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Coming to a TV Near You: Exorcists, Ted Haggard

Posted on Jan 7, 2011
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St. Francis Borgia comes to the aid of a dying man beset with demons in this scene painted by Spanish icon Francisco José de Goya.

Is nothing sacred when it comes to reality TV? That would be a no, further underscored by two projects in the works for the near future: one on fallen pastor Ted Haggard (yes, it’s really called “Ted Haggard: Scandalous”), and the other, while not technically a reality show, is based on the Vatican’s own records of demonic investigations conducted by church officials (that would be “The Exorcist Files”). Entertainment Weekly breaks it down on both fronts.  —KA

First this on Haggard from Entertainment Weekly’s “Inside TV” blog:

The special, produced by RelativityReal and debuting Jan. 16, follows Haggard as he announces his new ministry in Colorado Springs, Colo. — the same town he left after the scandal.

Naturally, if the special performs well, TLC might expand the concept into a full series (just like, and yet entirely unlike, Extreme Couponing).

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And once again, “Inside TV” in Entertainment Weekly:

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.

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By purplewolf, January 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm Link to this comment

Quick. Bring me my holy water,candles and my bible.

Perhaps he can begin this “new career” exorcising the demons out of Sarah Palin that Christine O’Donnell gifted her with.

What! You mean that Sarah, Queen of Mean isn’t possessed? That this is her natural self. Heaven help us all.

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By Joe-in-SF, January 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment

Here’s my take on Ted; I attempted to make him straight using my wizarding

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By Dale Headley, January 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment
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It’s no wonder half of all Americans disbelieve evolution.  This is the kind of
supernatural junk they get on TV.  The closest thing to real science on TV is

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By jr., January 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment


Oh, look, the monkeys have been taught to pray,
...sit, stand, kneel, to do the hokey pokey, roll over, and more. 

It’s like magic.

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By berniem, January 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment

Why, them catholics are just SOOOO smart! I could never figure out which to do if ever I was cornered by somebody possessed by demons and such! Really, would you try to spook the devil out of ‘em or just burn ‘em at the stake and get it over with quick? And as for ol’ Ted, I’m thinkin’ how interestin’ it’d be to watch how he tries to get all them Charlie Brown rubes to try an’ kick that football again!

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By Inherit The Wind, January 9, 2011 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

This is why I use the TV to watch football, occasional news, and as a monitor for DVDs and other video formats.

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