You may not want to watch "Paranormal Witness" alone if you're easily spooked. This series brings to life -- through the use of first-hand testimony, home videos and personal photos -- the stories of people who have lived through paranormal experiences. In addition to featuring the usual paranormal stuff -- UFO sightings, poltergeists, haunted mansions, to name just a few -- "Paranormal Witness" episodes also tell the stories of a child with an imaginary friend and a highway that is said to be haunted.
A pair of plumbers moonlight as ghostbusters for clients who report paranormal phenomena. Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson founded TAPS, the Atlantic Paranormal Society, in 1990 as an extension of their interest in the paranormal, and since that time they have made it their life's work -- when they're not unclogging drains, that is -- to help individuals or groups throughout the country who feel they have been affected by seemingly unexplained disturbances. Grant left TAPS and the show in 2012, leaving Jason as the team's lead investigator.
The old Dolly Parton hit "9 to 5" isn't a tune worth humming for the blue-collar pioneers featured in "Filthy Riches." The series spotlights ingenious Americans who skirt a conventional workplace in favor of making a living in the deep rivers, soggy mud flats and wild backwoods of the U.S. Ray Turner, for example, has been catching eels in Delaware for 30 years. He uses a self-made smokehouse in the woods to cook the critters and sell them. Billy Taylor and his sons hunt for prized ginseng root in the Appalachians. Taylor, a fully licensed wild ginseng dealer, promotes sustainability by planting its berries. In Maine, Jim Campbell and Andy Johns make the coastal mud flats their office, as they dig for valuable bloodworms to sell to fishermen. And Greg Dahl and Albert DeSilva are burl hunters. A burl is a hard, unwieldy outgrowth on a tree, usually at the trunk. Burls have value because of the spectacular patterns found in them when cut open.
World adventurers, led by paranormal researcher Josh Gates, travel the globe on the trail of the supernatural, hunting for strange creatures and paranormal phenomena. They interview local residents, research the history of the area and search for physical evidence of the supernatural phenomenon, bringing viewers along for the ride.
Jillian Michaels has made a name for herself by helping people lose weight, but she has rarely let her fans in on her personal life. "Just Jillian" looks to change that by bringing viewers into the world behind her fitness and TV empire. The show introduces Michaels' family and business partner, who support her and help her stay sane as she tries to balance her personal life with her busy career. Taking up much of her time are her two young children and longtime partner Heidi. Also taking up slots on Michaels' schedule are tasks that include remodeling a second home and taking care of the animals on the family's farm. On the business side, Michaels works with her business partner, Giancarlo, to develop new ways to connect with her fans, including tours, books, DVDs and a healthy food line.
"It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)," sang R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, and it's a proclamation that must resonate with the people profiled in this series. That's because they are all preparing for doomsday, whether it's caused by a natural disaster, a financial collapse or a nuclear winter, and their plan is to outlast and outlive any apocalyptic scenario. The series goes inside America's "prepping" subculture and introduces otherwise ordinary folks who are stockpiling food, water, weapons and whatever else they think is necessary in the event basic services should falter and society turns chaotic and violent. Also, each prepper's plan is reviewed by the consulting firm Practical Preppers, which analyzes its potential effectiveness in case the prepper's worst fears become reality.
Jack Osbourne and his friend, actress Dana Workman, hit the haunted highway on a most unusual road trip. The pair investigate claims of paranormal activity along America's remote roads, traveling without a camera crew and documenting their creepy findings themselves. The series also highlights similar work done separately by Jael de Pardo and Devin Marble (familiar names to fans of the Syfy series "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files"). The teams, aided by eyewitness interviews and evidence already collected, travel mysterious regions of Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Arkansas and Louisiana in search of hellhounds, skin walkers, ghosts and other paranormal phenomena.
Being a college student is hard for any young person -- having to deal with schoolwork and exams while trying to maintain a good personal life. For co-ed Monica Ten-Kate, college life is even more complicated than it is for most pupils. Monica is a medium who can talk to dead people, an ability she didn't fully accept until she was in college but now uses to help clients communicate with loved ones who are no longer with them, with the intention of delivering healing messages from the afterlife. This series tells emotional and engaging stories of the people who come to Monica looking to make contact with the great beyond.
People often think that ghosts and other spirits live in and "haunt" buildings. But people don't usually think the same thing about objects like paintings, jewelry and dolls. But the Zaffis family, led by dad John, not only thinks that ghosts can inhabit such objects, they collect what they think are paranormal objects. John Zaffis is a paranormal investigator who has been asked to consult on hauntings for nearly four decades. Through the years, he has amassed thousands of possessed objects that he keeps in his bizarre museum, where visitors report feeling an evil presence upon entering the building. Assisting John on his investigations are his children, Chris and Aimee. Also along for the (potentially scary) ride are tech specialist Brian Cano, who has been fascinated by the paranormal since he was young, and an additional psychic investigator or two.
When someone has cosmetic surgery, it doesn't always turn out as planned. So what happens when a procedure is botched? If they're on this reality series, they head to renowned plastic surgeons Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow, who try to reverse damages from the original procedure. Each hourlong episode follows a patient through the process of correcting failed operations, from the complex procedures to the intensive recovery process and -- ultimately -- the reveal of the successful transformation.