Giving the TV thing another go

It seems a surprising number of years ago now, but a while ago, Skeptoid Media partnered with New Rule Productions to form Skeptologist Partners. We shot a 1-hour TV pilot called The Skeptologists with an all-star cast of the top personalities in scientific skepticism. We had a great agent and partnered with one of TV Land’s top production companies, and got very close to a network deal. But the concept wasn’t quite right. We wanted to be too skeptical, and the networks wanted a paranormal explanation to turn out to be the true one — at least some of the time. That wasn’t the show we brought them, so as close as we got, we never sealed a deal (our slot was ultimately taken by Hairy Bikers, and I wish I was kidding). We went back to the drawing board.

Left to right: Reichart Von Wolfsheild, Ryan Johnson, Natalia Reagan, Brian Dunning, Kiki Sanford

Left to right: Reichart Von Wolfsheild, Ryan Johnson, Natalia Reagan, Brian Dunning, Kiki Sanford

Fast forward to today. We have completely revised the concept. Whereas The Skeptologists featured a team of skeptical superheroes who would get the bat signal and race to the scene of the pseudoscience, this new show will — oh, wait, I guess I’m not supposed to say anything about the concept. But it’s better, and it’s a show I’d love to watch. So will you.

Director Ryan Johnson returns from The Skeptologists, as do I as the host. Our panel of science superstars is different, as it’s not so much a “skeptical” show as a “good science vs bad science” show. Skeptologist alum and physiologist Dr. Kiki Sanford (This Week in Science) returns as one of our experts, and is joined by scientist and engineer Reichart Von Wolfsheild (Invention USA) and primatologist Natalia Reagan (10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty).

This past weekend we did the shooting, and are now starting on the process. We’re far from having a TV deal, but this is probably the best project yet we’ll have brought the networks. If you read this blog or listen to Skeptoid, this is your show. We wouldn’t have made it had it not been for the years of support and appreciation you’ve shown.

So, beat drums and sacrifice small animals to help us bring this program onto the air. You can also help (a LOT) by supporting Principles of Curiosity, another project in active development being brought to you by the same production crew. If you have an inquiry about either project, you can email me.

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Science writer Brian Dunning is the host and producer of Skeptoid.
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6 Responses to Giving the TV thing another go

  1. Bob Jase says:

    I dunno, this sounds as if it might be educationable – that won’t fly in the US of Proud Ignorance.

    • John Denys says:

      Skeptoid and SGU are both from the US.

      • Shane Harvey says:

        The US has a population of 324,718,481 people give or take a redneck, there are bound to be a few skeptics in there somewhere and the rest are the entertainment. It’s an great opportunity to offend millions of people, to be accused of being part of a global communist conspiracy, to be accused of working for the CIA, to be accused of being unpatriotic and anti-American and not working for the CIA (like that’s a bad thing), to be sued for pointing out that something that obviously doesn’t work obviously doesn’t work. I hope it goes ahead but unfortunately I don’t think it will have as many hairy bikers.

  2. Peg says:

    Yippee! Our world needs this. Godspeed Brian, godspeed.

  3. Sounds great, let’s hope you’ve cracked the secret. I will pray to something on your behalf.

  4. mudguts says:

    I’ll dial up some extra juju in the hope of seeing here one day..

    hey.. you could do worse than the hairy bikers down here.. 2 old poms riding on bikes around asia and cooking is not a bad show compared to the fare offered by commercial TV here..

    On commercial TV.. how many ads for natural preparations that do zilch should one be exposed to at night… god there must be some money behind that!!!

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