Destination America has been serving up some frighteningly good shows. Ghost Brothers may be following on the heels of other paranormal shows such as the popular Ghost Asylum (now in its third season) and another new series, Paranormal Lockdown, but the premiere episode generated some very impressive ratings.
According to the Futon Critic, this spirited series made network history as the No. 1 series premiere in several key ratings and delivery demos. For Live +3 (first episode airing plus three days after), the premiere episode of Ghost Brothers attracted an impressive 1 million unique viewers. Ghost Brothers also made an impact in regard to social media, ranking No. 12 in tweets among prime-time cable shows (excluding sports and specials).
For those unfamiliar with Ghost Brothers, this spine tingling series features TV’s first African-American paranormal investigation team. After having paranormal experiences as children, Dalen Spratt (@DalenSpratt), Juwan Mass (@JuwanMass), and Marcus Harvey (@TheMarcusHarvey) decided to find out for themselves whether ghosts are real.
Now, the Ghost Brothers travel across the U.S. in search of answers and to gather as much evidence of hauntings and the paranormal as possible. Even though all three of the Ghost Brothers were raised in religious homes and taught not to mess with the dead, this is something that they are passionate about.
The Ghost Brothers team started investigating haunted houses, hotels, and cemeteries in 2011 during their free time. Now they have taken that passion to a whole new level. When a new case comes to their attention, they usually meet up at Marcus’ barber shop in Atlanta, Georgia. From there, they decide whether it’s something they want to explore further. If so, the Ghost Brothers gather up their equipment and head out on their next investigation.
The Ghost Brothers will explore several locations this season, and they investigated the Magnolia Plantation in Derry, Louisiana during the premiere episode. They will also be investigating the Fitzpatrick Hotel in Washington, Georgia; the Delta Queen in Louisiana; the Magnolia Hotel in Seguin, Texas; and Prospect Place in Trinway, Ohio. As the Ghost Brothers investigate each site, there will be plenty of scary experiences, but there will also be several lighthearted and humorous moments that are guaranteed to lighten the mood and release some of the tension.
Together, the three best friends use the latest in technology as they conduct investigations in several legendary haunted locations. According to Broadway World, Ghost Brothers is a blend of the team’s natural curiosity coupled with some hair-raising, comedic flair. What viewers get is a fresh, funny and unique twist to exploring and investigating the eerie, and at times frightening, world of the paranormal.
This week, the Ghost Brothers team explores the beautiful, but mysterious, Allen House in Monticello, Arkansas. They will also be live tweeting at #GhostBrothers during the episode on Twitter. The home was was built in 1900 by a prosperous Delta planter named Joe Lee Allen. The Allen family lived in the home until it was converted into apartments in the 1950s. Strange things began to happen after LaDell Allen, one of Joe’s daughters, committed suicide in the house by drinking cyanide in 1948.
Prairie Ghosts noted that over the years, there have been numerous reports of apparitions, moaning sounds, and the sound of footsteps moving from one area of the house to the other. One ghostly encounter occurred in the late 1960s when a couple and some of their friends claimed to have actually trapped a ghost inside a closet. When they noticed the door moving on its own, they tried to close it, but their efforts were met with a strange resistance. They were able to get it closed and after waiting a few minutes they opened the door again, but there was no one inside.
Ghost Brothers is produced by Pilgrim Media Group in association with Crybaby Media for Destination America. Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols are executive producers for Pilgrim, with Danny Passman as executive producer for Crybaby. For Destination America, Fay Yu is the executive producer for Destination America, with Jane Latman serving as general manager, and Henry Schleiff is group president.
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