The stupidest touch: The show is supposedly shot by roving reporters carrying handheld cameras, but a professional cameraman is filming the reporters shooting poor quality handheld video. This is an unprofessional affectation and unforgiveable.
Host Aaron Sagers asks if exorcism is the “extreme sport of the paranormal world,” and the team debates whether teen exorcists are being ethical in casting out demons on camera, or if they are merely trying to become “paranormal celebrities.” The debate gets no further than the question because the hyperkinetic editing throws us immediately to the next story, about “shadow people” haunting a high school.
Sagers told the Hollywood Reporter this week that he is a “skeptic,” but there is no evidence of this in the first episode. He never questions the assumption of the reality of the paranormal, only the motives of those whom he sees as exploiting demons or ghosts for celebrity. As a longtime entertainment reporter, in his world the only true sin is not being Hollywood famous.
Mixed in with stories of the paranormal are Hollywood headlines about supernatural themed media, unintentionally suggesting that the stories of the “real” paranormal are every bit as fake as the Hollywood horror the show also covers in a nod to its origins as a supernatural TMZ rip off.
Superficial, uninformed, and uninterested in anything but cynical exploitation, Paranormal Paparazzi combines the worst of TMZ with the worst of Ghost Hunters to create an unholy hybrid of reality trash that is actively trying to rot your brain.