Friday, October 28 at 10:00 PM
(with a repeat Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 AM)
AT STAKE: VAMPIRE SOLUTIONS
Memphis film student, Evan Shandling, decides that his senior film
should be about how the economy has effected local businesses. So
with that in mind, Evan packs up his camera and heads south into
North Mississippi to document one of the hardest hit and most
dangerous jobs around, vampire removal. Embedding himself with
the small vampire removal company, At Stake: Vampire Solutions (AS:VS),
Evan documents, interviews and goes on calls with AS:VS workers
as they struggle to keep their business afloat and
make it to the next day alive.
Professor Ghoul (Michael Degnan), and his student,
Shotzi the Cat (puppeteered and voiced by Bard Cole),
have returned for a Halloween Special along with
fan favorites Dale the Zombie Hunter (Anthony F. Isbell)
and Lynette (Kacky Walton) among the Professor's
special guests! So, don't you miss dare it!
Host, Professor Ghoul (Michael Degnan), and his student, Shotzi the cat (puppeteered and voiced by Bard Cole), introduce viewers to classic – and not-so-classic – horror fare in Professor Ghoul’s Horror School.
Production Specialist Bard Cole (Shotzi) has been on staff at WKNO since 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama's MFA in Creative Writing Program and the author of two books of fiction. In addition to bringing Shotzi to life (he also designed and created the puppet), Bard serves as co-producer and co-writer for the series.
“I wanted to make something that was fun and silly but was aimed at an intelligent audience — people who really enjoy movies and like thinking about them,” said Cole. “I’ve been a public television watcher since I was a little kid, and I learned a lot about American popular culture by watching TV. Why shouldn’t young people today learn about Roger Corman or Ed Wood or Vincent Price by watching WKNO?”
Michael Degnan (Professor Ghoul) is a longtime fixture of the Memphis Comedy scene and a veteran of Memphis television. He has been a student ambassador, a five-time finalist in the Funniest Person in Memphis Contest, and is currently a member of The Wiseguys Improv Comedy Troupe.
“WKNO and PBS in general are the stewards of cultural history on television, and I strongly believe that the horror film and the horror host as a format have been an important part of our cultural identity as Americans,” said Degnan. “WKNO is also a natural fit for a show that is seeking to educate as well as entertain its audience. This is a project which has generated a lot of excitement from WKNO staff and their support lets me know that this is the perfect (or as Shotzi may say – ‘Purrrfect’) place for this show.”
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. on WKNO.
Email Professor Ghoul: firstname.lastname@example.org