The Shorty Interview w/ Carla Baron
February 1, 2011
What's your best tweet?
What.. you think I'm done besting myself? ;)
What are six things you could never do without?
My psychic ability. My inner glow. My sense of humor during most anything. My remarkable resilience. My capacity for love. My quantum leaps.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
As a "mini me" updater. ♥
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Still investigating these.. I'll get back to you.
Twitter or Facebook?
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
The Shorty Awards.
What feature should Twitter add?
A coffee bar.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
Maybe someday, we'll tweet in tandem, he & I. *♥*
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Really? You wanna go there? haha
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Yes. Who? - cannot divulge. Why? - wasn't that intrigued anymore.
Why should we vote for you?
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
psychic, medium, clairvoyant, psychic profiler, Haunting Evidence, ghosts, esp, psychic readings, ghosthunting, real hauntings, paranormal
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Twitter has become my primary news source .. getting lightning fast intel on anything relevant to me & the universe.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
How do you make your tweets unique?
My mind cannot help but go there.
What inspires you to tweet?
The need to connect w/ a mass number of souls this lifetime in so many diverse & wondrous ways.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Uh.. isn't that the point? ;)
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Tweet from the heart, but w/ a sense of social responsibility, as you do not know who may be monitoring your unique expressions.
How long can you go without a tweet?
I'm somewhat balanced, so I exercise complete control over my tweeting behavior.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
Why doesn't the Shorty vote counter actually work? Or perhaps a ginormous hypnotizing ploy for total world domination?
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Twitter evolves into a mass media global conglomerate.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
It's all relevant. Everyone's tweets have a place in this universe. ♥
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
Haven't discovered that person yet.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That it has to be perfect - every little tweet. These are momentary "time capsules" of your days & nights, telling your unique story.
Why should people follow you?
I'm a semi-celeb psychic girl. Who wouldn't want to follow the ravings of such an individual?
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
They're ALL one-of-a-kind.
How do you decide what to tweet?
My impulses are many & varied. I tend to go with those. The psychic element here has served me well.
Why'd you start tweeting? Career Networking. Socializing. Personal expression.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Oh, absolutely. I've now got a new place to love & be loved. ♥
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
They couldn't possibly do any more than they are currently. They would simultaneously burst into tiny little supernovas if they did. ☄
How will the world change in the next year?
We're headed towards 2012. It's an exciting time to be incarnate on this plane. ಌ✰ ~* ☆ ☾ ★ ಌ ✰ ∾
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Not keeping to the 140 (half-finished phrasing) .. saying things you later regret out there .. TMI is not always a reflection 2 public demand
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
You're asking a world-renowned psychic this question .. not enough space for my predictions. But let's suffice to say - I will still be here.
*The Shorty Interview w/ Carla Baron*
EXCLUSIVE: FBI PSYCHICS TURN UP FACE OF MADDY 'KILLER'
Sunday October 19,2008
A DRAWING of a man two FBI psychics say snatched Madeleine McCann has been produced by an American TV programme.
Now investigators working for Kate and Gerry McCann say they want to see the so-called evidence revealed in the programme, which was screened last week in the US.
The drawing is of a man aged between 36 and 42 with thick dark brown or black hair and stubble. It has now been handed over to police in Portugal.
It was produced by two psychic criminal profilers who work closely with the FBI in America.
A spokesman for the McCanns said that although they were deeply sceptical of information from psychics, they want their private investigators to examine the information which was broadcast.
"If they have given their files to the police in Portugal they should also pass them on to our investigators," said Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns spokesman, who gave a brief interview to the programme makers.
GHOST HUNTERS: John J Oliver, Patrick Burns and Carla Baron from TV's Haunting Evidence
The programme says the man has a pronounced accent and looks and sounds Middle Eastern, possibly Egyptian, and drives a mid-sized dark silver car with a parking permit or some other identifying sticker inside the windscreen on the driver's side.
He may have been wearing a blue, button-up shirt and working as a transient labourer close to the apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve where Madeleine was staying with her family before vanishing on May 3.
The report given to Portuguese police says the man is known as Steve or Stav and took the child to a summer rental apartment in the nearby village of Lagos.
The team, clairvoyant Carla Baron, psychic John J Oliver and paranormal investigator Patrick Burns spent a week in Portugal, starting their inquiries at the Ocean club resort where the McCanns had been staying.
Ms Baron said she immediately picked up on the vision of "Steve" or "Stav" stalking the family and photographing Madeleine at the beach before snatching her several days later.
Ms Baron said: "He snapped off a cell phone photo while looking like he was making a call."
