Exorcism show in the works (will Linda Blair be a consultant on how to play possessed?)

Back in November, there was something of a media frenzy when word got out that the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference was holding a conference to train potential exorcists.

I blogged at the time about the popularity of all things exorcism-related and wondered if there could be a reality TV show in the future about devil-hunting.

I joked: “Next on E: Get Me an Exorcist!”

Of course, in this culture where televised truth really, truly is stranger than fiction, such a TV show may be in the works.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the Discovery Channel is preparing a show called The Exorcist Files, which “will recreate stories of real-life hauntings and demonic possession, based on cases investigated by the Catholic Church.”

I don’t know whether recreations count as reality TV. But I guess it would be difficult to get camera crews inside wherever actual exorcisms take place.

EW also reports that the Vatican has approved the project — which didn’t sound likely.

John Allen reports that the Vatican is denying any involvement.

But the show goes on. I still prefer my title: Get Me an Exorcist!

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.