Jason Hawes Ghost Hunters Announcment

Jason Hawes recently took to BeyondRealityNews to answer the two questions he’s been asked numerous times since Ghost Hunters stopped airing on Syfy.

  1. What happened?  AND
  2. Is it coming back?

Hawes spent some time explaining the show’s current status, but he also went back in time to tell the story of how the show came to be.  It seems they’d only ever intended to do a season or two, just to show people what they did and how they did it, and they only agreed to doing that after meeting with Craig Paligian, CEO of Pilgrim Productions.

Jason Hawes Ghost Hunters Announcment

Craig told them he simply wanted to film what they did and air it on television. No interference.  No manipulation.  Just an honest portrayal of paranormal investigating like we’d rarely seen on television at the time.

“That sold it to us,” Hawes explained.  “We would be allowed to ‘Keep it real and stay ourselves!'”

They honestly expected no more than one season when people saw that regardless of how rewarding paranormal investigation was, it could still be very tedious.  To their utter shock, they soon had a huge following with thousands of people showing up for their live appearances and Syfy continued to sweeten the deal to keep the guys going.

Unfortunately, as the years went by, they became more and more exhausted.  Investigation takes a lot of time and energy and they were missing out on watching their kids grow up.  By the eighth season, Grant no longer wanted to be a part of the show.  He needed a break and no one could blame him.  Still, it was a serious blow to the morale of the team.

By season 12, everything was falling apart.  The show’s following was at its highest but Syfy seemed to be completely mishandling its asset.  They were splitting up seasons, airing only a few episodes at a time, and dangling the possibility of more in the faces of the fans.

“The fans found it hard to get any answers on when the show was airing, why the seasons were so short, and when the seasons would start,” Hawes said.  “They would send emails to Syfy asking for answers and never get a response.”

It wasn’t what the T.A.P.S. team wanted for a show with their name on it, and after 12 years, they parted ways with the network, BUT, that doesn’t mean the show is over, Hawes pointed out.

“There have been offers, but we want it to be done right.  We want to keep it real.  To be honest, we want to make it fresh again.”

And so, their search for a new home for the show continues with the promise of information as soon as they can share it.

44 COMMENTS

  1. Lets not forget there was lots of criticisms stating the show was staged. Just google – ghosthunters staged and read the articles.

  2. I would love to see Ghost Hunters to come back on tv really miss the show and all the people that were on it.They seen to be like a family doing what they enjoy,hope to see you guys soon.

  3. “there were alot of episodes where jason says “we’d love to come back’! and that seems like a good to great idea! why? id figure his kids and others are all grown up..and wont have to woory about spending time with the family..so why not just call it ‘GHOSTS HUNTERS -REVISITS” ! going back to various locations where they are needed!. if too many episode are still too overwhelming for them …then do a 10-13 episode seasons season for a limited time like recent xfiles ..and american chopper!
    heck have even ol Grant there too keep of the show…so an intresting idea?

  4. Would love to see this show come alive again in whatever format Jason and Grant feel works for them. As long as it’s portrayed in the way they originally wanted and not a “network freak show” show, meaning, I as a viewer of the original show noticed the changes from season 1 to when the show ended. The reason for my love of the show was the reality of it all, I never felt like I was watching “fake news” (lol, sorry I had to do it) but a group of professional average Joes who you would/could of hired for your own personal service. It wasn’t the showy kitchy BS most of the so called “reality shows” now days consist of. In the end, sadly, I felt like I was watching more of a fad tv series with all the crappy bells and whistles than the original, real, sometimes underwhelming based show I had come to know and love. The fact that not every episode was an in your face slam dunk of a ghostly encounter was awesome to me. It’s why I tuned because the maybe, maybe not factor was just as exciting. They debunked, they had some experiences and most of the time they found not much at all which is exactly how I want my reality!! If I want staged I’ll go to a broadway show or watch any reality show on T.V. now. These guys did what they did well and without (what I assume) gimmicks and BS and every week, even without the hype and promise of some grand finale, I spent an hour of my life tuning in, watching and loving these guys.