"I also see him taking notes on a small notepad as he watched the comings and goings of the McCann family to see what their routine was."
When he finally pounced at night, while Madeleine's parents were in a nearby restaurant, Ms Baron and Mr Oliver said the little girl did not even wake up as he crept into the children's bedroom and picked her up.
Mr Oliver: "He took her to his car. There were people walking who saw him but he just looked as if he was a father carrying a sleeping child and they didn't take any notice."
They say the abductor placed Madeleine in the front passenger seat of his dark silver car, which may have had even darker or black trim.
Mr Oliver said he believes that the abductor may have stopped briefly at a deserted farmhouse east of the town before driving to his eventual destination - a furnished room rented out during the summer in nearby Lagos.
Executives at Tru TV, part of media tycoon Ted Turner's CNN network, which makes the Haunting Evidence programme, passed the apartment address to police but withheld it from transmission.
The psychics say she was murdered there by being smothered by a pillow several days after her abduction because the man feared he would be caught.
Ms Baron believes the man then bundled her into the boot of his car and drove to a remote area, close to a landfill and man-made dam, where he buried her. This location has also been passed to police.
The FBI takes psychic evidence seriously and all three members of the Haunting Evidence team have been used in major criminal investigations.
Sunday Express|UK News exclusive
(PRWEB) April 14, 2008 -- Carla Baron, star of truTV's "Haunting Evidence," has just wrapped filming for Season 3, and is now ready to set out on whatever the future may bring in the diversified scope of paranormal programming.
Having just wrapped the final location shoot for "Haunting Evidence" Season 3, psychic profiler Carla Baron is now looking towards new horizons within the paranormal genre, specifically those that do not relate to the psychic-crime field which has become her hallmark these past few years.
"I am ready for a fresh adventure - more true hauntings, the hunt for the presence of actual ghosts, or perhaps even utilizing my abilities to predict future love matches on a new psychic reality format ... sort of a 'psychic match.com,' if you will," Miss Baron ponders.
"The psychic-crime field has burst wide open since I came into this at pretty much its inception, but now I'd like to get back to what inspired me to go into this realm in the first place - the unknown, is there life after death, what lies beyond, what continues to haunt us, how can we use this ability to assist us in our daily lives and be the better for it."
Producers, networks, studio execs, and anyone wishing to present their projects in development may contact Carla Baron directly through her website @ www.carlabaron.net.
Look for Season 3 of truTV's "Haunting Evidence" to premiere sometime this fall. Check your local listings for air dates / times.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 23, 2007 -- Carla Baron, star of Court TV's "Haunting Evidence," is doing a little peering into her own future these days.
Passionate fans of Court TV have recently witnessed a big overhaul at their favorite cable channel, soon to bear the new moniker, truTV. As part of an extensive branding initiative that will also include a new look, new logo and expanded line-up, the new name "reflects the network's popular line-up of series that offers first-person access to exciting, real-life stories," according to their press release issued earlier this month.
In light of the fresh changeover, Ms. Baron is considering all her options -- taking into consideration various new projects that would best highlight her continuing work in the ever-expanding field of the paranormal. "Court TV was a virtual pioneer in the marriage of psychic and real-life crime solving. My respect for them is immense," states Carla Baron.
"I now think it's a perfect time for me to explore new horizons within this growing genre. Perhaps I may venture back to my love of ghost hunting (MTV's Fear), or maybe connecting with spirit on haunted locations (Dead Famous). I miss that tingle and excitement I felt when encountering a true ghost or spiritual presence. There's nothing quite like it in this world," Carla professes.
In the wings -- Ms. Baron is in discussions on several new paranormal projects with cable TV producers. "It's an exciting time for a psychic to be working in television right now. What a wonderful way to impart knowledge and depth to this field which was once considered taboo not long ago."
Carla Baron can be reached via her main website @ www.carlabaron.net.
about the Holloway case. "I'm crystal clear on this one."
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 18, 2007 --Carla Baron gives an inside look at Season 2 of Court TV's "Haunting Evidence." They sat down with Carla, star of the hit series, to discover more about this famous psychic, and her whirlwind ride into danger, intrigue, and the unknown.
Q: What's been new in your life since the last season of "Haunting Evidence?"
A: I've been so busy with the new season of "Haunting Evidence" that I haven't had a life. I'm always packing my bags or shooting. I really haven't had two seconds to breathe.
Personally, I do feel more comfortable in my own skin now and I look much better. That projects on TV. The confidence shows. I'm happy about it. I don't feel so guarded.
Q: What has been the most difficult "Haunting Evidence" case?
A: There has never been a distinct obstacle to keep me from getting an answer. Whatever I am supposed to see, I see. This season, viewers will really get to see my methodology. I really get to work the way I like to work.
