Narrated by Dan Aykroyd, Hotel Paranormal debuted on The Travel Channel, officially known as TRVL, last Saturday, July 11th. Mr. Aykroyd, a serious believer in the paranormal, delivers a tempered dialog drawing viewers into the reenactments of various paranormal phenomena occurring in hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts. The official show website finally loaded just in time for the US debut, https://www.travelchannel.com/shows/hotel-paranormal. The show debuted internationally in Canada and then transitioned to the US market. It’s refreshing to see the cable channel branch out locating fresh faces—and very experienced experts in the field—and trying out new shows.
The first season consists of 5 episodes, at least. The first one, “Paranormal Predator,” profiled 3 separate events. The first segment was the longest and retold Frank Ramirez’s chilling stay in a motel in Texas, 2017. This segment was also the most compelling. Actual video and photographs supplemented the story. All three segments featured realistic reenactments with minimal gimmicks.
Three paranormal experts reacted and responded to the segments. Michael J. Worden, author; Tim Weisberg, paranormal expert and radio host; and Linda Zimmerman, paranormal expert, calmly discuss different aspects of the hauntings. They do not overplay the event and speculate dramatically. They appear professional and rationale—something missing in US paranormal TV shows.
New episodes air on TRVL on Saturdays. The episodes replay on the following Sunday. If you missed an episode, view the episode guide https://www.travelchannel.com/shows/hotel-paranormal. For the first episode, the replays are listed here https://www.travelchannel.com/shows/hotel-paranormal/episodes/paranormal-predator.
Here’s the promotional trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9imIqvoo7g
Here’s a teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUrnS1Mxh2k
TRVL has a hit in the making. Polished and slick, Hotel Paranormal channels The Twilight Zone and offers new stories with a film noir touch.