Last week I finally got the heads up that’s it okay to go ahead and start promoting my latest venture. I’m super excited to announce Haunt Jaunts the blog is now heading to cable network TV in the form of a new show on the Travel Channel called, “The Paranormal Tourist.”
It all happened quite by accident. Last Fall I caught up with a lady on one of the tennis teams we play against. She’s a television show producer who’s done a couple of things you might have heard of, such as So You Think You’re Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and Spelling Bee.
After our match I asked for her email. I explained how I wanted to pick her brain for suggestions for helping some pet photographer friends of mine pitch their show idea. She said it sounded good and told me to write her.
Trouble is, when I did she noticed my signature line and wrote back, “I’m more intrigued by what you do. Let’s talk.”
So we “had lunch.” (Sounds so Hollywood doesn’t it?) Before I knew it she’d sent some of my YouTube creations to people she knew. They liked what they saw, and her vision for what kind of show to build, and WHAM! Just like that, I was in negotiations for The Paranormal Tourist, which is now set to premier this fall on Travel Channel.
Here’s part of one of the press releases that’s being sent out about it:
Banking on the success of its other hit paranormal-themed shows like Ghost Adventures, Mysteries at the Museum, and The Dead Files, Travel Channel is adding another to its line-up: The Paranormal Tourist.
The show’s host, Courtney Mroch, is a newcomer to TV but not to haunted travel. She’s the Director of Paranormal Tourism for Haunt Jaunts, a travel blog for restless spirits. She launched the blog in 2009 as she was undergoing treatments for lymphoma. As she describes it, it was part of her “get off the couch” recovery project.
For the past three years, she’s used Haunt Jaunts to chronicle her travels to haunted places.
“I like to see the biggies when I can,” Mroch says. “Like the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis or Marie Leveau’s grave in New Orleans. But I really enjoy finding lesser known gems and experiencing them.”
By “experiencing” she means being prepared for whatever may happen. That can mean anything from losing cameras in a swamp full of gators on a quest in the Okefenokee for the Swamp Ape, or fleeing from chainsaw wielding ghouls at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights.
“The Paranormal Tourist isn’t going to be like Ghost Adventures where the focus is on investigations,” the show’s producer, Phil O. Malarkey, says. “One thing we saw right away in Courtney was her sense of humor and fun. Even though she mostly means well, she seems to have a knack for getting in trouble. We quickly saw the show was going to have the charm of Samantha Brown and the wit of An Idiot Abroad with travels revolving around haunted legends and lore.”
But Malarkey warns viewers not to let the lighthearted sounding nature of the show fool them.
“The goal is to really bring the soul of the place to life for those watching along at home. Courtney is passionate about education and raising awareness for the importance of preservation for historic sites. Using traveling to haunted places and in search of mysterious creatures as its guise, she accomplishes this in an entertaining manner. We really think people will find themselves smiling, if not full on laughing, along with the Paranormal Tourist as she jaunts to new haunts each week.”
Isn’t that so cool?
By the way, Happy April Fool’s Day! (Did I getcha?)