The producers, however, did keep having to slow me down. "Carla," they'd say, "we don't want you to solve this case in three minutes. The show will be over too quickly." I am lightning fast. And the faster I work, the more accurate I am. It's like a laser light show.
John works just the opposite way. He takes more time - which is why we're so good together on screen.
Q: During your investigation, what did you find out about Natalee Holloway?
A: I pretty much nailed it. I knew, for a long time, that I'd be working on this case. I knew whatever I was going to contribute was going to be poignant. I was willing to place myself in an area of danger and name names. I described in detail what happened-after I worked the case, there's nothing left to ponder. I'm crystal clear on this one.
Q: Will police ever discover Natalee Holloway's killer?
A: I think the police already know who the killer is. But there's a lot of fear down there - you can sense it in the air.
Q: Have you ever tried to contact Lana Clarkson?
A: From the Phil Spector trial? I don't connect with victims, per se, unless officially requested by law enforcement assigned, or immediate family.
Q: What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
A: It's the glow I get when I do a reading. That's why I do them. It's like a personal therapy for me. When I'm in a reading, I center myself and become a better person with each reading. Other psychics are drained when they do it, but I'm energized. In fact, it can take me three or four hours to wind down after I'm done.
Q: What is the most difficult part of your job?
A: Waking up and realizing that another year has gone by. It seems like five minutes. My work is so invigorating that I forget time goes by. It's like a fountain of youth. The more I do, the younger and more energetic I feel. It's difficult when other people are stuck in real time and I'm in a different time dimension.
Q: What is the murder case you'd most like to investigate?
A: Jack the Ripper. I'd want to see what Jack did.
Q: Why not do it?
A: I don't get involved unless I'm officially invited. I don't have time to indulge myself.
I'd also like to study the Zodiac Killer. I'm a child of the seventies, which was the real dawn of serial killers. For some reason it became a big cultural influence back then.
I'd like to investigate Lizzie Borden, too. She was certainly a product of the media, and an early student of using the media to 'swing' things her way.
Q: Do you think most police and prosecutors believe you can help them solve difficult cases?
A: As with any group, there are certain individuals who have vision, and are open to exploring new avenues when nothing else is working. This is definitely part of the future, especially in law enforcement, where people are beginning to take their egos out of the equation when doing their jobs.
Q: Please describe what it feels like to contact the dead.
A: To me, it's exactly the same as communicating with the living. I don't see them as 'dead.' They have the same energy as a living person. They sound the same. No difference.
Producers, press and media agencies, network representatives, and others wishing to contact Ms. Baron directly should do so by visiting her official website: www.carlabaron.net.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 4, 2007 -- Carla Baron is gearing up for the premiere of her runaway hit Court TV series, "Haunting Evidence," launching it's 2nd season on June 20th with a one-hour special on the Natalee Holloway investigation in Aruba.
Television audiences know Carla Baron, internationally renowned psychic, from her work on Court TV's "Psychic Detectives," ABC's "Primetime," MTV's "Fear," and the British hit program, "Dead Famous," which has broadcast in the United States on the Biography Channel. Her series, "Haunting Evidence," also appears in regular syndication on the UK's LIVINGtv network, and Australia's FOXTEL.
Carla is most famous for her role as a psychic profiler, in which she assists police departments in identifying perpetrators in long standing unsolved crimes, homicides and abductions, in particular. In fact, Ms. Baron recently received what are now many hundreds of heartfelt requests worldwide - begging for her assistance in the kidnapping of little Madeleine McCann from her holiday apartment in Portugal on the night of May 3rd.
"I am so excited for this 2nd season of Haunting Evidence to begin," Carla remarks. "There is a surprise reveal right before the special on Natalee that is not to be missed!"
Ms. Baron states that her current contract with Court TV is up for renewal, and she is in negotiations for a possible Season 3, should one be ordered by the network in the next few months. On the horizon - Carla is also considering several other pilots for series in development, all of which possess diverse and fascinating premises within the realm of the paranormal.
One thing's for certain, though - we will be seeing much more of Carla Baron. (And we didn't need to consult our "crystal ball" for that one!)
Producers, press and media agencies, network representatives, and others wishing to contact Ms. Baron directly should do so by visiting her official website: www.carlabaron.net.
COURT TV'S HIT SERIES, PSYCHIC DETECTIVES, HAUNTING EVIDENCE AND HOLLYWOOD JUSTICE, HAVE BEEN SOLD FOR INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION IN AUSTRALIA
New York, NY - January 31, 2007 - Court TV's international distributor RDF has sold three of Court TV's hit shows to FOXTEL, Australia's leading subscription television provider. FOXTEL has taken on the networks highest rated shows, Psychic Detectives seasons 1-3, Haunting Evidence, and the high-profile celebrity series, Hollywood Justice, to be distributed to their cable, satellite and digital services.
