Final Episode, Featuring Ryan Buell and PRS, Airs Monday, May 2, 2011
Over five years ago, Penn State student and Paranormal Research Society club founder Ryan Buell and the rest of his team filmed the first episode for “Paranormal State.” A lot has changed since then.
All of the core members of “State” have long since graduated from Penn State. The organization is now a private organization. After five successful seasons and a total of 84 episodes airing on A&E to millions of people, Buell & co. have decided to step down from the series to pursue other adventures.
On May 2nd, A&E will broadcast their final episode, and the rest will be history.
Buell announced via his personal blog in January that he would not be returning to “State.” Immediately following his announcement, the rest of PRS, as well as series regulars such as Michelle Belanger and Chad Calek, also announced their departures.
The main reason for walking away from “State” was due to creative differences, exhaustion and to free up time in order to pursue other projects.
“It was an amazing run,” said Buell, who started working on the TV show project when he was 22. “Who else can say they starred and produced in a successful TV series for five seasons? We started this while we were in college!”
Buell is currently preparing for a 40-city film screening tour for the movie, “American Ghost Hunter,” as well as working on a few different book projects.
Many online fans have asked if the end of “State” also means the end for PRS, which Buell and other members stress is far from happening. “If anything, now that we have more time, PRS is going to be way more active,” said Eilfie Music, who’s been with PRS since 2001. PRS, which is still headquartered in State College, Pa., will celebrate its 10th anniversary on September 16th, 2001.
A&E owns the name Paranormal State and by rights has the ability to do whatever they wish with the name. Paranormal State: The New Class will be continuing on with the name, however, they have no association with the Paranormal Research Society, their investigation techniques, contacts, cases or otherwise.