Discovery Channel, Vatican Team Up for Exorcist Series
Church will allow its investigations to be recreated on TV
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2011 5:25 PM CST
In this publicity image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Linda Blair portrays a possessed Regan MacNeil in a scene from "The Exorcist."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment)

(Newser) – Discovery Channel will deepen its involvement with the supernatural in a new series called the Exorcist Files—with the unusual twist that the Vatican is helping out, Entertainment Weekly reports. The network will recreate investigations of demonic possessions and hauntings conducted by the Catholic Church, which is opening its files and allowing its exorcists to be interviewed.

"We explained we’re not going to try to tell people what to think," says Discovery's president. "The work these folks do, and their conviction in their beliefs, make for fascinating stories." If all goes well, the network would eventually tag along with Vatican investigators on live cases. The series is expected to debut in the spring. (Click here for more on the Catholic Church's exorcist shortage.)