A Look Behind Your Favorite Television – How Skepticism Plays a Vital Role

August 19, 2022

What should you do when television shows dealing with extraordinary events focus on the ridiculous to bolster views? In today’s episode, we take a behind-the-scenes look at two people with experience in the industry and what they’ve done to create a more focused skeptical point of view on the air.

Our first guest, whose name has changed to protect their identity, currently works on magazine/news shows, where he works on booking more balanced guests, skeptic-wise, to speak about UFOs/UAPs. Jim Underdown and the guest dive into what it takes to make these kinds of shows, the conceptualization of ideas, their execution, and what’s being done to inject more science into the entire process.

The second guest is Steve Muscarella, who has worked on shows such as Unsolved Mysteries, Sightings, It’s a Miracle, and Scariest Places on Earth. Underdown and Muscarella speak about his time working on Scariest Places on Earth, how he worked to make things “real” for the participants, and how magic, misdirection, and mentalism played a vital role in bringing it all together.

This Week’s Music

“Bon Journée” by Chad Crouch / CC BY-NC 3.0
“Idle Ways” by Blue Dot Sessions / CC BY-NC 4.0

Jim Underdown

Jim Underdown

Jim Underdown is executive director of Center for Inquiry–Los Angeles, and the founder of the Independent Investigations Group.