  5. Would love to see this show come alive again in whatever format Jason and Grant feel works for them. As long as it’s portrayed in the way they originally wanted and not a “network freak show” show, meaning, I as a viewer of the original show noticed the changes from season 1 to when the show ended. The reason for my love of the show was the reality of it all, I never felt like I was watching “fake news” (lol, sorry I had to do it) but a group of professional average Joes who you would/could of hired for your own personal service. It wasn’t the showy kitchy BS most of the so called “reality shows” now days consist of. In the end, sadly, I felt like I was watching more of a fad tv series with all the crappy bells and whistles than the original, real, sometimes underwhelming based show I had come to know and love. The fact that not every episode was an in your face slam dunk of a ghostly encounter was awesome to me. It’s why I tuned because the maybe, maybe not factor was just as exciting. They debunked, they had some experiences and most of the time they found not much at all which is exactly how I want my reality!! If I want staged I’ll go to a broadway show or watch any reality show on T.V. now. These guys did what they did well and without (what I assume) gimmicks and BS and every week, even without the hype and promise of some grand finale, I spent an hour of my life tuning in, watching and loving these guys.

  6. They lost me when they brought in the ghost hunting dog. The first few seasons were the best. Not necessarily for the production value, but the interplay among team members. You got to know those people, and that endeared them to the audience. As the show went on, it seemed to change in order to be more like the competitors that had arrived on the scene. Loved the first few all night Halloween specials, but then wrestlers and Syfy personalities started showing up, and it just got silly. By the end of the show, it had become a procedural instead of a show about the people doing the ghost hunting, and helping other people. I would love to see it come back, but with more interpersonal interactions, not just here we are, let’s investigate and go home.

  7. I have most of the seasons, on dvd sets purchased on ebay (Pilgrim), and watch from time to time.
    The production value is indeed fairly harsh in regards to footage but I still enjoy them.
    I’m saddened that the show is gone.

  8. It seems as though Jason just keeps dangling the carrot, so to speak, like sci-fi did with Jason about upcoming episodes.
    Don’t give me wrong, I love the show and was a loyal watcher. And I would be right back on board again if it was to return. But at this point, so much time has passed, I doubt it will ever be back on.

  9. I would love for it to come back on air
    They .are it real as possible…
    And yes our kids grow up very fast
    So to spend some time with them
    Is understandably…
    I hope to see them again soon

  10. Please bring taps ghost hunters back!! We love it and pvr it as its our fave show. You guys keep it real and its awesome! Hope you one day come to Victoria, British.Columbia, Canada…lots of haunted places and stories here!!!

  11. My husband and I loved this show. It was the real McCoy!! We planned our evening around the show.
    Hopefully it will find it’s way back and make so very many followers happy again!!

  12. I loved this show and no one has ever been as good. I saw a remark that said they didn’t like it when they had the dog. How stupid are you? The dog made it even more believable. The dog had a REAL reaction when it heard or sensed something. I loved it even when one of the cast was scared and it wasn’t cut to make him look better. That’s true reaction. The shows that have come along after TAPs are fake and forced. I’m not saying that TAPS was at times a little unbelievable. But they showed it, and it made me say, “was that real?” , because if it wasn’t they would have cut it. Come back to us with more shows. I’m having withdrawal’s.

  13. Loved this program and watched it religiously always expecting the unexpected and never disappointed. I visited the light house in St. Augustine that was one of the best and most eerie. I didn’t see or hear anything but was worth the visit just to look and climb that spiral staircase. Come back TAP!!

  14. The Ghost Hunters / TAPS investigation into the St. Augustine Lighthouse was one of my fave GH episodes ( and I faithfully watched EVERY GH episode–and it’s spin offs!! ) My wife and I vacationed in St. Augustine in 2015. And yes: I DID experience a sharp, sweeping very COLD sensation going through me, as I climbed that ever long spiral staircase!! And when I reached the top–I only managed to take maybe 3 pictures….and the camera went dead–and I had just loaded it with fresh NEW batteries BEFORE I climbed the staircase!! So, I loaded the camera with my backup of 4 batteries—which were completely dead just as I exited the lighthouse!!

