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#1 knight1024

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:42 PM

This is a press release from SyFy:

[08.10.10 - 12:32 PM]
FACT OR FAKED: PARANORMAL FILES POSTS SERIES HIGHS IN ADULTS 18-49 AND ADULTS 25-54 FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK ON SYFY
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FACT OR FAKED: PARANORMAL FILES POSTS SERIES HIGHS IN ADULTS 18-49 AND ADULTS 25-54 FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK ON SYFY

Gains 28% in Adults 18-49 and 35% in Adults 25-54 Versus Prior Week

New York, New York - August 10, 2010 - Week four of Syfy's Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files (Thursdays 10-11 PM ET/PT) hit series highs for a second straight week with its August 5th episode, soaring +28% in adults 18-49s and +35% in adults 25-54s to average 683,000 in 18-49s and 733,000 in 25-54s.

This is the best 18-49 performance for any Thursday prime program on Syfy since the feature Casino Royale aired on Thanksgiving in 2009, and excluding holidays is the top Thursday program on Syfy in over 2 years (The Hulk, 6/19/08).

Syfy recently ordered six additional new episodes of the reality hit, which will begin airing on November 4th at 10/9c PM.

Investigative series Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files continues with its mission to uncover the truth behind some of the most compelling, mystifying and seemingly unexplainable images caught on camera and posted on the Internet. The series features former FBI Special Agent Ben Hansen, lead scientist Bill Murphy, effects specialist Larry Caughlin, journalist Jael De Pardo, photography expert Chi-Lan Lieu, and stunt expert Austin Porter.

Coming up this Thursday, August 12th at 10/9c PM, the team investigates a controversy involving mysterious light on the horizon in Paulding, Michigan and a lonely railroad crossing in San Antonio, Texas, where parked cars seem to roll uphill over the tracks on their own. Additionally, on August 19th, the group investigates the appearance of a Civil War ghost soldier at an abandoned cemetery in Indiana and a series of shocking cattle mutilations in Colorado.


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I'm glad to see that the show is doing well in the ratings and will be back for at least 6 more episodes after this six-episode run. I wanted to see the overall ratings, but I didn't see that listed. While there are some parts of the show that I don't like (camera focus zooming in and out; too much emphasis on debunking; too easily dismissing some videos that look possibly authentic; that guy's stupid-looking ties... etc.), I like it enough to keep watching it. It is more interesting than the numerous Ghost Hunters shows and the team seem to take their investigations more seriously than Josh Gates does his investigations on Destination Truth. So, it's worth watching. It just needs some improvement here and there.

I really wish SyFy would have a good UFO investigation show that lasted more than one episode (unlike their "UFO Hunters" show in 2008). I know of two different teams of people who are trying to produce a weekly UFO investigation show: Open Minds.tv and Richard Dolan ("First Contact"). Both of those have websites and those shows would be interesting to watch if they could only get some channel to air them (HINT, HINT, SyFy).


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Posted 14 August 2010 - 05:13 PM

Here is a question for those who can figure it out. There is a poster that hangs on the wall in the team's "Situation room". It looks like it shows a picture of an eclipse and a phrase on it: "Per Tenebras Lucem Quaero". I did some checking on the internet and it seems to be latin. I found individual english words for what each word means, but it is hard to put them together to make an accurate phrase. Does anyone out there know exactly what this translates to in english?

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:03 PM

A figurative translation would be "Striving to light up the darkness"

I would like to translate it for this show as:
"Unable to find the place where the sun doesn't shine with a mirror and a flashlight."

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 09:22 AM

i enjoy watching this show - 27 year old male
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:48 PM

I'm glad the show will be around at least for awhile longer. So far, is the only program on Syfy found watchable, or care about enough, to actually comment upon. Regular programming like Stargate, BSG, Ghost Hunters (& all of their respective spinoffs) bore me to tears. And "Syfy original movies" is just another way of saying it's either going to be "Giant Animal Planet", or a no-budget David Michael Latt ripoff video.

The comments read recently in this forum have been decidedly negative, although Fof has been gaining in ratings. Are ALL the new viewers disgruntled investigator-wannabes grumbling to see how sloppy next weeks show will be? Perhaps if there were some more constructive criticism, rather than reaming everyone a new hole on a weekly basis, some people from the program might actually look in here & comment ocassionally. Not to say we should kiss their butts, but maybe dial-down the criticisms abit, less vehemence, at least so we don't get a moderator assigned to the forum with a ban-hammer!

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:53 PM

A cross between myth busters and ghost hunters, except without all of that silly "science" stuff to get in the way.

It's entertaining. I think.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:06 PM

More episodes? That's like refusing to pull the plug on a brain dead patient.
Doesn't Syfy have any decent shows to air?
Are scifi show ideas that hard to come by?

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:10 PM

Was thinking,... if the ratings ever start dipping enough that Syfy decides to perhaps cancel the show (or pull their travel budget, so they can't fly out to locations), the team could totally change format for the last couple episodes.

Just take all the "paranormal" video clips found on Youtube and string them together, with the Fof team commenting on them, like a cross between Tosh.o & MST3K. <_<

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 03:07 AM

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 05:22 PM

I'm glad the show will be around at least for awhile longer. So far, is the only program on Syfy found watchable, or care about enough, to actually comment upon. Regular programming like Stargate, BSG, Ghost Hunters (& all of their respective spinoffs) bore me to tears. And "Syfy original movies" is just another way of saying it's either going to be "Giant Animal Planet", or a no-budget David Michael Latt ripoff video.

