate ghosts with Zak, Nick, and Aaron on a future episode of the show.

What: A music video mashup contest where "Ghost Adventures" fans are encouraged to create an original music video for a chance to go to a lockdown with paranormal investigators Zak Bagans and Nick Groff and equipment technician Aaron Goodwin. The winning music video will be announced and featured on the premiere episode of "Ghost Adventures", which airs Friday, September 23rd, at 9:00 p.m.

How It Works: Travel Channel is providing compelling show video clips and an original music track for users to edit and create a music video. Users also have the opportunity to upload their own videos or photos, edit/mix, and customize images and music »

- The Woman In Black

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Travel Channel Getting Set to Open The Dead Files this September

6 August 2011 12:49 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Here at Dread Central we're big fans of paranormal investigation shows. Sure, a lot of them suck, but those that don't are like chocolates left on your pillow at bedtime. Who can resist? The Travel Channel is getting ready to take viewers on a paranormal journey every Friday night beginning September 23 with its haunting new investigative series "The Dead Files". Read on for the details.

From the Press Release:

“The Dead Files” is an original investigative series premiering on Travel Channel at 10:00 p.m. Et/Pt. The new one-hour series pairs a hard-nosed detective, who looks at the physical evidence, with a gifted psychic communicator, who has her well established sixth sense to work with. They explore each crime scene on their own and only join together at the end to compare notes and discover some shocking results. “The Dead Files” will be paired with the fifth season of »

- Uncle Creepy

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Are Ghost-Hunting Shows Real or Faked?

31 July 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Why are people so obsessed with these ghost-hunting shows, when they are so obviously faked? I don't want to believe that people are this stupid. —Justin M., via Facebook Well you've just scared up a big old mess for me, haven't you? There are plenty of those shows: Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Haunted Collector, Ghost Hunters International, How I Met Your Mummy (I made that last one up ... or did I?). If you're a fan, I have some dish you'll definitely want to read: For this, I donned my jumpsuit, grabbed a ghost trap and solicited the help of Benjamin Radford, managing editor of the Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical »

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Comic-Con 2011 Recap: 158 Exclusive Interviews, 135 Stories, and 308 Videos

31 July 2011 12:48 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been one full week since a billion sexy nerds descended upon San Diego for their annual Comic-Con event, which has become the premiere Hollywood launching pad for just about everything in the way of entertainment. This was a strange year, as no one property walked away from the grit, glitz, glamour, and geek sweat of the experience better for showing off its wares to what has become a very bored public.

It's true. If Comic-Con 2011 will be remembered for anything, it's the ennui that lingered around most attendees like the stench of the dead. They didn't want to be impressed, and even the Twihards stayed quiet when it came to their precious The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1. Maybe that's because, four years into the franchise, they know damn well what they're going to get. There was an enthusiastic showing, one of the biggest ever, for Glee's Hall H presentation. »

- MovieWeb

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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum on Paranormal Challenge, Travel Channel (Video)

26 July 2011 6:20 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The infamous Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is featured on Travel Channel this July 29. The Travel Channel went to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston to film an episode for its series "Paranormal Challenge." Hosted by Ghost Adventures' lead investigator, Zak Bagans, you will see two teams compete against each other during an overnight lockdown in the location to see who can collect the most paranormal evidence. From the website: The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum located in Weston, Wv. Formerly known as the Weston State Hospital, this West Virginia facility served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the mid-1800.s. The history of the building holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the "curative" effects »

- April MacIntyre

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Sdcc 2011 Exclusive: Ghost Adventures Season 5 Interviews

26 July 2011 11:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Zak Bagans and Nick Groff are on a mission to prove the existence of ghosts using the latest in technology and their trademark "ghost taunts" at haunted locations both domestically and internationally in the popular Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures. We met up with the pair for a chat, along with their Equipment Technician Aaron Goodwin, while at Sdcc 2011. Check out our exclusive interview below.

Click to watch Comic-Con Exclusive: Nick Groff, Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin! »

- MovieWeb

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Sdcc 2011 Exclusive: Ghost Adventures Interviews

26 July 2011 11:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Zak Bagans and Nick Groff are on a mission to prove the existence of ghosts using the latest in technology and their trademark "ghost taunts" at haunted locations both domestically and internationally in the popular Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures. We met up with the pair for a chat, along with their Equipment Technician Aaron Goodwin, while at Sdcc 2011. Check out our exclusive interview below.

Click to watch Comic-Con Exclusive: Nick Groff, Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin! »

- MovieWeb

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Brea Grant Reteams With 'Halloween Star Danielle Harris for 'Among Friends'

21 July 2011 3:32 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Bloody Disgusting BC learned at the San Diego Comic-Con that Brea Grant ( Halloween II, "Heroes") and Zak Bagans ("Ghost Adventures") have both landed roles in Danielle Harris' directorial, Among Friends, which was announced last week. Grant starred with Harris in Rob Zombie's Halloween sequel. The screenplay was penned by Alyssa Lobit, who also wrote and played the lead character in the award winning film The Things We Carry. There's no official synopsis yet but with a tagline like "This dinner party's gonna be killer," I'm praying that it's a cross between Clue and Murder Party - the more it's like the former, the better. Chris Backus, Jennifer Blanc Biehn, Aj Bowen, Brianne Davis, Dana Daurey, Danielle Harris, Kamala Jones, Alyssa Lobit, Chris Meyer and Tanya Newbould previouslysigned on to star in the picture. »

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Creatures of the Night Beware! Ghost Trek to Screen at Fright Night Film Fest

19 July 2011 1:23 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

"Ghost Trek" can best be described as "Reno 911" meets "Ghost Hunters", and the show's gang of misfits are out to prove that they're the funniest bunch of paranormal researchers since Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Egon Spengler. Those of you lucky enough to be in the Louisville area of the Bluegrass State on Saturday, July 23rd, will get your chance to have a sneak peek at the pilot!

With a tagline that basically sums up the series ("Ghost Trek": Paranormal research with an emphasis on bad taste), the Paranormal Underworld Detective Society (that's right, Puds) is portrayed by an incredibly eclectic group of individuals. Actors, reality stars and former professional wrestlers are among the cast members, each bringing their own unique talent to the program.

The pilot for the program, entitled "Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report," will be featured at the Fright Night Film Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, this Saturday, »

- Doctor Gash

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