Syfy Renews 'Paranormal Witness' for Third Season

Paranormal Witness Still - H 2011
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Paranormal Witness Still - H 2011

Syfy is banking on more Paranormal Witness.

The cable network has ordered a 20-episode third season of the docu-series, which is expected to premiere June 2013, it was announced Wednesday by Mark Stern, president of original content, Syfy and co-head of original content at Universal Cable Productions.

The season two premiere, which aired Aug. 8, ranked in the top 10 telecasts for its 10 p.m. time period among cable that night. The first three episodes of the season has averaged 1.2 million viewers.

Paranormal Witness centers on real-life paranormal experiences of everyday people and features re-enactments of those moments for viewers. The series, produced by Raw TV (Locked Up Abroad, Gold Rush: Alaska), also features witnesses sharing their accounts. Mark Lewis, Lucy van Beek produce along with executive producer Bart Layton.

This week's episode, "The Dybbuk Box," focuses on a Portland antiques dealer who ignores warnings not to open the old curio cabinet he purchased at an estate sale. When he does, he unknowingly releases a dybbuk, a malevolent spirit from Jewish folklore, which begins to wreak havoc on his life. It inspired The Possession, which will be in theters Friday.