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SyFy premiers new show, School Spirits

A&E/Sports Editor

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 01:06

The SyFy channel is premiering a new show based on hauntings at colleges and universities called School Spirits and premiers Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.

Seth Jarrett and Julie Insogna Jarrett, executive producers, held a press conference on June 13 to explain what the show was all about.

“All of our stories are based on firsthand accounts,” Seth said. “They’re all students or faculty or alumni. The story is built around their first person storytelling.”

Although they are firsthand stories the stories themselves are done through reenactments.

“While these are first hand stories, we wanted them to feel like movies,” Julie said.

The stories are told through the reenactments, but are narrated by the people that they happened to. The producers also pull in experts who have researched the buildings that these events have happened in and help back up the stories of the witnesses.

With so many paranormal shows on air each new one needs to have a new spin. Seth explains what makes School Spirits different apart from the location being schools.

“I would say what we set out to do is to find multiple voices for these stories, people who corroborate these stories,” Seth said. “It wasn’t good enough to have someone, student or faculty sit down and tell us a story.”

Seth went on to explain that people by nature are skeptical, but they want to believe. They had the idea from the beginning that all of the stories had to have corroboration whether it be another roommate who saw the same apparition or a historian or professor who could validate the information.

“I think many of the paranormal shows out there, while they’re fun to watch, they rely on one story, and one person’s voice,” Seth said.

In the reenactment videos they are not always able to use the original sight because they are school campuses and they don’t want to interrupt according to Seth.

Seth has noticed a commonality from story to story.

“It does appear that many of the hauntings seem to be connected to some type of tragedy that took place, to people who passed on earlier than they should or in a certain unexpected violent way,” Seth said.

When it comes to looking for leads Seth and Julie used the grass roots approach which involved putting ads in local newspapers, alumni newspapers, and school newspapers. Seth said 9 times out of 10 they got responses from students and faculty involved in the experiences.

Viewers will be taken on a different journey in each episode, because Seth and Julie made sure that the stories they picked involved someone or a group of people going through a life changing experience.

Season one has six episodes and is on every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.

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