Something strange is happening Morgan City. At least, that’s the idea behind the newly announced unscripted Travel Channel series “The Ghosts of Morgan City,” which sets out to uncover the reasons behind a sudden spike in unusual emergency calls involving what is described as “unexplained encounters with the ghosts of the bayou city’s turbulent past.”
Set to debut June 21, the eight-episode series will see Morgan City Police Chief James “Bo” Blair recruit paranormal investigator Jereme Leonard, former FBI agent Ben Hansen and psychic Sarah Lemos to get to the bottom of things.
A description of the show from Travel Channel parent Discovery: “With help from local historian Diane Wiltz, the team digs up the disturbing history associated with the area and begins crossing-over some of the restless spirits wreaking havoc on the small community. When they learn from Morgan City Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi that the hauntings have spread throughout the parish, the team begins working with the police departments of Patterson, Berwick and Franklin to uncover the truth behind the ghostly infestation of St. Mary Parish.”
(To clarify: Bo is the police chief. Boo is the mayor.)
Among the unusual experiences they investigate over the course of the series, according to show literature, are a shape-shifting mist tied to the first woman executed in Louisiana; a plantation with a history of voodoo and a violent Civil War battle; a family home haunted by the spirit of a young girl; and the team’s own headquarters within the city’s historic archives.
“We knew we had a whole new series when we heard about all the unnerving hauntings in the bayou,” Travel Channel Matthew Butler said. “Morgan City and surrounding St. Mary Parish are filled with rich history, deep-rooted superstitions and larger-than-life characters, and it’s all set against the beautiful, yet eerie backdrop of Cajun country.”
“Ghosts of Morgan City” premieres June 21 at 8 p.m. CT.