Your WTF News of the Day: A Live Exorcism Is Coming to TV

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Destination America Tries to Scare Up Audiences With a Live Exorcism.

The show will take place at the supposedly still haunted house in suburban St. Louis where the 1949 exorcism took place that inspired “The Exorcist.” It will feature not a Roman Catholic priest but the cast of “Ghost Asylum” (who call themselves the Tennessee Wraith Chasers) as well as “world-renowned psychic medium Chip Coffey.” “As we step into one of the most haunted and well-known spirit destinations in America, ‘Exorcism: Live!’ will show exactly what is inside this infamous, highly dangerous and possessed home.” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America, in a prepared statement. “By actually exorcising this iconic house live, Destination America will do what it does best — bringing never before seen experiences to television.” The audience can also monitor live camera feeds from around the house on Destination America’s website and “track and report any mysterious anomalies they may see on their own screens throughout the special,” the network said.

While Exorcism: Live! seems like an odd fit for a channel that bills itself as “the only network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States,” Destination America does air several supernatural-themed programs—including Ghost Asylum, Project Afterlife and A Haunting. But the special, announced at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Los Angeles, calls to mind a vow made by Discovery Communications’ flagship network, Discovery, at TCA’s winter press tour. New president Rich Ross said his network would forego silly stunts like December’s Eaten Alive special, in which wildlife writer Paul Rosolie was not ingested by an anaconda as viewers had been led to believe.

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