Not content to ruin our holidays with marathons of Mork & Mindy and force-feed us low-budget professional wrestling in ECW, Sci Fi Channel is preparing to take the quick and easy (and cheap) path once again.
The cable network, part of NBC Universal, has green-lit a third season of Destination Truth, the absurd reality series in which “world traveler and intrepid explorer Josh Gates … will once again take viewers around the globe in search of answers to some of the world’s most intriguing unexplained mysteries.”
The brazenly breathless renewal announcement from NBC Universal highlights Gates’ recent induction into The Explorer’s Club, “(a prestigious and exclusive organization dedicated to the advancement of exploration and field research).” I think I remember Scrooge McDuck going on about those guys in an episode of DuckTales when I was a kid. Nothing against Gates — I’ve watched a few episodes and he’s a fine presenter. But he’s no Josh Bernstein and the material is 100% Sasquatch dung.
And so the de-fiction-ification of the Sci Fi Channel continues apace. Soon there will be nothing left on Sci Fi but but the Sci — and it’s pseudoscience, at that.
Continue reading for a press release that describes the travels awaiting whomever chooses to tune in for Destination Truth:
SCI FI ORDERS A THIRD SEASON OF REALITY HIT DESTINATION TRUTH
Published: January 12, 2009
NEW YORK, NY — January 12, 2009— SCI FI Channel has renewed its investigative reality hit Destination Truth for a third season, following its blockbuster 2nd season that achieved double-digit growth. World traveler and intrepid explorer Josh Gates will return to host nine all-new episodes, slated to premiere on SCI FI in Fall 2009.
Josh, a recent inductee to The Explorers Club (a prestigious and exclusive organization dedicated to the advancement of exploration and field research), will once again take viewers around the globe in search of answers to some of the world’s most intriguing unexplained mysteries. In a Destination Truth first, this season will feature United States-based investigations, in Alaska and in Florida. Other adventures include a trip through the ghost towns of Chernobyl, a trek into eastern Turkey in search of a lake mystery and an attempt to uncover secrets behind of the Bermuda Triangle. The team will also return for another investigation of the mystery that last season yielded the show’s most compelling evidence to date: the Himalayan Mountains and the timeless myth of the Yeti.
Josh’s thrilling and humorous adventures into the unknown made Destination Truth a bona fide ratings hit for SCI FI, bringing in over 1 million new viewers over its 6-week debut season in summer of 2007. Season 2 was the best sophomore performance for a reality series on SCI FI ever, and outperformed the first season in all key demographics: household rating (+9%), total viewers (+15%), Adults 18-49 (+17%) and Adults 25-54 (+28%).
Destination Truth will be Executive Produced by Brad Kuhlman for Ping Pong Productions (1000 Places to See Before You Die, Celebrity Rehab, FM Nation). Bechara Gholam will serve as co-executive producer.
SCI FI Channel is a television network where “what if” is what’s on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com <http://www.scifi.com>) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.