Psychic Detectives is the popular series that started America's obsession with the talented men and women who help law enforcement solve some of the country's toughest cases. This series, which focuses on fascinating stories of psychics who developed the uncanny tips and unexplainable clues that have helped detectives solve baffling cases for years, premiered on February 27, 2003.
Haunting Evidence premiered on July 12, 2006, and follows an unusual investigation with a team of unconventional experts comprised of psychic profiler Carla Baron, paranormal investigator Patrick Burns, and medium John J. Oliver. In each episode, the team -- who receives no information on the case other than the victim's name -- uses their skills to visualize and describe the details of the crime with amazing accuracy.
Hollywood Justice first premiered on Court TV on October 2, 2003 and takes an in-depth look at high-profile celebrities who have had brushes with the law. Packed with interviews of friends, families and journalists, each show follows a celebrity from the entertainment page to the front page.
"Court TV series continue to garner international interest, and our programming becomes more in demand with the launch of each new original series," said Jennifer Buzzelli, Senior Director, International Distribution and Co-Production. "The genre that we provide programmers is one that resonates with their viewers, and our series such as Haunting Evidence, Psychic Detectives and Hollywood Justice, have seen a growing importance in the international marketplace even before they air in the US, which speaks volumes for our network."
Court TV, a Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. company, provides a window on the American system of justice through distinctive programming that both informs and entertains. Seen in 86 million U.S. homes, Court TV NetworksTM is comprised of Court TV NewsTM, which provides live trial coverage in daytime; Court TV: Seriously EntertainingTM in prime time, featuring investigative drama, expert reality and compelling non-fiction series; and Court TV ExtraTM, a subscription Web-based service offering viewers an interactive opportunity to watch multiple live trials on the Internet, while accessing the tremendous resources of Court TV OnlineTM. The Court TV websites can be accessed via www.courttv.com and www.courttvnews.com.
CARLA BARON INTERVIEW
We met with Haunting Evidence's Psychic Profiler and talked to her about her life and work.
How do you avoid getting emotionally involved with your clients?
I tell them right away. The less I'm involved emotionally, the more I can see for them. When I start getting involved I see less. And I can sleep at night, if I get too close I have trouble sleeping.
How do you get along with the cops involved with the show?
They're pretty good to me because I make it fun for them. I make it an event. I stimulate their intuitive capabilities - I teach them to utilise their abilities. And I'm around them all the time, they see it from their perspective, through their eyes, so what I do doesn't seem weird at all for them. I dont act weird or abnormal; I act like a regular person who happens to have this talent. I don't care if they believe me.
Do you have an interest in crime?
No, I hated the fact I was known for crime profiling at first. I coined the term psychic profiler, I didn't want to be known as a 'psychic detective,' and so I came up with the term psychic profiler. No one used it before I did.
How do you get along with your Haunting Evidence co-stars?
With John, [J. Oliver - Medium] there's an integrity and respect. He's like my nerdy twin and I'm the cool twin. We have a lot in common, we both study nutrition and health. We both talk along the same lines, even though he's my exact opposite. I'm very high energy, he's very low energy - intense and inward. He's extremely intelligent and he's possibly the only one I could have worked with in this sort of situation.
How about Patrick?
The first season he was getting his 'sea legs.' But now he's coming into his own - the three of us make it work. We all have our contributions to make and our roles are defined. We all know what we're going to bring to the table.
How demanding is the show to make?
We tend to do it with very little sleep, in the freezing cold. You have to be physically fit to do this show. The terrain, the mountains, the snow - physically it's very tough. You could not be out of shape and do this. I cycle ten miles every week, John does Tae Kwon Do, we all have to keep fit.
What do you have to take with you to the set?
A lot. I have two trunks with my stuff. I do my own hair and make up on the show so I have to get up at 3.45am. I also take all my nutritional supplements and my tarot cards.
How do you pass the time on location?
I've become quite the little shutterbug on set. The producers have said what a great eye I have for photography, so I'm taking stills of the show. And I've finally got some pictures of me, for ten years there were no pictures of me.
There were so many bad ones. People just seemed to take these horrifying pictures of me. Then I started taking my own and I practiced and got much better.
Do you have any plans for the future?
