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New UFO show set to premiere on Discovery Canada

A new television show about UFOs and extraterrestrial encounters will premiere on Discovery Canada in January.

(Credit: Discovery)
(Credit: Discovery)

Aside from the publicity trailer (posted above), little information has been released about this series titled Close Encounters. Newroad Media, the production company behind the show, describes:

In this vast universe, it is difficult to imagine that we are totally alone. In fact, millions of people all over the world claim to have seen UFOs. Most of these incidents can be easily explained away. But a select few cannot. These are the Close Encounters. Close Encounters is a drama doc series steeped in suspense and mystery. Each episode reveals the most captivating UFO stories from around the globe.

Based on the show’s trailer, Close Encounters appears to be less biased than other ET/UFO shows on television. The trailer opens by acknowledging that “most UFO sightings can be explained.”

The format of the show seems to focus largely on event recreation, but also incorporate experts like Leslie Kean, Nick Pope, and Kevin Randle.

Close Encounters premieres January 10 on Discovery Canada. The series will also reportedly air on Discovery’s Science Channel in the U.S., but no details about the U.S. premiere have been released.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. From the looks of this promo film, we have typical fear-based distortions of the actual facts of UFO events. Horrible frightening sounds and burning rays melting through cars, people screaming if terror, etc. Reminds me of the movie Fire In The Sky where the producers re-wrote the story to make it fearsome and horrible, explaining to the original author that the movie would not sell to a large audience unless they distorted the story towards fear and horror. And so the reality is enshrouded in lies with money being the “reason”. Again.

  2. Whether you’re a Scully or a Moulder, some claims of UFO encounters are hard to dismiss. Perhaps there are multiple reliable witnesses or detailed police or military reports. Maybe the eyewitnesses passed lie detector tests. Sometimes there are photographs, audiotape, or videotaped evidence… all of which can be faked, but when you take into account the time, effort, and know-how it takes to perpetrate big hoaxes, sometimes a hoax can seem like a stretch. Several famous UFO encounters can be difficult to dismiss as swamp gas or weather balloons — especially among claims of humanoid creatures. These fifteen cases can make even skeptics scratch their head.

  3. Not all encounters are simply benign events! There are a large number of reports that can only be described as terrifying. Therefore, a degree of self concern is appropriate in any encounter.

  4. It’s always a tough balance between drama and truth in productions like this. Yes, they show fear and visually dramatic recreations. They balance that with solid commentary by investigators. I am optimistic that, on balance, the series will be truthful about the events. I only told them things about the Phoenix Lights that would move the process forward. We’ll see the result. It airs in Canada to begin with as a Canadian production should. We should see it on Discovery in the US in about April. And on YouTube before that.

  5. stvjns: “From the looks of this promo film, we have typical fear-based distortions of the actual facts of UFO events. ”

    You nailed it, man. I saw the show. Eerie sound was added to encounters the witnesses reported were totally silent. Whole-cloth invented scenes were inserted to exacerbate viewer anxiety. Cynical button-pushing for a target audience the producers held only contempt for. Shocker.

  6. Larry: ” I am optimistic that, on balance, the series will be truthful about the events. ”

    Sigh. Prepare to have your hopes dashed again. The Yukon ‘mothership’ case was discussed and defended misleadingly [they haven carelessly posted the wrong date, what did THEY care?].

    For a VERY plausible prosaic explanation for their TOP case — first out of the gate on premiere night — see this new report by Ted Molczan

  7. I’ve watched the first few episodes of this new series and am thoroughly enjoying it. I think the show is well done. So what if the odd sound is inserted for effect. I think it is mostly showing a truthful dramatization of people’s eyewitness accounts. I’m looking forward to watching the rest of the series. Thanks!

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