Posts Tagged ‘Grant Wilson’

Ghost Hunters Returns To Syfy For A Seventh Season

June 16, 2010

Ghost Hunters' Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes. Photo by Andrei Jackamets and copyright of the Syfy Channel

GHOST Hunters, the Syfy Channel’s hugely successful reality series, has been renewed for a triumphant seventh season. After inspiring two spin-offs, Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters Academy, creating the hottest paranormal franchise in cable, Ghost Hunters has set the standard for paranormal investigating and has cemented its place as a destination for spine-tingling entertainment. Its reign will continue with 25 all-new episodes, slated to premiere on Syfy in 2011. 

Since the series debuted in 2004, viewers have flocked to Syfy on Wednesday nights to catch the latest hair-raising cases from the files of TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), led by Rhode Island plumbers Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Before season seven debuts, viewers can enjoy new episodes from the entire Ghost Hunters franchise all summer and fall. The new class of ghost hunting hopefuls are currently in training under the watchful eyes of Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango on the new season of Ghost Hunters Academy, now airing Wednesday nights @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. Ghost Hunters International will debut a new slate of episodes on Wednesday, July 14th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PSt, and the rest of Ghost Hunters‘ sixth season will premiere on Wednesday, August 25th @ 9:00 p.m. 

As noted above, photo by Andrei Jackamets and copyright of the Syfy Channel, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!

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This Week On Ghost Hunters – 04 – 21 – 10

April 20, 2010

Ghost Hunters' Jason Hawes. Photo by Sheryl Nields and copyright of the Syfy Channel

THIS week on Ghost Hunters, Grant, Jason and the rest of the TAPS team travel to beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts to investigate the haunted history of the Orleans Inn. The inn’s sordid past reaches back to the infamous goings-on inside its walls during its heyday in the Roaring 20’s, and the current owners hope to rid the inn of the reported ghosts of years past. For extra help, the TAPS team calls on Britt Griffith and Ghost Hunters International‘s Joe Chin to explore the plethora of encounters reported. Claims of solicitation, suicide and murder continue to haunt owners and guests alike. Inn of the Dead airs Wednesday, April 21st @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST on The Syfy Channel

Ghost Hunters' Grant Wilson. Photo by Sheryl Nields and copyright of the Syfy Channel

Click on the following link for a preview of this episode –http://rcpt.yousendit.com/853729959/fbfb66460293828d1be6c8d1ff6c9796 

As noted above, all photos by Sheryl Nields and copyright of the Syfy Channel, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!

This Week On Destination Truth – 04 – 14 – 10

April 13, 2010

Destination Truth host Josh Gates. Photo copyright of the Syfy Channel

THE Destination Truth team makes its way to the beautiful city of Petra, Jordan where they explore sightings of what locals call Djnns – ghosts that are believed to possess humans and live in the dark recesses of ancient burial chambers. 

Josh Gates and the crew attempt to make sense of all the paranormal encounters in the Treasury Tomb that has become a symbol of the mysterious, ancient city. Ghost Hunters‘ Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson are enlisted to help analyze the results, some of the clearest audio evidence the team has captured yet. 

Next, the team heads to Bishopville, South Carolina to investigate a complaint from townspeople that a monster – known as the Lizard Man – is on the loose, terrorizing the town’s residents and their vehicles. Ghosts of Petra/Lizard Man airs Wednesday, April 14th @ 10:00 p.m. EST/PST on The Syfy Channel

Click on the following link for a preview of this episode – http://rcpt.yousendit.com/849593589/35a682e4467838bcfdc387efd1dcbe38 

As noted above, photo is courtesy of and copyright of the Syfy Channel, so please n unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!

This Week On Ghost Hunters – 04 – 14 – 10

April 13, 2010

Ghost Hunters' Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Photo by Sheryl Nields and copyright of the Syfy Channel

THE TAPS team heads north to Plymouth County, Massachusetts to investigate a private home where, for over 30 years, the family has had multiple paranormal encounters. Claims  of physical violence have terrorized inhabitants, with punching and pushing a familiar occurrence. The team feverishly searches for clues that can help them detect this ghastly stalking. 