The comments read recently in this forum have been decidedly negative, although Fof has been gaining in ratings. Are ALL the new viewers disgruntled investigator-wannabes grumbling to see how sloppy next weeks show will be? Perhaps if there were some more constructive criticism, rather than reaming everyone a new hole on a weekly basis, some people from the program might actually look in here & comment ocassionally. Not to say we should kiss their butts, but maybe dial-down the criticisms abit, less vehemence, at least so we don't get a moderator assigned to the forum with a ban-hammer!


I agree with you. I couldn't care less about most of the other shows on SyFy. I used to like Ghost Hunters, but I'm getting bored with it now (and its spin-offs). I can't believe that it's still on the air after 6 years! And GH's ratings keep going up each season! It looks like people would be tired of it by now.

I also agree about the investigator wannabes and their negative comments about FoF. I criticized some aspects of this show too, but not as badly as almost everyone else on this forum. My comments were mainly about the cinematography of FoF being bad (the endless re-focusing of the camera on everyone's faces, for no apparent reason). Most of the people on this forum seem to think that they could investigate better than the show's team. It doesn't seem to matter if the team members find something unexplainable (they usually don't say 'paranormal') or a hoax, the people here have a problem with their conclusions and the way they come about them. I've noticed this on the forums of every paranormal investigative show that SyFy or other channels have ever aired. Someone always thinks that their way is better. Like you said, constructive criticism is fine. But the extremely negative comments are seldom helpful. Some people just can't be pleased. You would think that if people don't like the show, they wouldn't watch it anymore. I think that most of the people who are watching the show and giving it better ratings are not commenting on this forum (for whatever reason).

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:33 PM

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the dumbest most lackadaisical show i have ever seen lackadaisical as in the half hearted way they do the and i use this word very very very loosely "investigations". Did syfy create this show because they needed a time slot filled for the summer programing? I think so i just cant believe that enough people like this show to keep it on the air.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 09:15 PM

Just another "C" class show....

The actors so called scientific testing is an absolute joke. Rehashing stories that have been completely proved false and not anything abnormal at all and trying to sensationalise what ever is absolutely stupid.

Keep it up SyFy... I'm not sure who the idiot is that took you over when you changed from SciFi... but they are running you into the ground faster than a Centauri Mass Driver....

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:38 PM

These last two replies are just what we were talking about. A lot of put downs, but no constructive criticism.

Okay, Junkhead and Greyfire1965, here's your chance to tell us exactly how a paranormal investigation should be done. Both of you, please tell us how you would do it. And don't leave out any details. Make your replies as long as you have to. I'm really interested to hear how you guys would conduct an investigation that would be aired on TV.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:18 PM

Paranormal investigation? How about any type of investigation.

I've only watched one episode, Paulding Lights and Ghost Tracks, and won't watch anymore.

Paulding Lights... well, lets see. Since it's something in the distance and I'm trying to look at it? How about a set of binoculars or telescope? Since it's at night, how about a quality set of night visions... oh that's right, they had them and I don't ever remember them using them to look at the terrain toward the light. Just looking at each other trying to get something to talk to them that 1) wasn't even within 3 miles of them in the first place and 2) didn't even exist in the first place.

Ghost Tracks... This one was slightly more scientific but it was so far sensationalized that it bordered psychotic. Playing around on train tracks? With a bus? Do those people understand the kind of catastrophe you can cause by derailing a freight train that can be carrying anything from LPG to chlorine gas? The good scientific part was using the transits to verify the slope. But, 2 sticks the same length, 30 feet of string and a torpedo level would of told you the same thing. Or someone who can actually tell when they are walking down hill.

Honestly, I've just about given up on SyFy. You were once a great channel to sit down and watch some good quality science fiction. But now, all you seem to want to do is be a grocery store tabloid paper with stories that try to stir things up and sensationalize distorted stories. And what part of wrestling is SyFy? Oh that's right, it's about as fictional as some of the shows you run.

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 11:13 AM

i know about spirits and EVERY SINGLE SHOW about them goes about it the wrong way
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Posted 21 August 2010 - 01:10 PM

The only spirits I believe in are the type from 750ml bottles.

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 06:32 PM

These last two replies are just what we were talking about. A lot of put downs, but no constructive criticism.

Okay, Junkhead and  Greyfire1965, here's your chance to tell us exactly how a paranormal investigation should be done. Both of you, please tell us how you would do it. And don't leave out any details. Make your replies as long as you have to. I'm really interested to hear how you guys would conduct an investigation that would be aired on TV.


First off, I am in no way a paranormal investigator.

Still, there are a couple of simple things I would do differently.  I'd enhance the videos, slow them down frame by frame, anything that might point to it being fake.  I'm sure with the video editing software available a large part of these clips should be disproved easily.

Do some research.  A simple google search would have shown the Austin train tracks not only disproven, but actually appear in two similar tv shows.

I won't get into their actual investigation techniques since I'm not an investigator, but they seem to go for the over the top instead of the logical approach,

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 03:35 AM

Shucks. This forum's going to be dead for the next two month, until the second-half of this season hits cable.

We could all come up with different types of unexplained/unusual phenomena for them to investigate. Sounds like they might be going thru abit of a shakeup, so no use criticizing shows that haven't even aired yet.




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