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Grey Matter


ET TV (Part 2)

Leave it to the esoteric community to never disappoint me in regards to their petty, bitter feuds that they try to pass off as unbiased opinions.

I am not going to write any review of either UFO Hunters show because I would have an obvious bias for the History Channel version which mentions UFO Magazine throughout the show. Nothing I say about it would or should be taken as unbiased opinion. The only thing I will say is that I watched both shows and thought each had its strengths and weaknesses. Other than my opinion being biased, I wouldn't feel it fair to critique either show after only one episode.

Aside from those in the Ufology community who have certain bias' in this little battle you have a whole new element, some of the ghost hunter/TAPS people. They also try to pass off their reviews as unbiased opinions and it is even more obvious than the personal feuds in Ufology that they are not unbiased.

Apparently there is no group within the entire paranormal realm that doesn't contain it's share of people who care more about their own personal agendas than promoting study and interest in the subjects.

On the bright side, I have seen no nasty comments or mean reviews about the Sci Fi show from anyone who writes for or is involved with UFO Magazine. Someone may eventually disappoint me in that regard, but I hope not.

Also, on the bright side, most people involved in Ufology rose above any pettiness and like me were just happy to have two new UFO shows on TV. So while there are always the few in Ufology that disappoint me, at least it isn't the majority.

Now onto some breaking news I just got a few minutes ago, which may be old news by the time GM comes out. Apparently, Sci Fi is not running a new episode of UFO Hunters this week and instead is rerunning last week. This is the email I received:

Dear members and friends of IF:

Thank you for all of the fantastic feedback on last week's show on SCI FI Channel.

If you missed it, there will be a special encore presentation of NY-SPI UFO Hunters on the SCI FI Channel on Wednesday, February 6 at 10 p.m. ET (9 p.m. CT). This hour-long special episode sets out to investigate actual reports of UFO sightings and otherworldly experiences. The show involves a team of experienced, longtime researchers from the Budd Hopkins' Intruders Foundation in New York City, who have branched out to form a new, cutting-edge UFO investigation group called NY-SPI (www.ny-spi.com).

We hope you tune in and ask that you spread the word. Please go to www.scifi.com/ufohunters to read about the show.

*** If you enjoyed this show and would like to see more investigations by the NY-SPI team, please let the network know.

Apparently I misunderstood things because I thought this was a weekly show and after checking back through press releases I found one that called Sci Fi's UFO Hunters "a special" rather than a "show premier." Still it is confusing because most of the other press releases had statements like this in them:

In what appears to be an unprecedented scenario, both networks are currently planning to premiere different reality programs with the same name and the same subject matter on the same night in the same time period.


Sci Fi Channel, which originally announced it had ordered a new UFO Hunters reality series produced by the producers of its popular Ghost Hunters reality series last July, filed its trademark application less than a week after The History Channel's filing.

A series premier it says, but then if you read further in the same article:

However according to a Sci Fi Channel spokesperson reached Friday, the network has not currently scheduled any additional UFO Hunters broadcasts beyond the February 6 broadcast of the show's pilot episode.

So at this point I am guessing that unless there is a big outcry for more Sci Fi UFO Hunter shows, then that is it for the series. After all that hype and fighting over a silly name there is only one show. I don't think I even need to comment on the stupidity of that, it is pretty obvious.

I suppose if Sci Fi gets enough support for the show they may continue it. However, I find it hard to imagine there being that much support after only one episode. There should have been at least 3 episodes so that people could become somewhat familiar with it and be sure they like it enough to spend time sending letters and emails. I could be wrong, but it seems like Sci Fi doomed this poor show to failure.

That's TV for ya.

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