I get glimpses into my own future. I knew TV would be a major part of my life. I was a massive television fan and I was involved with the production side before this. It's weird how I had a need to get experience in all sides of TV. Perhaps one day I'd like to have my own show, I think I could handle it.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes I do. There's that instant recognition that triggers a memory that two souls have shared even before they come into their lifetime. There's a phrase or a glance or something small that's previously been agreed upon which would be the signal to both of them and would be instantly recognizable.
Who is your ideal man?
I don't really date, for the last ten years its all been about my work and career but the guys I'm attracted to are all similar. They're dark-haired, they're loners, creators to a certain degree. I didn't date until I got into college. My first boyfriend was a trumpet player, same as the man I nearly married, which was my last serious relationship. I only have one criteria - don't cheat on me, ever. I'm a Scorpio girl through and through - so it's not wise to cheat on me.
What was your formative psychic experience?
When I was a young girl my dad found this injured rabbit in the woods. He had a pretty terrible wound on his back, most of his back was missing. There wasn't really anything we could do for him, but out of desperation, I placed my hands over the wound. I felt this heat leaving my hands and this power in my body. The next day the rabbit was fine, there wasn't a mark on him.
How did you react?
I was pretty freaked out.
Can you control your abilities?
I have taught myself to control them. Now I can turn it off and on like a light switch. It's like a laser, I can train it in a certain direction. With some people they get totally drained, but it energizes me.
What did being involved in Beauty Pageants teach you?
Politics and diplomacy. I was a finalist in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant and had to speak before large groups of people. They advised me to talk about certain things, but I just spoke off the cuff and they loved me. It taught me manners and diplomacy, how to carry myself.
Music is an important factor in your life?
I sing every day, I sing on the set, when I'm walking down the street. I was a voice and music major at Carnegie-Mellon University, it was just like the show Fame with everyone singing and dancing in the halls. I was an over-achiever and won all the awards. I like all types of music. I burn CDs and play them for everyone on the set.
So if you were asked to appear on Celebrity X Factor, you'd jump at that?
I don't know about that! I've spent so many years singing and playing music and working in the music industry, I'm not sure it's my sort of thing. The one type of music I listen to the least is classical, as I was trained in that type of music and it was driven into me for years so it's hard for me to listen to it for pleasure. Five hours a day, every day I practised. I still have arm muscles that are crazy big, so I could compete. I'm into pop music, alternative stuff. I like to stay on top of what's fresh. I have friends who used to work with Snoop and Ice Cube so I listen to some rap, I'm pretty well rounded. I'm not predictable. That's my moon in Gemini. I'm Scorpio with Cancer rising and my moon in Gemini.
Can you sense which sign I am?
The way the questions have been asked, how detailed you are - I'd say you've got Virgo in your top tier. You seem organized.
True. I'm Virgo.
Pretty good right? Twelve signs and I nailed it!
*courtesy of LIVINGtv
|Profiling Crimes Psychically
An interview with Carla Baron of Court TV's Haunting Evidence
By Jason McCurry
|In Ghost Whisperer I Trust
With their quaint interest in the truth, TV's crusading psychics offer a new kind of escapism in the duplicitous Bush era
By Dale Hrabi
Jennifer Love Hewitt sees all as the Ghost Whisperer I have a confession: I'm compulsively drawn to TV's psychics and their criminal-nabbing, family-reuniting powers. Please don't tell my bosses at Radar. They demand icy skepticism at all times and once sprayed me with mace just for saying I liked Jesus. And, really, all I meant was that I liked Jesus's look: the tidy beard, the mysteriously Caucasian skin, the skillful exploitation of lambs as accessories.
Despite the risks of being discovered and maimed, I can't help myself. I love the spooky showboating sleuths who populate two hit Court TV shows, Psychic Detectives and Haunting Evidence, and can't get enough of Jennifer Love Hewitt as the supernaturally perky Ghost Whisperer in CBS's "based-on-reality" series. I haven't yet fully succumbed to Medium (too dreary), Psyche (too third-eye-in-cheek), or the newest wannabe, Heroes, but the latter is scattered with clairvoyants and telepaths and conspiracies, so I'll probably keep tuning in ... discreetly.
Haunting Evidence's crimefighters arrive on the scene: (from left) Paranormal investigator Patrick Burns; Psychic profiler Carla Baron; and medium John J. Oliver
I'm told my top-secret perversion is also popular in England (home of hits like Most Haunted and the supposedly awesome Afterlife), Australia (Sensing Murder), and Japan, where 17 million weekly viewers watch a reality show called Chounouryoku Sousakan which translates as "FBI: Psychic Detectives" or possibly "Deviant Behavior Set to John Philip Sousa Marches." And then there are the Scandinavians, reportedly as nuts for televised psychics as they are for alcoholism and despair.