  15. I followed EVERY GH episode on SyFy–from the show’s pilot, to it’s final cold drop last episode—which didn’t even announce it being the last one; I think that was a snobby catchback from SyFy, aimed at Jason Hawes and TAPS. I respected the iron bond policy stand Hawes and Grant Wilson both stood faithfully on: Keeping each show 100% real. But I, a viewer, over the years— could see the clueless administrative political dynamics ( try saying THAT, 3 times fast on Tequila!! ) from SyFy, meddling with the successful show formula of GH; they fixed what wasn’t broken—till SyFy broke it!! And after the awful debacle of “Ascension” and the even worse “The Expanse”–I’ve pretty much am done with SyFy.

  16. I watched Ghost Hunters from the very first episode to the last (Including Ghost Hunters Academy)..When I was a kid I had a paranormal experience that I never could understand..Ghost Hunters helped me to have more of a understanding & outlook on things..I also enjoyed the chemistry between Jason & Grand & of course Steve & Tango! (Those two was hilarious at times)..I think Jason’s daughter Samantha done a good job as well when she joined the team..I hope the show is picked back up,I miss it!..Until then thank you Ghost Hunters!

  17. OMG! I Love TAPS and Ghost Hunters. Been a Fan since season 1. I’m gonna start buying 1 season A week just to show support. We want Ghost Hunters! Somebody please put this back on the air. I miss the Halloween episodes the most.
    TAPS 4 Life

  18. yea they need to bring back the show and the need to have the core of the hunters they had before,jason,steve,tango,sam,and the young man from irland,loved him very much he was great just cant rember his name bring them back

  19. Loved the show. They did a great job on the showing the paranormal and debunking the not real. Some shows caught spirits that was cool. Hey bring it back and let the public decided if it should stay around.

  20. I love you guys. Miss you .We just don ‘t have any shows that is like yours. I hope you come back soon.

  21. Thank you for your answer and Truth!! I love the show because it is real Not Fake!! Hope we see you soon!! Thank You

  22. They kept the show real when something did happen they never freak out like all the other TV shows do that’s what i like plus i from the beginning to the end hurry back

  23. I Love there show because they was real not staged like most people, if you never have experience paranormal then I guess you don’t understand, I miss Ghost Hunters,

  24. Jason & Grant miss you both & your show . Family is very important . Hope the families are well. Would love for ya all to come back . Take care hope to see ya soon

  25. Please come back can’t stand the crap that’s on now ghost adventures really sucks but it better than ghost brothers but not by much

  26. I still miss this show. It was always believable unlike Ghost Adventures which makes me laugh.i pray that the powers that be will get their act together and allow Taps to be Taps and not some ridiculous side show.

  27. I would like for Ghost Hunters to come back (taps) is a great show I really enjoyed the show please bring (tabs) back other shows cannot compare to Ghost Hunters. We your audience will greatly and deeply appreciate the show returning.

  28. I loved the show mostly the lighthouse. Footage and the other footage when grant and jason both saw the dark shadow fiqure shoot under the door

  29. I miss them too. No one thought to do a Halloween special? I think the newest shows, save Kindred Spirits, seem overly melodramatic.

  30. Me and my kids really miss the live Halloween special that was our tradition forever. Now the kids are older and work and about to leave the house and this was the last year to watch anything and ghost adventures live is absolutely awful. I’ve seen student films look and feel better than what I was watching a minute ago. We miss the old crew and the realness of the show. But I understand that their families come first. We just missed him. Happy Halloween

  31. I was one of those viewers that watched you folks every week. I miss the honesty of your investigations! Please let us know when you folks come back on the air!

  32. Please bring back ghost hunters. The other ghost shows just don’t keep me interested in watching. I used to wait for the day that ghost hunters was on. I love the show and it needs to be back on.

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