Well, sort of. The founder of the Paranormal Research Society, Ryan Buell, has decided he didn’t really want to do the show anymore. Well…fair enough.
We certainly had our quibbles with the show; its obsession with families-in-crisis, a rather acute dearth of decent evidence, too-short episodes, the antics of Michele Belanger and the truly dire Lorraine Warren, and not the least of whom Chip Coffey, who obviously cashed in to host Psychic Kids, that ghastly series featuring usually confused and/or lonely kids who insisted they could see dead people – again, without anything resembling evidence. And Buell’s fascination/obsession with demonia – something that few paranormal investigators really place much stock in, and which (in our view) threatens to drag the whole field of paranormal investigation deep into storybook exploitation.
We’ll give Buell credit for doing his thing his way, which is as much or more than I can say for the depressingly scripted current incarnation of Ghost Hunters. We certainly hope A&E replaces it with something decent, and wish Buell well in his continued pursuits.