The Accidental Ghost Hunter’s Review of “Dead Famous”

In recent years there has been a plethora of cable television programs about ghosts and the paranormal. While most of them are pretty good, and some are better than others.

One of my favorites was Dead Famous, which aired on Bio in 2005, and is still occasionally shown in reruns. What I liked the most about Dead Famous was its format. Each week they would feature a different dead celebrity, be it Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, or John Lennon, and they would attempt to find, and communicate with, the ghost of the celebrity.

A lot of time was spent telling the story of the celebrity’s life which I always found interesting. I also liked the balance and the chemistry between the hosts, psychic Chris Fleming and skeptic Gail Porter. Chris and Gail would take viewers to different haunted locales allegedly frequented by the featured celebrity. For instance, the Dead Famous episode about John Wayne had Chris and Gail visiting Tombstone, Arizona and featured Boot Hill Cemetery and the Bird Cage Theater.

While they would occasionally capture an EVP or a strange event on camera, I’m not convinced they ever actually contacted any celebrity spirit. I believe that spirit communication is a one way street–they can contact us, but we really can’t contact them. Still, the show was interesting, entertaining, and educated its viewers about the paranormal. Gail Porter also taught us a lesson in grace and dignity when she developed alopecia. Rather than try to hide her condition under a wig, Gail showed her bald head to the world without shame. The makes her an admirable woman in my book.

The final episode of Dead Famous had Chris and Gail in Lincoln, New Mexico doing a show on Billy the Kid. They too experienced strange happenings there.

I would love to see Bio bring back this show back. And if Gail Porter is no longer interested in Dead Famous, surely another co-host could be found. In the meantime check Bio for reruns.