Miracle show available for broadcast

Friday, August 22, 2008

LOVELAND, Colo. -- Before angels and supernatural events became dramatic devices for television shows, the CBS Television Network aired a series of true stories of people who had experienced life altering, often inexplicable events. The Grizzly Adams award-winning series, "Miracles and Other Wonders," has been updated and is available for North American broadcast and DVD.

"This is a fascinating collection of true stories and documented cases," explains Charles E. Sellier, founder of Grizzly Adams and creator of the 13-episode television series. "It looks at the lives and destinies of everyday people who have been changed forever by supernatural events and fateful encounters.

"I've been intrigued by the occurrence of miracles for as far back as I can remember," Sellier said. "Once we started researching the subject, we were surprised by the number of stories we uncovered and were able to substantiate. Unexpected and unexplained intervention in dire circumstances happens more frequently than I ever imagined."

Series host is veteran actor, Darren McGavin. Starting in 1945, McGavin's career spans more than 200 performances on stage, screen and television, and is perhaps best remembered for two vastly dissimilar characters, the father in the classic Christmas motion picture "A Christmas Story," and as the heroic newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak in the classic horror TV series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker."

With a total of 56 separate dramatic narratives within the 13 episodes, the shows recreate moments in the lives of otherwise ordinary fathers, mothers, kids, grandparents, and even family pets, said Grizzly Adams senior producer David Balsiger. In the breaks between the individual stories, viewers will meet some of the actual people who experienced these life and death moments, all defying logical explanation ... all of which can truly be described as miraculous."

There are also appearances by entertainment personalities, including Della Reese and Sally Kirkland who retell astonishing anecdotes from their own lives.

"Two especially interesting incidents we detail," Sellier highlighted, "are historically researched amazing events involving the two most pivotal U.S. presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. As a young officer during the French and Indian War, Washington survived a gunshot when the bullet was deflected by some coins that shouldn't have been in his pocket. And Lincoln never would have been born if it hadn't been for the timely arrival of a mysterious midwife. Without miracles, American history would have to be completely rewritten."

A few of the people profiled are recognizable, but the vast majority of stories are of contemporaries whose settings span the United States, everywhere from the inner-city to remote rural areas. These accounts include all age groups, races, and ethnicities. From farmers to students, executives to the homeless, the accounts prove that miracles can happen to anyone.

"These stories are timeless," notes Sellier. "Miracles are something we all want to believe can happen to us. It's reassuring when we find out that they occur on a regular basis to people who could be our next door neighbors."

Balsiger explains, "Each of these stories is real. The individuals about whom these stories are told are real people. This is arguably the ultimate reality TV show."

The series is available for immediate domestic broadcast licensing. All 13 episodes can be licensed for North American DVD distribution in early 2009.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.grizzlyadams.tv

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