Next, Jason, Grant and company head back to New Jersey to take a closer look at a bar and grill that has its own fair share of encounters. A tavern rich in maligned history the spirit of a murdered patron has an encounter for the TAPS record books. Other reports of levitating wine bottles and lingering shadows leaves the proprietors turning to TAPS for answers. Ghosts in the Attic airs Wednesday, April 14th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST on The Syfy Channel

Click on the following link for a preview of this episode – http://rcpt.yousendit.com/849593183/eff3e2980fac09af121209276b938025 

As noted above, photo by Sheryl Nields and copyright of The Syfy Channel, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!

Ghost Hunters 100th Episode – A Celebration In Pictures

March 7, 2010

AS previously reported on SciFiAndTvTalk, the original Ghost Hunters series celebrated its 100th episode on March 3rd with a two-hour live event in New York that aired in conjunction with an investigation at Alcatraz in San Francisco. Below are some photos from the New York broadcast. Enjoy! 

Pictured (L-R): David Howe, President, Syfy; Bonnie Hammer, President, NBC; Mark Stern, Executive VP, Syfy; Grant Wilson, Jason Hawes, Craig Piligian, Executive Producer, Ghost Hunters; Alan David, Executive Producer, Ghost Hunters. Photo by Heidi Gutman and copyright of the Syfy Channel

Pictured (L-R) - Jason Hawes, David Howe and Grant Wilson. Photo by Heidi Gutman and copyright of the Syfy Channel

Pictured (L-R) - From Ghost Hunters & Ghost Hunters Academy - Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango. Photo by Heidi Gutman and copyright of the Syfy Channel

Pictured (L-R) - Ghost Hunters' Kris Williams, Amy Bruni and Britt Griffith. Photo by Heidi Gutman and copyright of the Syfy Channel

Destination Truth's Josh Gates hosting the 100th Live Ghost Hunters event. Photo by Heidi Gutman and copyright of the Syfy Channel

Pictured (L-R) - Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International's Barry FitzGerald and Dustin Pari. Photo by Heidi Gutman and copyright of the Syfy Channel

Pictured (L-R) - Our original Ghost Hunters - Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Photo by Heidi Gutman and copyright of the Syfy Channel

Ghost Hunters Live at Studio 8H in New York. Photo by Heidi Gutman and copyright of the Syfy Channel

Pictured (L-R) - Everyone up on stage! Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Josh Gates, Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Kris Williams. Amy Bruni, Britt Griffith, Barry FitzGerald and Dustin Pari. Photo by Heidi Gutman and copyright of the Syfy Channel

As noted above, all photos by Heidi Gutman and copyright of the Syfy Channel, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!

Ghost Hunters 100th Episode Live Event on Syfy

February 28, 2010

Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes celebrate their 100th Ghost Hunters episode in March. Photo copyright of the Syfy Channel

ON Wednesday, March 3rd, join Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson and the rest of the TAPS team as the Ghost Hunters celebrate their triumphant 100th episode with a LIVE audience from the legendary Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center. From 9-11 p.m. EST, the team will present their first-ever investigation at Alcatraz as well as take a look back at the most shocking and spine-chilling moments the hit series has caught on tape over the past five seasons. 

Josh Gates (Destination Truth) will host the event, which will feature investigators from all three Ghost Hunters teams gathered together for the very first time. Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Amy Bruni, Kris Williams (Ghost Hunters), Barry FitzGerald, Robb Demarest, Dustin Pari (Ghost Hunters International), Susan Slaughter and Karl Pfeiffer (Ghost Hunters Academy) will take the stage and get the chance to talk directly with the fans, answering audience questions from in the studio and Syfy.com. 

Throughout the show, Josh will also reveal some surprises coming up in  the Ghost Hunters franchise! As always, Syfy.com will serve as the ultimate Ghost Hunters destination online, linking viewers to all of the action in the studio in real time. the site will host an interactive center helmed by investigator Britt Griffith, where fans can long on throughout the evening to be a part of the broadcast. Viewers will be able to ask questions of all participating TAPS members, leave comments and feedback, participate in polls, read up on Alcatraz history and more! 

Then, at 11pm, the show continues online with an exclusive post-broadcast streaming event, Ghost Hunters Alcatraz Live Extra, also hosted by Josh Gates. This 15-minute extension of the live episode will feature a Q & A panel with Jason, Grant and the rest of the TAPS team answering viewer-submitted questions from Syfy.com. 

As noted above, photo is copyright of the Syfy Channel, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!