But hold on. I'm not a disconsolate drunk like the Swedes, or short, like the Japanese. I'm not gullible white trash. (My family preferred the term "pallid debris.") No stranger to skepticism, I graduated from a reputable university where my ruthless demystification of the Pippi Longstocking trilogy was widely praised.
So why am I suddenly so susceptible to psychic sleuths?
Perhaps it has something to do with this shady point in America's history, when public figures from "novelists" to priests to pedophiliac Republican congressmen just routinely lie. When it comes to trotting out my skepticism, my exhaustion makes poor Lindsay Lohan's seem mild. Frankly, I'm desperate to believe in something, and TV's truth-chasing psychics offer a nice antidote to institutionalized deceit. I admire their determination to expose criminals who have, so far, "got away with it." I love the seductive notion that no lie can escape their apparent All-Knowingness. Even if they're lying, too and, yes, I'm versed in the tricks of cold reading, and realize that clever editing can simulate psychic awareness -well, I don't care.
In her second season as the Ghost Whisperer, Hewitt is growing increasingly skilled at scripted omniscience. Her daffy, humble character, Melinda Gordon, sells antiques at the senselessly named store Same As It Never Was in a town that's hermetically sweet in that pre-terrorism, 1950s way (no surprise: the show is filmed on the old Back to the Future set). Nevertheless, this town is crawling with dead people. Ghosts who need to be heard. They either didn't commit some crime, or don't actually hate their mothers. And since Melinda alone can hear their whispers, they randomly assault her as she's buying lattes or coordinating another ill-conceived "vintage" outfit in which to show off her intuitive cleavage. You'd think she might find this unnerving, but Melinda is both patient and never more than fleetingly troubled.
At the end of each episode, after laboriously repeating the ghost's message word-for-word to the being's once-disbelieving but now incredibly touched relatives, she sends the ghoul safely into the Light. That's when my boyfriend usually starts crying. And I'll admit it: sometimes, me, too.
Characteristic of psychic shows, the plot always hinges on a need for closure. As in: "Did Grandma really commit suicide?" Or: "But what about those hanging chads?" Or: "Did Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert know about Mark Foley's IMs or not?"
While Hewitt's character achieves closure of a gentle, loving, poorly acted sort, the real-life mystics of Court TV's Psychic Detectives and Haunting Evidence pull no punches. The former reenacts investigations that psychics have allegedly solved; the latter showcases paranormal sleuthing in real-time, as a trio of spiritualists try to kick-start cold cases in the tradition of America's Most Wanted.
As the Haunted Evidence crew visits mundane towns quintessentially "torn apart" by the slaughter of someone's child, wife, or girlfriend, their SUV creeps down lonely streets until one of them yells "Stop!" correctly identifying the murder scene, as the voice-over points out. Then the real work begins.
Globally "sought-after medium" John Oliver, rarely seen without his $260 Gucci sunglasses (perhaps because his eyes tend to roll back in his head), spends a lot of time aggressively sniffing the air before delivering his insights in the authoritative, slightly prissy manner of a wedding planner. "Renowned psychic profiler" Carla Baron - a "fierce, Holly Hunterish woman" tends to get pissed as her sense of the murder crystallizes. In the case of a girl who was fatally raped while drunk, Baron suddenly bristles: "She told [the attacker], 'I don't even feel it. Do what you want.' And that infuriates him."
It's gaudy television, full of bluish lighting and gratuitous f/x, but, for anyone who needs a break from the 24/7 cynicism the Bush years require, it's also soothing television. After suspending doubt for an hour, watching as Oliver and Baron cluck and fume their way closer to the killer's identity, or a child-molester gets cornered by the Psychic Detectives, I'm ready to return 'refreshed and renewed'to the business of doubting absolutely everything.
At least until it's my time to be prodded into the Light by Jennifer Love Hewitt's breasts.
A Court TV producer turned to the cops
to find crime-busting seers
How do you suss out a psychic? That has been the preoccupation of Robyn Hutt,who's had a major hand in finding stars for two Court TV shows that tap into the great unknown to solve crimes, Psychic Detectives and Haunting Evidence.
Hutt,who is senior vice president of current programming and specials at the network, isn't the ethereal type. And her levelheaded approach has probably been a real good thing. Her crews were spooked several times when filming Haunting Evidence earlier this year.
The program,which stars medium John Oliver, psychic profiler Carla Baron and paranormal investigator Patrick Burns, focuses on murders that have never been solved."There have been several times when the crew that's filming is completely terrified,"Hutt says."They have been standing in the woods at the scene of a murder and been completely freaked out. But we haven't had anyone quit yet."
