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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Breaking News: Unreal TV Association With Grand Entertainment Group Coincides with Notice of "Ghost Hunters' S9 DVD

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A series of events during the past 30 minutes have lead to Unreal TV entering a very promising relationship with Grand Entertainment Group, which offers some great independent and foreign titles and is committed to working with smaller sites. Posts of "Grand" titles should begin appearing in the next few weeks.

Another indication that a "grand" match exists between this site and that distributor is that the formation of this new friendship follows an announcement of Grand entering a much more lucrative relationship for it by four hours. To use "industry" parlance, a press release from early today announces that Grand has inked a deal to release the ninth season of the Syfy Channel original series "Ghost Hunters" on DVD. The release date will be announced later.

Folks who have read this site's 2013 Christmas post and the now-classic March 2013 entry titled "Reality Stinks" know that reality programming is a highly disfavored genre of your humble reviewer. The good news is that "Hunters" is an exception that is as rare as a sighting of Haley's Comet.

Viewings of "Hunters" episode are limited to episodes of personal interest, such as one set at the Mount Washington Hotel where your loyal scribe once worked and lived. However, every episode has been enjoyed.

The primary elements that sets "Hunters" apart from 95-plus percent of the shows in the genre to which it belongs are that the subjects are not the primary focus of the show and they lack personalities that inspire fantasies of slapping them hard enough to leave a mark.

The "Hunters" crew consists of personable guys who show strong dedication to figuring out what is going bump in the night. Further, their seemingly genuine enthusiasm when they can adequately clear up background static or a shadow to document ghostly goings-on is infectious.

On a more general level, memories of  "Hunters" include a lack of the multiple teasers and endless commentary by every "star" regarding even minute developments that plague most reality shows. It additionally has the most escapist vibe of any reality show out there.

All of this boils down to the "Hunters" guys either having integrity that the Kardashians and Phil Robertson and his clan cannot dream of or do an exceptional job hiding their lack of ethics.

"Hunters" also deserve recognition as an arguably suitable program for a cable network that is designed to air science fiction programming; no one has explained how a show about a duck call company fits into the mission statement of a network that is intended to air arts programming.

The final promise regarding all this is that Unreal TV will review the DVD of "Hunters" S9 when Grand releases it; this post will share whether this season is more akin to Honey Boo Boo or the uber-awesome '70s Saturday morning cartoon show "Goober and the Ghost Chasers."

Anyone with questions or comments regarding the views expressed in this post is welcome to email me. You can also contact me on Twitter via @tvdvdguy.