Ghost Hunters International’s Barry FitzGerald – Irish Eyes

February 12, 2010

Ghost Hunters International team members (L-R) Robb Demarest (lead investigator), Dustin Pari (investigator) and Barry FitzGerald (investigator/tech manager). Photo copyright of the Syfy Channel

From the coast of New England, to the Deep South and even the glamorous world of Hollywood, every corner of the United States has its fair share of ghost stories. There are, however, other countries all over the world where equally as compelling, and in some cases even more terrifying, tales of the paranormal have been documented. Since early 2008, the Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunter International team has travelled the globe to check out such claims and separate fact from fiction. 

This past January, the latter half of the show’s second season began airing, with GHI trekking to Miramar, Argentina and the Gran Hotel Viena, the one-time secret residence of many Nazi war criminals, including, it is rumored, the infamous Adolf Hitler. Among those heading up this investigation was GHI team member and technical manager Barry FitzGerald, who looked forward to returning to that country. 

“My only time previously in Argentina was to fly through the country in order to change airports,” he says, “so this was a great opportunity for me to go back there and really meet the people and see the country. However, when we arrived at the place I certainly wasn’t expecting to find half the town ruined by a giant flood. 

“That meant there weren’t hotels per say that we could stay in, so we wound up sharing houses. [Fellow investigators] Dustin Pari, Joe Chin and I stayed in one house and shared the cooking along with everything else. It was a remarkable experience for us to bond in that way, not to mention looking out the window and seeing Hitler’s villa across the water. It was truly memorable, never mind, of course, finally getting to the actual location and seeing it in its raw. 

“We also shot the Silver Shadow episode in [La Falda] Argentina, where great minds such as Albert Einstein had come to The Eden Hotel. To be on the steps where he once stood was wonderful, as was the chance to investigate the hotel. Such places were quite ornate in their time, and to see what this one had fallen into now, and in such a short period of time, was very disturbing in its own way. To be able to go in there, though, and film was truly remarkable, and Dustin’s efforts to reach the spirit of the little boy was an especially memorable experience for him as well.” 

Following their time in Argentina, the GHI team journeyed down under to Australia for a pair of investigations, the first being in Sydney where they visited the country’s most haunted place, Quarantine Station. From 1828 to 1984, migrant ship passengers suspected of having infectious diseases were diverted to this facility for an average quarantine period of 40 days. For some, the conditions there were not conducive to their recovery, which could help explain the reported appearances of various troubled souls. Considerably more inhospitable was Port Arthur, nicknamed “hell on Earth,” where 19th century convicts lived and died. 

“Australia itself presented some interesting problems, mainly because of the wildlife,” notes FitzGerald. “From what we’ve been led to believe, Australia is home to one of the deadliest spiders known to man. Obviously, we’re in locations where these things can hide anywhere, so at any minute you’re not quite sure what to expect. And that carries through into Costa Rica and the later episodes this season. It’s bad enough being worried about ghosts, but when you have to start worrying about the wildlife as well, that really does add another element to it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely fascinating, but an Irishman like me has no idea how to deal with crocodiles,” he says with a chuckle. 

“At one point at Quarantine Station we were trying to get into one of the [medical] units that the nurses had used, but the door was locked. We had to call security and have them come down to unlock it, so while we were waiting for them I continued to take pictures. My IR [infrared] light was switched off – in fact, everything was switched off and I was just shooting in the dark so to speak. That’s when the young lad standing by the fence appeared in one of the photographs. To see something like that in detail, because we have the raw image to examine, was outstanding, and it contributed in a major way to explaining some of the theories relating to research I was doing back in Europe. So I was thrilled to capture the image of that young lad. 

“With Port Arthur, the photograph of the guy walking in front of the church is something I wasn’t expecting and certainly defies science as it stands. I cannot duplicate it. I simply don’t understand why this happened or how it happened. The camera did not malfunction; everything was working perfectly and on about a 30-second exposure. There should have been some trace of that guy moving, but there wasn’t. He just seemed to suddenly appear and disappear in the same spot, and it was unbelievable. 

“Right now, we are standing on the edge of a precipice where no one else has stood before. With the advancement of technology, we’re starting to see things that we never previously thought possible, and to say that there are no such things as ghosts just because we often can’t see them, doesn’t apply any more.” 

