One of the newest properties from Image Comics is Hoax Hunters. With networks scrambling to come up with the next smash hit comic book-based show, Image has created a comic line ripe for the picking. Instead of looking for inspiration from Marvel and DC, the networks should focus on the company that introduced the world to Rick Grimes and "The Walking Dead."
The premise"Hoax Hunters" is an imaginary TV show in Image's new comic line of the same name. The characters in the comic are investigators and cryptozoologists that travel the world in search of cryptids, paranormal activity, and the unknown. Each week, people tune in to see the characters debunk mythic stories from around the world. What these fans do not know is that the creatures and ghosts being hunted on the show are real, and it is the job of the crew of the show to keep the secrets of the unknown world under wraps.
Investigation showsShows like "Ghost Hunters" and "Destination Truth" are among some of the most popular selections on cable. These shows attempt to find the truth behind paranormal activity and behind the creatures rumored to stalk the back roads and inclement destinations around the world. Controversy surrounds these shows due to the "evidence" provided each week being brought into question for various reasons.
Veil of realityOther science fiction shows that claim a world beyond our known reality also do very well. "The X-Files" and "Warehouse 13" have devoted fans who wonder if there is something real behind the myths and ghost stories most people have grown up on. Fans hope to have answers to the "What if?" questions they have asked throughout their lives, and these shows provide entertaining answers.
Reality showsReality shows have been on the decline over the last year with "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars" struggling to keep high ratings. New shows starring people like Snooki and Bristol Palin have not lived up to previous expectations. There will always be questions as to how real reality TV actually is and how many of the encounters are scripted or edited. A show such as "Hoax Hunters" could spin these questions in odd ways.
Mixing of genresNetworks attempt to create shows that would cross genres and have the best opportunity to gain the greatest audience. A "Hoax Hunters" show could cross the paranormal investigation, reality shows, and "paranormal as reality" shows. The characters in Hoax Hunters ask the "What if?" questions and then offer debunking questions before secretly revealing how the creatures are all real and are covered up to protect the minds of the masses.
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