Carla Baron's reputation as a medium has been building ever since she was a child. By the time she was a voice major at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, people started showing up at her door in numbers - and occasionally, a cop would elbow in on the last 20 minutes of a reading in hopes she could help him with a case.
Hutt seems to have managed to find psychics with the right stuff. During the making of both series, police have been startled on a few occasions when the TV psychics reveal something that law enforcement officials were trying to keep secret from the general public, she says. "They've asked us to turn off the cameras, and want to talk with the psychics privately."
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Premieres Wednesday, June 14th at 10:30 PM ET/PT
New York, NY (May 25, 2006) From the network that started the paranormal crime-solving phenomenon with Psychic Detectives, comes a new show that takes the genre to the next level. Haunting Evidence, a new original series premiering Wednesday, June 14th at 10:30 PM, follows an unusual investigation with a team of unconventional experts comprised of psychic profiler Carla Baron, medium John Oliver, and paranormal investigator Patrick Burns. In each episode, Carla and John -- who receive little or no information on the case other than the victim's name -- use their skills to visualize and describe the details of the crime with amazing accuracy. Then, within 24-hours, the team provides law enforcement with their insights, which include vivid descriptions of the culprit as well as other telling leads that may offer clues, and eventually closure, to a case that has gone cold.
Ms. Baron offers, "I truly feel that as a series, Haunting Evidence will usher the audience into each investigation with a fresh perspective never seen before the next subsequent plateau, if you will, following the lead of Court TV's immensely popular groundbreaking series, Psychic Detectives."
"For my own contribution, the viewer will gain a unique access into the mind of a psychic profiler, and the particular process I undergo, as it happens in 'real' time," Carla explains.
"A more enlightened viewing public, and a network of the extraordinary caliber of Court TV to boot who could ask for a more winning combination than that!"
"Haunting Evidence" is produced for Court TV by Departure Films, with Max Weissman as executive producer and Tim Robbins, producer. For Court TV, Robyn Hutt, Senior Vice President Current Programming and Specials, is the series creator. Madelyn Brudner is the Coordinating Producer; Ed Hersh is the Executive in Charge of Production.
Carla Interviews with Ghost! Magazine
Re: Ghost! Magazine
Hello to everyone,
Yes, I had a tremendous honor bestowed to me the other day. As an interviewer, you rarely get the opportunity to be challanged by an interview subject who has such charisma and sophistication.
In what proved to be my absolute favorite interview, by a landslide, (and I've done many interviews over the years), I was enlightened and mesmerized by her abilities and sincere honesty. It was a treat to interview such a compelling individual.
The interview will be showcased in our Fall issue, along with my glowing review of Ms. Baron's new program, 'Haunting Evidence.'
I applaud Ms. Carla Baron for being the shining and standout voice, that she is, for psychic phenomena. She proves that psychics can be credible, intelligent, and strong willed.
My hats off to you my friend; & best wishes on a VERY, VERY long run on your new program.
Court TV Unveils 'Haunting Evidence'
Following the success of Court TV's original series Psychic Detectives, the network takes the paranormal/crime-solving phenomenon one step further.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 19, 2005 -- Following the success of Court TV's original series Psychic Detectives, the network takes the paranormal/crime-solving phenomenon one step further. Viewers are taken inside an unusual investigation, as a team comprised of one nationally renowned psychic profiler (Carla Baron), a seasoned paranormal investigator (Patrick Burns), and a gifted medium (John J. Oliver) visit "haunted" crime scenes, in hopes of providing fresh insight to cold cases.
Court TV is set to air its latest offering in the paranormal investigation genre. Entitled "Haunting Evidence," the new show is scheduled to premiere this June as a tentpole series for the network.
Originally conceived as a companion program for Court TV's widely popular Psychic Detectives series, Haunting Evidence will follow the team of three as they visit various unsolved crime scenes in an attempt to profile the nature of these crimes and further assist authorities.
Baron and Oliver will utilize their respective psychic and mediumistic senses, while Burns will complement the team utilizing technology-based paranormal investigation techniques in an effort to corroborate the interpretations of Baron and Oliver.
"The quintessence of the program," Baron reveals, will be to "- potentially warm up what would otherwise be classified as 'cold' cases.
Two pilot episodes have been produced and production of the series is scheduled to resume in late January 2006.
"I'm thrilled to be an integral part of this new progressive series on behalf of Court TV," exclaims Baron.
Ms. Baron elaborates, "Haunting Evidence brings a perspective that most other shows in this genre do not -- a unique opportunity to witness our intuitive process in what I term 'real time' -- a proverbial peek, if you will, into the psychic realm as it relates to unsolved cases in practical application."
