A&E puts a collar on 'Paranormal Cops' series


Who you gonna call? How about 911?

A&E is seeking to one-up Sci Fi's "Ghost Hunters" with a new series that blends paranormal investigation with law enforcement.

"Paranormal Cops" will feature a group of Chicago police officers who moonlight as ghost chasers at night. The police group includes four officers, two tech assistants and a "medium." The ghost-chasing group existed before the show's producers came along, a network spokesman said, and the officers' respective departments have approved the venture.

The network also announced a third season of its similar show, "Paranormal State," which features a group of Penn State University college students.

" 'Paranormal Cops' is the perfect marriage of A&E's successful crime and justice genre with our blossoming paranormal programming that documents real-life accounts of bona fide paranormal investigators," said Robert Sharenow, senior vp nonfiction and alternative programming at A&E.

"Cops" is tentatively slated to premiere this year.

"Cops" is produced by North South Prods. for A&E. Charlie Debevoise, Mark Hickman, Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant are executive producers. (partialdiff)