Travel Channel has announced a new series titled Hotel Paranormal which is set to debut this summer. The show focuses on the stories of those who have allegedly come face-to-face with otherworldly hotel guests. Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd has been tapped to narrate each episode. Through ten hour-long episodes, the show will bring to life terrifying encounters with dramatic re-creations and paranormal expert insights.
The show will focus on a wide range of locations, covering grand hotels, highway motels and inns around the world. Saloon Media is producing the series for the network. Michael Kot and Betty Orr and Sarah Zammit are on board as producers, with Cathy Garland serving as the executive producer. Dan Aykroyd had this to say in a statement.
"As a longtime believer in ghosts, I think the incredible encounters we're highlighting on 'Hotel Paranormal' will open up a lot of minds and hopefully break through some of the skepticism people carry about the paranormal. I'm excited to lend my voice to help bring viewers across the United States, these gripping real-life ghost stories, many of which take place in their own backyards."
Even for those who might be skeptical about this sort of thing, Hotel Paranormal has one heck of a hook. Dan Aykroyd is a beloved actor who is closely associated with ghosts and things of the like, thanks to his work as Ray Stantz in the Ghostubsters movies. Aykroyd is set to reprise the role in next year's Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
The premiere episode centers on a traveling salesman who checks into a motel where he documents poltergeist activity with his cell phone. After fleeing into the night, he becomes possessed by the spirit of a murderer and is in need of an exorcism. Another tale focuses on a teenager and his friends who, on a school trip to the Vatican, accidentally set an ancient evil free and suffer the consequences. Lastly, a third story sees a journalist hunting down a story in Connecticut when she checks into a historic New England inn and fights off a supernatural attack.
This joins a lineup of shows cut from the same cloth on the network, including Ghost Adventures, The Dead Files and Destination Fear. Hotel Paranormal is set to premiere on July 11 on the Travel Channel. Be sure to check out the full season lineup, as well as descriptions for each episode, below.
Hotel Paranormal Release Schedule
A Dark History: Saturday, July 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Supernatural events compel a hotel owner to dig up buried secrets, a chef is terrorized by a ghostly lady in red and a young boy is menaced by a dark apparition at a luxury hotel.
Paranormal Target: Saturday, July 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A security guard chases down a mysterious intruder at an isolated luxury hotel, an otherworldly creature follows two hikers back to their hotel room and a widow is accosted by a demonic entity at a small town bed-and-breakfast.
Territorial Spirits: Saturday, August 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Renovations stir the ire of spirits at an infamous Arizona hotel, a porter is attacked by the ghost of a murderous pirate and a woman has a close encounter with a dead teenager at a historic inn.
When Ghosts Attach: Saturday, August 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A skeptic becomes a believer after a spectral bride appears on a hotel balcony, ghostly orphans attack a father and daughter in New Orleans and a man fights off the spirit of a serial killer at a roadside motel.
Haunted by Many: Saturday, August 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A cocktail waitress is attacked by malicious entities at a hotel bar and a bed-and-breakfast owner fights off a succubus while renovating a former brothel.
Confined Spirits: Saturday, August 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A romantic getaway becomes a night of terror, shadowy apparitions terrorize a front-desk clerk during the night shift and a security guard is accosted in a haunted bathroom at a glitzy California hotel.
The Witching Hour: Saturday, August 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A malicious presence attacks a bed-and-breakfast owner in the middle of the night, a couple awakens to a spirit shaking their bed and a woman gets a bizarre phone call at a seedy motel.
Dark Secrets: Saturday, September 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A hotel owner fights to save an entity from dark forces haunting the property and a woman longing for luxury in a four-star spa is confronted by a ghostly maid.
Evil Residents: Saturday, September 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A security guard encounters a well-dressed spirit at an upscale California hotel, an invisible attacker leaves scratches on a woman and a young girl watches a shadow man emerge from the walls of her hotel suite.