Press Release
Professor Ghoul Season Two


Press Contact: Teri L. Sullivan
WKNO-TV/Channel 10
(901) 729-8735
tlsullivan@wkno.org

January 28, 2013
For Immediate Release

Professor Ghoul and Shotzi Begin Second Season of Classic Horror Fare on WKNO

Professor Ghoul (Michael Degnan), and his student, Shotzi the cat (puppeteered and voiced by Bard Cole) – hosts of WKNO’s weekly creature feature Professor Ghoul’s Horror School – will embark on new films and lessons. Professor Ghoul’s Horror School Season Two premieres Friday, February 1 at 10:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. It repeats Saturday, February 2 at midnight.

Joining Shotzi and the Professor this semester are two new students, Patrick and Alexis, portrayed by AJ Bernard and Shakiera Sarai. Bernard, 21, a Memphis native, is a junior majoring in Musical Theatre at The University of Memphis. He has also acted and directed with Hattiloo Theatre. Sarai, 21, from Atlanta, is a senior at The University of Memphis, also majoring in musical theatre. She performs with the Memphis improv comedy troupe Freak Engine. 

“One of the best things about doing this show,” said co-producer Bard Cole, “is the chance to bring in emerging talent like AJ and Shakiera. It’s one way I think we stay connected with the community that supports us.”

“Our fans have been wondering what happened to Professor Ghoul after last season’s cliffhanger finale” said Michael Degnan, also co-producer. “The answer to that will bring up more questions about what the future holds for the Horror School.”

The Season Two premiere opens with two eager students arriving to take Professor Ghoul’s Horror 102, only to find an unexpected substitute and a mysterious crate. It features the 1972 film “Horror Express”, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

The 13 “new” films presented in Professor Ghoul’s Horror School Season Two also include Bela Lugosi’s 1932 “White Zombie” (February 8); the 1960 Italian horror flick “Mill of the Stone Women” (February 15); and the 1963 thriller “Dementia 13” (February 22).

Professor Ghoul’s Horror School is produced and written by Bard Cole and Michael Degnan and directed by Peter Richards. Russ Abernathy is the Executive Producer. The series airs Fridays at 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays at midnight on WKNO. Season Two begins on Friday, February 1.


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