In last week’s episode, Tasmania Death Sentence, the GHI crew cast an investigative eye over the Tasmania Supreme Courthouse in Hobart, Tasmania and the unexplained activities that have occurred there. “Tasmania is an island almost carved out of the same rock as Australia,” explains FitzGerald, “so I have to say that some of the experiences we had there were very similar to the Australian mainland. But to learn about the history of Tasmania and what happened to the natives on the island with regard to the intervention of Western ideals was a big eye-opener for me, Dustin and Joe along with some of the other guys.” 

The penultimate second season GHI episode, San Lucas Prison, is one of two investigations undertaken by FitzGerald and his teammates in Costa Rica. The other location, Duran Sanatorium, which started out as a hospital for tuberculosis and leprosy, then an insane asylum and finally an orphanage, is featured in the year two finale, The Legend of Rose Hall

“As far as Costa Rica, well, my word, I have never seen wildlife quite like it. And I have to say I’ve never been anywhere else in the world where I have been taken aback so much that I stopped what I was doing for an hour to witness a feat of nature,” enthuses FitzGerald. “To watch the sea light up at night with the algae was inspiring, and irritating at the same time. I was using my full-spectrum camera, with which I can take photographs of stars millions and millions of miles away, but yet when I tried to photograph the phosphorescence on the water, it evaded me. I just couldn’t get it, and then I realized that this was not for anyone else. It was just for me. So I stood there and watched as hammerhead sharks, barracuda and these other big fish lit up the water as they swam through it [the algae]. It was awe-inspiring. 

“Then, of course, there was the whole thing of being caught on the island in the middle of a very severe thunderstorm, and realizing we were trapped there and simply could not leave. To top it off, everything on the island was trying to get a piece of GHI if you will. This particular investigation is the one that really stood out for me this season. We really pushed the boat out with that one, so to speak, because of the hauntings as well as seeing the beauty of nature, both in daylight and at night. It’s a really interesting episode and I look forward to hearing some of the feedback on this specific case because I can’t see the show here in Europe.” 

The other case in GHI‘s season two finale, The Legend of Rose Hall, unfolds in Kingston, Jamaica, where our investigators delve into the history of sugar plantation owner Annie Palmer. Nicknamed by her slaves as the “White Witch of Rose Hall,” it is rumored that Annie was responsible for the deaths of three husbands as well as countless slaves. 

“Jamaica was another place that opened our eyes to what has gone on with Western intervention,” says FitzGerald. “The cruelty there was very prominent in this particular case and the results of it, and I hope that viewers will understand that. We shall see what comes of it. Again, I’ll just have to fall back on feedback after this episode airs.” 

Having first worked with Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson and their team on the original Ghost Hunters, FitzGerald along with former GHI investigator Dustin Pari returned to the GH fold to assist them with their 100th investigation, which will air in March. “Alcatraz is something that you usually see form the air,” says FitzGerald, “or if you’re visiting San Francisco and have the time, you can always nip across on the ferry and get a quick tour from some of the wonderful guides on the island. It is, however, a very rare opportunity, indeed, to get onto the island at night and investigate. It was incredible to be there and understand that the Birdman of Alcatraz had once been there and some of the big Mafia names as well. To then stand in their cells was just beyond words, and the [paranormal] experiences there were amazing, too.” 

Last summer, FitzGerald and Pari saw the publication of their first book, The Complete Approach – The Scientific and Metaphysical Guide, which gives readers a greater insight into the subject of paranormal investigation. 

“We received tremendous feedback on the book and people have loved it,” says FitzGerald. “There was a great deal of work put into it, so much so that Dustin and I are preparing to put out another one, hopefully at the end of March. We’ve been working very diligently on this second book, which is called So My Home is Haunted, Now What? It’s a collection of thoughts and different ideas about what other cultures, belief systems and religions do to fix this particular problem. 

“Like a lot of [paranormal] investigators, we come into a house or other building with a TV crew and give the people living or working there proof of ghosts in a photograph or recording of the ghost’s voice. We then leave and these individuals are left holding the candle and wondering, ‘What do we do now?’ So this book gives possible solutions to a problem that has plagued a lot of people around the world. It’s a wonderful read and one that we believe is also educational at the same time. So we’re looking forward to its release.” 

Besides this forthcoming book, FitzGerald is also working on a variety of other projects as he waits for production to begin on season three of GHI, “There’s a third book following behind this second one, and I’m trying to open a gallery in Vienna, Austria as well,” he says. “So there’s quite a bit going on, and time not being in great abundance can severely hinder your plans. I fly back and forth through Europe and I now find myself residing more in Austria than I do back in Ireland. 

