A&E to premiere the third season of 'Paranormal State' on January 19
By John Bracchitta and Steve Rogers, 01/06/2009
A&E has announced that the third season Paranormal State will premiere on Monday, January 19 at 10PM ET/PT.
Similar to the show's first two seasons, Paranormal State will continue to follow the activities of Penn State University's Paranormal Research Society, which features a group of students who conduct paranormal research as part of their college studies.
The Paranormal Research Society is led by director Ryan Buell, who become one of the first college students to ever enroll in a university-sanctioned paranormal research group when he founded the group in 2001.
Buell and the PRS try to find the truth behind real-life paranormal mysteries by using a variety of old-fashioned and cutting-edge techniques that include Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) recordings, interviews with clients, video documentation, and the help of outside experts such as psychics and demonologists.
A&E's broadcasts of new Paranormal Stateepisodes averaged 1.4 million total viewers last year -- a figure that was 27% above the 2007 time period average, according to the network.
In addition to Paranormal State, A&E also announced that it has ordered Paranormal Cops, a reality series that will follow a group of Chicago-area police officers who apply their forensic and investigative knowledge to paranormal cases.
Paranormal State is produced by Four Seasons Productions International and Go Go Luckey Productions for A&E Networks, with Gary Auerbach, Julie Auerbach and Betsy Schechter serving as executive producers. Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant serve as the show's A&E executive producers.
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