Do you ever watch reality shows on television? Whether it’s ghost hunting, survival of the fittest, big brother, little sister, or who’s on first? Regardless of the genre of reality show you might watch, do you ever wonder how much reality you’re really watching?

A few years ago when Ghost Hunters was first televised I watched it, curious as to what they discovered in so many, supposedly, haunted locations. Back then, many an episode went by with rarely anything occurring. Now it seems that there are ghosts, demons, or shadow people no matter the location they investigate. You can feel that the show has gone by way of the scripto bird. I know firsthand from doing paranormal investigations that, more times than not, you’ll get zero, documented activity. I know they were making something happen in order to increase the ratings but I don’t consider that fair to their loyal viewers. Too much activity wasn’t reality, so I quit watching the show.

The same thing happened with the Moonshiners, Mountain Monsters, and Lizard Lick Towing reality shows. First of all, I mean really, if moonshine is illegal are you REALLY going to put your face on television where everyone who lives around you can recognize the location of your still? And that everyone includes the police? Secondly, just how many Big Foot creatures are out there? According to Mountain Monsters, there must be at least 6, 432 sub species of Big Foot, most of them with weird names. Like Lizard Beast, Snout Charger, etc. Funny thing is, though, all you ever see are blurry pictures of so-said sightings, they never catch anything, and they all act as though they were nearly killed in any given episode.

I’m really not being judgmental, “she said, judgmentally,” but I’d appreciate reality when watching a reality show. So far, the only program that doesn’t appear scripted and has held my attention is Expedition Unknown. The host of that show has the coolest job on the planet!  If you’ve never seen the show, I’d recommend giving it at least one viewing. It’ll be worth the hour.

I do watch new reality television shows as often as I can, just to see how the flow works. Given that Through the Veil will, hopefully!, find its home and air next year, I know I’ll be caught up in the whole reality world realm.  When it does air, I’m sure you’ll see my face from time to time, and when you do, I guarantee that what you’ll see will be the real deal. The entire Through the Veil team made a commitment from the get-go that the show stays real or we don’t do it at all. That means no scripting, no fake props, no goofy, made-up ‘paranormal’ events. You’ll get the real deal. We’d never fake anything for ratings, especially when it comes to dealing with the dead. Better to be respected in your field than to be used as chattel for Nielsen ratings.

Until next time, smooches to my peeps!



  1. bj haggerty on September 24, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    well said my friend!!!!

  2. Dave Young on September 24, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Totally agree. We will never fake or BS.
    I am a Josh Gates huge fan. He is my alter-ego. As an archeologist, his searches are quite informative.
    That was my dream profession in school. Archeology. I wanted to be one but my guidance counselor mocked me saying all was already discovered and the profession will probably fade away. lol. What a dork I was for paying attention. So plan b was implemented.
    Anyway…..let’s keep it real. Real reality.

    • Deborah LeBlanc on September 26, 2016 at 5:56 am

      I can so see you doing Josh Gates’ job!

  3. Deborah LeBlanc on September 24, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Amen, my brothers!

  4. Charles Todd on September 25, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Thought about you during g Bouchercon in New Orleans last week!
    Your Big Fan
    Charles Todd

    • Deborah LeBlanc on September 26, 2016 at 5:55 am

      Wish I could have been there!

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