“When it comes to GHI, I’m not sure yet where we’re headed next, but wherever we go, I’m sure it will turn out to be fantastic and certainly bring a lot more things to the forefront for viewers back home.” 

Steve Eramo 

As noted above, photo courtesy and copyright of The Syfy Channel, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!

Ghost Hunters And Destination Truth Return To Syfy In March

January 17, 2010

Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson are back for a sixth season of paranormal investigating on Ghost Hunters. Photo by Cheryl Senter and copyright of The Syfy Channel

THIS March, The Syfy Channel’s winning reality duo, Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth will return with all new episodes! First, on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 @ 9:oo p.m. EST, celebrate a milestone as America’s favorite paranormal investigators, the Ghost Hunters, kick off their triumphant sixth season with episode 100! For this epic investigation, Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson and the rest of the team – plus guest investigators Barry FitzGerald and Dustin Pari from Ghost Hunters International – will take on their biggest case yet: Alcatraz, the former military prison known world-wide for the countless claims of paranormal activity witnessed within its walls.   

The Alcatraz case will be presented on March 3rd with a LIVE, 2-hour interactive fan event hosted by Destination Truth‘s Josh Gates.   

Celebrate this St. Patrick's Day with Josh Gates on a brand-new Destination Truth. Photo by Barbara Nitke and copyright of The Syfy Channel

Josh will then return on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 @ 10 p.m. EST with a thrilling new slate of adrenaline-fueled adventures on Destination Truth. The new episodes kick off with a St. Patrick’s Day theme as the crew heads to Ireland in search of the legendary leprechaun. From there, Josh and crew will travel to the U.S., Jordan, Israel, China, New Zealand and Chile, seeking answers to the world’s greatest mysteries and myths. The new episodes will also feature guest investigators Kris Williams (Ghost Hunters) and Allison Scagliotti (Warehouse 13).   

As noted above, photos by Cheryl Senter and Barbara Nitke and copyright of The Syfy Channel, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!

This Week on Ghost Hunters And Ghost Hunters Academy – 12 – 16 – 09

December 16, 2009

This week, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson close out their fifth season of the hugely successful Ghost Hunters. Photo by Cheryl Senter and copyright of The Syfy Channel

ON the fifth season finale of Ghost Hunters, Hindenburg Crash Site, TAPS travels to the site of one of history’s most infamous disasters. Meanwhile, on Final Exams, the season one finale of Ghost Hunters Academy, audiences will find out which of the fledging ghost hunters receives a passing grade. Hindenburg Crash Site airs Wednesday, December 16th @ 9 p.m. EST, followed by Final Exams @ 10 p.m. EST, on The Syfy Channel. 

And over on Ghost Hunters Academy, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango reveal who makes the cut in their search for new Ghost Hunters. Photo by Michael Perez and copyright of The Syfy Channel

For a preview of Ghost Hunters click on the following link – https://rcpt.yousendit.com/788477090/81d0119644ada10185628f1a9b8dcf03 

And for a preview of Ghost Hunters Academy check out this link – https://rcpt.yousendit.com/788477018/2509fff0353da65346b1f5149a0df29c 

As noted above, photos by Cheryl Senter or Michael Perez and copyright of The Syfy Channel, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!

Sneak Peek At This Week’s Ghost Hunters – 11 – 18 – 09

November 18, 2009

Ghost Hunters Grant Wilson (front) and Jason Hawes (back) and their team visit "the Sunshine State" in this week's episode. Photo by Gavin Bond and copyright of The Syfy Channel

HEAD down South with the Ghost Hunters crew as they investigate the spooky Pensacola Lighthouse in Florida. Tales of a ghost-like woman lurking in the halls have been passed down from generation to generation. Brace yourself as TAPS searches for clues to explain creepy transparent figures, invisible fingers tapping guests on the head and light switches turning off and on by themselves.

Tune in as the team reveals some of its most startling on-camera evidence yet. Pensacola Lighthouse airs Wednesday, November 18th @ 9 p.m. EST on The Syfy Channel.

Click on the following link for a preview of this episode – https://rcpt.yousendit.com/774331834/7b1f2749fbb8ef1da3d229afccb6b48b

As noted above, photo by Gavin Bond and copyright of The Syfy Channel, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!