Travel Channel’s immensely popular Dead Files returns for Season 12 on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
Dark (2017- ) Season 2 Premieres on Netflix on June 21st
Cancel your plans. You’ve got 10 days to binge season 1 of Dark, the first German series to be streamed internationally, before season 2 begins. And you want to be ready!
Dark follows three storylines set in three distinct time periods linking the families in the small town, Winden. Season 1 opens with teenager Jonas Kahnwald returning to school after his father’s suicide. A child goes missing and reignites the fears from decades before when another child disappeared. Read my review here: https://thehauntedlibrarian.com/2017/12/17/dark-binge-worthy/
Netflix ordered season 2 (a short 8-episode season) within a month of debuting, with season 3 announced shortly thereafter. Netflix announced that a staggering 90% of viewership comes from outside Germany. It is one of the most popular non-English series viewed. It can be watched with subtitles or dubbed.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=24&v=VE5BQ4Gj2jY
Listen to the haunting theme song “Goodbye” performed by Apparat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66VnOdk6oto
Mediocrity Is Travel Channel’s Business Plan
Travel Channel announced that the subpar and totally faked “paranormal” show Paranormal Caught on Camera has been renewed for a second season, ordering 26 new episodes. Hopefully, they will hire a new slate of “experts” and writers who actually vet and verify these stories.
Stop watching this crap. Travel Channel is single-handedly ruining the paranormal field, which is the basis for my 2019 academic conference presentations. Stay tuned.
Recreate Stranger Things Living Room in Your Home
Recreate the living room from the insanely popular TV series Stranger Things courtesy of IKEA. The “Real Life Series” brings iconic television show living room sets to their Middle Eastern market. Customers can transform their living room into Joyce Byers’ living room. Although the campaign is limited to the United Arab Emirates, savvy shoppers can scroll through the Swedish furniture/lifestyle company’s website and hand-select items.
Here’s a quick checklist to get you started:
Sofa and Sofa Cover: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20415490/
Coffee Table: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70239710/
If Stranger Things is a tad too strange, then select from Friends or The Simpsons.
Quirky New Mystery Show Debuts on Acorn
Queens of Mystery (2019) debuted on the British streaming service Acorn in April. The 3-episode series features three crime-writing sisters who assist their 28-year-old niece, D. S. Matilda Stone, solve murders in the fictional village of Wildemarsh. This quirky series is addictive and easy to binge.
Olivia Vinall stars as the newly minted Detective Sergeant Matilda Stone. Matilda’s mother disappeared when she was a child, and she was raised by her three aunts. Julie Graham (Shetland) is “Cat,” former rocker now graphic artist. Cat is the cool aunt, complete with stripped pants, tattoos, and Mallen streak in her hair. Siobhan Redmond (Unforgotten) is “Jane,” owner of the local mystery bookstore Murder Ink. She gives off the librarian feel. Finally, there’s Sarah Woodward (DCI Banks), who plays “Beth,” the atypical middle age aunt. Although the aunts seem like stereotypes, they’re not. They ground Matilda.
Each episode opens with a fairytale pop-up book animated sequence and is narrated by Juliet Stevenson. The show has a profound Pushing Daisies feel, as well as, Agatha Raisin. Fingers crossed there will be a second season.
Supernatural Ending at 15 Seasons
After 15 seasons, Supernatural is ending. Although expected, the announcement was unique in that the co-stars made the announcement on Twitter. Originally, producers were hoping to squeak out 300 episodes; however, this announcement ensures that the series will reach 327 total episodes. The final season will have 20 episodes, beginning in the Fall of 2019. As we mourn the passing of the Winchester brothers, enjoy my blog article “5 Things I Learned While Binging Supernatural,” https://thehauntedlibrarian.com/2018/02/18/5-things-i-learned-while-binging-supernatural/.
What We Do in the Shadows (2019) Debuts March 27th
Cult favorite What We Do in the Shadows (2014) gets a TV show. The 10-episode series debuts on FX on March 27th. Jemaine Clement (Legions) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) co-wrote and co-directed the New Zealand mockumentary on a tight $1.6 million-dollar budget. The film generated nearly $7 million in the U.S. alone. Talk of a spin-off TV series has circulated for a couple of years. The U.S.-based mockumentary series follows 5 new vampire roommates navigating a modern New York world. Early critic reviews are positive. Tune in! In the meantime, enjoy this official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyZi3rJPENs.
The Miniaturist Enthralls
“Every woman is the architect of her own fortune.”
The new 3-part mini-series, The Miniaturist, airing on PBS delves into 17th century life in Amsterdam. Based on Jessie Burton’s book by the same title, the mini-series is based on a real married couple and a bizarre wedding present: a cabinet house.
Cabinet houses were displayed in many seventeenth Amsterdam houses serving 2 purposes: status symbols denoting extreme wealthy and privilege. A cabinet house was a miniature replica of a home consisting of a large hutch sectioning off rooms. They were expensive showpieces and incredibly popular; they were not toys. The cabinet house led to the modern-day dollhouse.