In addition, Baron is anxious to perhaps explore with this series, and her expert Hauntings' team, some of the literally hundreds of missing persons & homicide cases that have poured in requesting her assistance during recent months.
"Maybe now, we can bring much needed closure to these families and individuals," Baron expresses with hope in her heart.
"Even if we can help just one person, one family, through the efforts of this program, it will have been worth everything."
Spirited TV programmers are finding that their message is the medium
By ROBERT DOMINGUEZ
Carla Baron (kneeling) of Court TV's 'Psychic Detectives'
Psychic James Van Praagh has always made a nice living by claiming to see dead people.
But he has made a killing with his ability to foresee how television audiences would be entranced by programming about psychic phenomena, haunted houses and other otherworldly encounters.
He's channeling a trend that has ghost-themed shows materializing on several, well, channels.
On TV these days, paranormal is the new normal.
Van Praagh, a best-selling author of several books on communicating with spirits, is now the executive producer of "Ghost Whisperer," an upcoming CBS series that stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as a newlywed who talks to the dead.
Following in the otherworldly footsteps of NBC's similarly themed drama, "Medium," "Ghost Whisperer" is based on an actual psychic, and is just one of a slew of new shows about the paranormal ~ all featuring real-life ghost hunters, crime-solving mediums or supposedly haunted places.
"I predicted this would happen five years ago on 'Larry King,' right after 'The Sixth Sense' came out," says Van Praagh, referring to the 1999 hit film about a boy who sees dead people.
"But what's so amazing," he adds, "is how it's become much more acceptable in the mainstream, where you're now seeing more and more of these types of shows."
The TV landscape has become a veritable ghost town in recent months, led in great part by the success of "Ghost Hunters," which began its second season in July.
Shown weekly on the Sci-Fi Channel, the reality series features a team of paranormal investigators from Rhode Island who travel to supposedly haunted sites across the U.S. and attempt to gather evidence of ghostly activity, using such high-tech equipment as infrared cameras and digital recorders.
"This kind of show is popular because almost everyone has had a paranormal experience or knows of someone who has," says Grant Wilson, one of the lead investigators on "Ghost Hunters."
Now viewers will have plenty of chances to be creeped out, as several new shows have been patterned after "Ghost Hunters."
In June, Biography Channel launched "Dead Famous: Ghostly Encounters," a reality show that pairs a female skeptic with a male psychic ~ think Mulder and Scully of "The X Files" chasing after the spirits of such deceased famous folk as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Jim Morrison.
The Travel Channel, which regularly produces such spooky specials as "America's Most Haunted Places" and "Haunted Hotels," premiered "Most Haunted" last month. The Friday-night show features a team of paranormal investigators that goes to sites in Europe.
Recently returning for a third season on Court TV is "Psychic Detectives," a series that recounts real-life cases on which cops and psychics worked together.
Based on its popularity, in November Court TV is debuting "Haunting Evidence," which has yet another investigative team ~ a psychic, a medium and a forensics expert visiting "haunted" crime scenes.
Not everyone views these shows as harmless entertainment. Joe Nickell, a columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine who regularly debunks psychics, mediums and other paranomal phenomena, calls the current trend "shameful."
"You have ignorant people on these shows misleading the public," says Nickell. "The two most egregious ones are 'Psychic Detectives' and these hapless guys on 'Ghost Hunters' with their Radio Shack equipment 'detecting' ghostly phenomena. It's nonsense, because they're not scientists.
"There's no end to these stories being out there, because they sell," adds Nickell. "That's the bottom line." Meanwhile, Van Praagh has turned his self-professed "gift" for communicating with the spirit world into a cottage industry.
Besides his books, two years ago he hosted "Beyond," a syndicated daytime talk show where he professed to contact the spirits of his guests' loved ones. And his life has been the subject of two TV movies in which he has been portrayed by such heavyweights as Tom Selleck and Ted Danson.
Van Praagh sees even more opportunities to capitalize on the public's increasing interest in otherworldly topics. This fall, in addition to "Ghost Whisperer," he's producing two shows that will merge the paranormal with two of the hotter trends in reality programming.
"Possessed Possessions," a special for The Learning Channel, will have psychics reading the energy from people's belongings. "It's like a creepy 'Antiques Roadshow,'" says Van Praagh.
The other show, for A&E, will have people receiving "psychic intuitive makeovers," he says.
"This all wasn't as accepted as it is now," says Van Praagh. "More people than ever are believing in life after death. They're looking for other belief systems and for other ways to deal with the world around them, and people want to find out what this is all about."
(Originally published on August 16, 2005)
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