The devil and possession have been drawing big box office dollars for a long time now, but can big red also attract monster-sized TV ratings? That’s what the Discovery Channel is banking on with its latest series, “The Exorcist Files”.
According to Entertainment Weekly the cable network is teaming with the Vatican for an unprecedented new series hunting the deadliest catch of all — demons.
“The Exorcist Files” will recreate stories of real-life hauntings and demonic possession, based on cases investigated by the Catholic Church. The project includes access into the Vatican’s case files as well as interviews with the organization’s top exorcists — religious experts who are rarely seen on television.
“The Vatican is an extraordinarily hard place to get access to, but we explained we’re not going to try to tell people what to think,” says Discovery president and GM Clark Bunting.
Bunting says the investigators believe a demon can inhabit an inanimate object (like a home) or a person. The network executive says he was initially skeptical when first meeting the team but was won over after more than three hours of talks.
“The work these folks do, and their conviction in their beliefs, make for fascinating stories,” Bunting says.
If the show’s first season is successful, the network hopes its partnership with the Church will pave the way for producers GoGo Luckey to take the series to the next level — joining Catholic investigators on live demon-purging ride-alongs.
“The Exorcist Files” will debut this spring on the Discovery Channel; an exact date has not yet been set.
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