The inspiration for the novel exists and is housed in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Johannes Brandt, a Dutch merchant, gifted his wife Petronella “Nella” Oortman an expensive cabinet house upon her arrival in Amsterdam. Nella spent the equivalent of $2 million Euros over 5 years filling up the house with trinkets, furniture, and people. It is exquisite!
Author Burton proclaimed, “[seeing the doll house] really started in my imagination this concept of the domestic world.” She constructed her novel highlighting the marginalized misfits within society. Although the story revolves around the true owners of a cabinet house displayed in the Rijksmuseum, the story is pure fiction.
The television cabinet house reflects the coldness of the physical house and the characters living within. The British production company crafted a cabinet house to match the home used in the series. However, not everything is as it appears. A mystery surrounds the Miniaturist, played by Emily Berrington, and how she knows so much about the house, objects, and people associated with the dwelling.
The PBS series is a refreshing addition to the line-up of British productions airing.
Paranormal News for the Week of February 26th, 2018
ParaNews for the Week of February 26, 2018
Three take-aways to begin your week:
- iZombie (2015- ) begins Season 4 tonight on the CW. Critics hail the season as a reboot or a second pilot. iZombie debuted to rave reviews as fans follow Olivia “Liv” Moore, Seattle’s Assistant Medical Examiner, a highly-functional zombie. Seasons 1 and 2 brought solid ratings; however, Season 3 saw a huge dip initially. The ratings evened out, and series creator Rob Thomas was able to snag a 4th All of the series regulars return for S4 with some new, fresh characters introduced. iZombie airs on Mondays at 9:30 PM on the CW. Catch up with Seasons 1-3 now streaming on Netflix.
- Friday the 13th (1980) introduced teenagers to Camp Crystal Lake. Unfortunately, most were unable to sleep over at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, the Hardwick, New Jersey, camp where the first installment in the fantastically profitable franchise was filmed. Until now. The Boy Scout Organization, owners of the camp, are opening the camp up for overnight camping on Friday, April 13-Saturday, April 14. Campers may also bid on auctions featuring actress Adrienne King, who played “Alice” in the first two films. Minimum age is 21 years old. Visit https://www.crystallaketours.com/news/ for more information.
- Tennessee’s most haunted abandoned hospital Old South Pittsburg Hospital has started daytime investigations, Sundays through Thursdays. Investigations began on February 12, 2018. Cost is extremely reasonable at $25 per person. Contact Stacey at 423.362.0086 to reserve your tickets.
5 Things I Learned While Binging Supernatural
The hit TV show Supernatural is heading into the home stretch. After 13 successful seasons, the show will end with a partial Season 14, on its 300th episode. It secured the title of longest running science fiction TV show in television history seasons ago. Further, its fan base seems strong and steady. According to the Executive Producer Robert Singer, the time just felt right. While binging the show, I learned 5 important things.
- Motels are better on TV. Sam and Dean Winchester stay at some kitsch motels. The demon hunting brothers have one rule when separated: Locate the first motel listed in the Yellow Pages and check in. Some of the motels would rival the best boutique hotels which charge substantially more. There are lots of Pinterest pages showcasing the motels and the insanely clever décor.
- Dean’s beloved 1967 Chevy Impala is too tinny sounding for me. I think I would slide right off the polished leather and onto the floor, too—not to mention it is entirely too clean for me. The Impala was not the initial choice in for the pilot episode; however, the writer reconsidered after learning that the Impala’s trunk was large enough to hold a body. The show has 9 cars. The predominantly used one is called the “Hero 1 Impala.” BTW, there have been 2 license plates. The first one was a Kansas tag “KAZ 2Y5.” It was replaced with an Ohio tag, “CNK 80Q3,” on the 20th episode of Season 2.
- I cannot visit the locations on an epic cross-country American road trip. The series is filmed predominantly in Vancouver, BC. However, I will be able to visit “The Rosemary” 1915 Tudor Revival house in the near future. The house served as the “Pierpont Inn” in the “Playthings” episode. The massive home (all 16,000 square feet) fell into disrepair and sold in 2013 for over $12 million Canadian dollars. The new owner, Mingfei Zhao, retired to Vancouver for the clean air. He has invested over $6 million in rehabbing the home. Once completed, the home will be open for fundraisers to aid the rehabilitation of other historic properties.
- The show felt a little too X-Files-ish. Kim Manners, producer and director, worked on another popular science fiction TV show: The X-Files. He came to the production and directed 17 episodes before dying in 2009 from lung cancer.
- Who doesn’t love the song “Carry on Wayward Son” (1976)? Apparently, Netflix. The series is able to broadcast the Kansas anthem (the band and not the state) when the show airs on the CW; however, due to licensing, the song is not included on the streaming episodes on Netflix. But I can dig it. There are plenty of other groovy songs in the episodes.