Have no fear; they are semi-professionals, after all.
Chattanooga, Tenn. (May 17, 2016) – Just in time for summer, Luken Communications, in cooperation New Palace Films, Slow Children at Play and Malchus Media, announces the release of the first season of Ghostbreakers, a comedy faux reality series spoofing paranormal investigations, on The Family Channel. The series is scheduled to join the lineup on Friday nights in third quarter.
The first eighteen 22-minute episodes of Ghostbreakers (shot on location in Shreveport, Louisiana) star Greco, who rocketed to international acclaim as the hardboiled host of Cheaters, the long-running reality megahit. Greco’s desire was to challenge the common perception of his stoic character, resulting in the first ever ghost-hunting parody.
Answering calls from desperate individuals in conflict with supernatural forces, the Ghostbreakers’ overconfident commander, played by Greco, leads his team of bold but hapless spook-chasers—including a lovelorn gadget master (Gabriel Horn), a prima donna clairvoyant (Shanda Lee Munson), and a fainthearted muscle man (Bryan Massey)--face-first into the dangerous fray of the unknown. Attempting to placate, evict or exterminate mischievous spirits, they generally end up causing more harm than good for their often dissatisfied clients. Failure is always an option for this dysfunctional crew of bickering nitwits.
Greco says, “It was refreshing to work on a project that made light of the genre. For parody to work, you need an over saturated format like paranormal investigation. Its tricks and clichés are familiar to everyone and therefore ripe for comedic deconstruction.” Story Editor Tom Huckabee says, “It’s Ghost Hunters meets Scooby-Doo and delightfully entertaining for the whole family!” This tour de-farce was created, written and directed by Gabriel Horn and Benjamin Wilbanks. Executive producers are Jennifer Floyd of New Palace Films, Hank Cohen of Trifecta Entertainment and Michael Krasney of Media Dynamite Entertainment.
“There’s no better place to call home than The Family Channel for our Ghostbreakers universe to live and expand. We’re looking forward to many more seasons of hilarious hauntings to come!” says Gabriel Horn. Eminent author and critic Michael H. Price ("Forgotten Horrors") calls Ghostbreakers “Splendid stuff... recommended without reservation.”
Of the new addition, Matt Golden, Vice President of Programming at Luken Communications, says, “From the first time we laid eyes on Ghostbreakers, we were taken with its sly humor, and we can't wait to share it with viewers across the country.”
“Ghostbreakers is a natural fit for The Family Channel,” says Luken’s Director of Programming Terri Coyle. “Viewers are sure to embrace its tongue-in-cheek spin on the very popular paranormal reality genre.”
The Family Channel is dedicated to great educational, entertaining and faith-based programming, now with a fresh look and new shows, like The Balancing Act, Real Green, Designing Spaces, The Hollywood News Report, and the Emmy-winning The Folklorist. The Family Channel presents a safe, wholesome space for television viewing, with a strong brand for viewers.
About Luken Communications:
Luken Communications offers diverse, family-friendly programming with its collection of networks reaching approximately 80 percent of all U.S. households via a blend of over-the-air, cable and satellite television. The current network offerings include Rev’n, Retro TV, The Heartland Network, The Family Channel, TUFF TV and Frost Great Outdoors (FGO). Luken Communications’ flagship Retro TV was one of the first digital broadcast networks launched in 2005.