programming note

The Catholic Church Is Making a Pseudo-Reality Show About Demonic Possession

With so much material ripe for television — child molestation! financial scandals! international travel intrigue! — I’m surprised the Vatican hasn’t bitten into the reality genre already. But they’re about to with The Exorcist Files, a series the Catholic Church is working on with the Discovery Channel. The show “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.” Now clearly producers and the church are intent on debunking the many myths of exorcisms and demons, and righting public perception on what goes in to ridding the human body of satanic possession. For the public good! And oh boy do I know just the viral strategy for Discovery’s marketing department.