Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Grant Wilson's Last Episode: Infomercial Extraordinaire


So, it was just as I suspected. No dramatic reason Grant Wilson left. It appears that they are positioning themselves for the obvious demise of (jump-the-shark-we-have-Meatloaf-and-the-Atlanta-Housewives-on) the show.

They own an inn that just happens to be haunted in New Hampshire and Grant can position himself as the happy innkeeper, greeting, telling stories of his exploits as a ghost hunter, and be the ambassador until Jason joins him when the show finishes circling the drain (hear that sucking sound?)

The entire show was a giant infomercial for their inn which I will not name because, well, they got an hour-long special to showcase it.

(Prompting from Grant), "So, inn worker, would you say it's been particularly haunted?" (eager employee to keep her job, blinks) "Yes, oh yes."

They were preparing themselves for the time when the show would be gone and they did some smart things like buy an inn where they could continue to be the ghostly caretakers and have people come to them instead of going to the people on road trips, talking tours, and giant ghost hunts with the public. They can occasionally write a book about the ghosts at the inn and retire on their laurels as THE ghost hunting team in America.

Well done, businessmen. 

It's not tragic that Grant left the show. He was filling in the spot they needed to slowly kill off the show and yet assure their future as the owners of a ghostly inn. No doubt, their autumns in New Hampshire with ghosts and pumpkins, Halloween and autumn leaf tours will be quite profitable and ideal. What we are seeing is the calculated segway, utilizing their own ghost team to help them, as they move on to the next step--off air.


9 comments:

  1. How can ANY show featuring Meat Loaf be circling the drain?!

    (Joking... joking. Put down the axe!)

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  2. Wow. Bitter much?

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  3. product placement at it finest. lol.

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  4. from the very beginning they had a good business plan. you have to give them that. they're sitting pretty now.

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    1. They learned a lot during that time and made it possible to no long be in debt for hunting ghosts as a hobby. They also made ghost hunting not a hidden hobby, but something to be proud about. For all the scared folks at home who want to go to the places virtually and not in real life, it's been a dream to see the inside of abandoned asylums and jails in the cloak of darkness. I have never been pleased that the show didn't evolve with new techniques, new experts to introduce concepts, experimentation and even just shaking up the pairings and methods--but we can all agree that they forever changed the way people look at and talk about hauntings.

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  5. Watched it. Checked out the Inn and it excepts reservations during a short amount of time during the year. If you're looking for a cool place to stay during the winter months (Nov-/Feb-Mar),forget it! I also got the impression that Grant was maybe going to end up with his own show or something of the sort as he "is excited about his future and the future of GH". Hmmmmm....anything is possible I guess.

    Tara

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  6. I'm kinda thinking Grant may be developing the Ghost Hunter Academy at the Inn up there in NH or something similar...hadn't considered it, too, might be televised, but hey, it continues a working business plan. And I think I would go there-do that for a family vacation...

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  7. Wow, obviously you were unaware that they've owned the in for years, have had teams in to investigate it before, including the spin-off show Ghost Hunters International. It was Grant's choice as to where to investigate, and in my opinion it was a great choice because it's a piece of him, that he owns.

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    1. Actually, I watched the episode where they had the GHI team first check it out some time ago when they rode off on the snow mobiles. I'm aware they've had it for some time and were renovating it. There is no shame in him deciding to run the inn now that it is up and running, but the final episode was a huge disappointment that they came back to do an add for their inn rather than taking Grant out on a wonderful expedition to some place perhaps he always wanted to hunt or a location that was the ultimate hunt instead of employing the team to verify the inn was haunted.

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