Sightings (TV series)
|Starring||Tim White (host)|
|Theme music composer||Bill Bodine|
|Composer(s)||Christopher L. Stone|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||111 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes (seasons 1-2, 1996 behind the scenes special)
60 minutes (seasons 3-5, 1991-1992 specials, 1996 home videos)
120 minutes (1998 In Depth and Beyond specials)
|Production company(s)||Winkler/Daniel Productions (1991-1993, 1991-1992 specials and seasons 1-2)
The Berkeley Group (1991-1992, specials only)
Paramount Network Television (1991-1992)
Sather Gate Productions (1992-1993)
Wilshire Court Productions (1992-1993)
Ann Daniels Productions (1994-1998)
Fair Dinkum Productions (1994-1998)
Triage Entertainment (1996-1998, season 5, 120-minute specials)
|Distributor||Paramount Domestic Television (1994-2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006-2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007-present)
|Original channel||Fox (1991-1993)
First-run syndication (1994-1996)
Sci-Fi Channel (1996-1997)
|Original run||18 October 1991 (specials)
17 April 1992 (series)
11 September 1997 (series)
23 December 1998 (In Depth and Beyond specials)
|Followed by||Sightings: Heartland Ghost Unexplained Mysteries|
Sightings is an American paranormal and news television series that originally aired in the 1990s. The program began as a special titled The UFO Report: Sightings on October 18, 1991, as well as eventual follow up reports, Ghost Report and the Psychic Experience. The original Concept Creator and Supervising Producer of that hour special produced by Paramount for Fox TV was Linda Moulton Howe, an Emmy Award-winning TV producer and documentary filmmaker of TV specials about science and the environment. One of her Emmy award-winning broadcasts was A Strange Harvest (KMGH-TV in May 1980), about the worldwide animal-mutilation mystery linked by law enforcement to extraterrestrial biological entities.
After the special broadcast to high ratings, it went forward into weekly TV production as the series Sightings. The show featured everything from UFOs to ghosts to Bigfoot in an investigative news format and was hosted by reporter Tim White. The show was created by Ann Daniels Productions, Fair Dinkum Productions, and Paramount Domestic Television. One of its executive producers was Henry Winkler.
The series began on Fox in 1992, in a 30 minute long format that aired on Friday nights. When the show was put into syndication in 1994, it was extended to an hour long format and was on at various times. In 1996, it was picked up by Sci Fi Channel. Sightings was cancelled in 1997 (although five special episodes aired in 1998), and reruns continued on the Sci Fi Channel until April 2003.
In 2003, a program called Unexplained Mysteries debuted in syndication. Although it did not have the same hosted news format like Sightings, it was produced by many of the same individuals involved with Sightings, and sometimes reused footage and graphics from the earlier series.
Home video releases
There have been three home video releases of the Sightings television show: Sightings: The UFO Report, Sightings: The Ghost Report, and Sightings: The Psychic Experience. The videos were repackaged segments from season one and two of the television show. All three videos were originally released in 1996.
No further releases have been announced.
- Two books were released in 1997 related to the Sightings television show - Sightings: Beyond Imagination Lies the Truth and Sightings: UFOs.
- One software product was released related to the Sightings television show called Sightings: UFOPedia. The software included pictures, reports, footage, and never before seen footage from the show in an encyclopedia format.
- A line of clothing was released related to the Sightings television show that included t-shirts. The shirts would have either a ghost, alien, or psychic on the front with the word Sightings.
Sightings: Heartland Ghost
In 2002, one of the stories featured on Sightings became the subject of a television movie, called Sightings: Heartland Ghost. The movie tells the story of a Sightings crew sent to investigate a poltergeist haunting, eventually becoming victimized by the ghost themselves.