The Good News: We may have reached the tipping point with the tv talk show circus and their propensity for spreading woo and rediculous paranormal trash. With the likes of Witch Dr. Phil and Anderson Cooper continuing to give positive accolades to mediums, psychic detectives and all manner of un-proven nonsense in their never ending quests for tabloid ratings success, a new face has emerged who just might have the balls to stand up and say enough to all the baloney. The Jeff Probst Show is the new kid on the block and although he seems to be having some trouble getting off the ground with his no-celebrity-everyman concept, it was refreshing to work with him on a show that I believe (at this point, not having seen the final cut mind you…) will become an excellent piece for critical thinkers everywhere to rally around. No spoilers, just tune in and watch tomorrow; Halloween at 2:00pm PST on NBC and watch the woo fur fly.
What you will see as a centerpiece Halloween show is an effort to put the shoe on the right paranormal foot and show just how powerful “suggestion” can be as a tool for both deception and empowerment; a concept I have tried to champion without much understanding or support from the skeptical community for years.
Jeff and his hard working staff nailed it. Without being condescending, mean- spirited or just another exercise in “de-bunking,” the subtext of this program is a solid “reality show” indictment of what is so horribly wrong with the media’s blind-sided approach to what is entertainment and what is fraud.
My hope is when the ratings come out for this show, Jeff will realize he has a fantastic opportunity to reveal to the public an almost infinite stream of questionable subjects readymade for skewering: homeopathy, power bracelets and on and on.
This is the guy who can do it with charm, wit and a creative slant that manages to straddle the realm between improvisation and news – a tough sell, but that’s where the once upon a time Jerry Springer demographic is headed.
Science can be just as compelling as throwing chairs around.
Please support this show tomorrow.
Comment on Jeff’s website, tell a friend and let NBC know this kind of informative programming is what we want.
AND THIS JUST IN. It’s the day after I posted this blog and wouldn’t you know it, Anderson Cooper gets cancelled! There you go Andy; you should have had some courage to make up your mind about a few things, especially John Edward. It might have helped.