A new show full of ghosts, spirits and everything that “Paranormal Activity” had to offer debuts on the SyFy network Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. This reality show called, “Stranded,” promises to terrify even the veteran ghost enthusiasts as people are purposely stranded in a location known for its paranormal activity, according to the previews of the show.
The producer of the “Paranormal Activity” movies, Jason Blum, has taken his talents to the small screen for “Stranded,” as the host and co-executive producer of this reality show.
The show is different than “Ghost Hunters,” “My Ghost Story Caught on Camera,” and “Celebrity Ghost Stories,” which are some of the popular venues for the paranormal on television today. While different might be good, the Boston Herald on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, suggests this new show is "boring."
The show features six episodes, each an hour long, where a diverse group of everyday paranormal enthusiasts are stranded in a location, each with their own camera to self-record their experiences. Strategically-placed security cameras are added into the mix to catch as much as the action as possible. The show offers, “completely unscripted first-hand account of each groups stay.
It is not only the paranormal activity that works on the nerves of the participants, it is the complete isolation and the fear that grows with that feeling. TV by the Numbers call “Stranded,” A show that offers the “unique combination of psychology and the paranormal.”
Tonight’s premiere episode brings a group of people to Star Island in New Hampshire. Future locals are Seaview Terrace in Newport, Rhode Island and the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia.
Syfy’s “Stranded” debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on the Syfy channel.
Review: The Boston Herald’s review of “Stranded” was less than promising, as Mark Perigard writes, “Syfy’s ‘Stranded’ leaves viewers bored.” He calls the reality show a “little bit ‘Blair Witch’ and a little bit ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ as the psychological stresses grate on these grating test subjects.”
Perigard goes on to say that the group picked for tonight’s show explore a hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where they encounter freaky dolls, windows that open and close by themselves, strange noises and cold spots, which doesn’t sound too bad, but it is something seen in most of the ghost offerings on T.V. today. Has this been done too many times before?
A note worth mentioning, the building the group is “Stranded” in tonight was used in the gothic soap from years ago, “Dark Shadows.”