Kindred Spirits preview courtesy of TLC

Friday night, Amy Bruni and Adam Berry return for the second season of the wildly successful Kindred Spirits on TLC, and the season premiere takes place at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River.

But as Amy says in the episode: "I think we might be the first people to investigate the Borden house, but we aren't looking for the Bordens."

Here's the synopsis on Friday night's season premiere from TLC:

What was once a private residence-turned-murder scene is now a museum and B&B, where many paranormal teams have confirmed that the ghosts of the home’s original occupants still linger. Amy and Adam launch into one of their most harrowing investigations yet, but not to find the Borden family ghosts. Their unique goal is to help Sue, a tour guide, who believes her grandparents’ spirits are in the house trying to protect her from impending tragedy. Amy and Adam, aided by psychic Chip Coffey, ultimately call upon the ghosts of the Bordens to help them uncover the truth.

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Unlike other paranormal programs, Amy and Adam aren't wandering around historic haunts looking for the ghosts of long-dead Civil War soldiers or people who lived 200 years ago. Instead, they visit private homes where the living are plagued by visitations for their deceased loved ones, and cannot understand why they are not at peace in the afterlife.

I lovingly refer to Amy and Adam as "paranormal therapists," because they work hard to make sure they make the situation better both for the living and the dead.

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Amy and Adam capture some amazing evidence in this episode, including a real-time interaction with a possible spirit using SLS technology. They capture disembodied voices, see shadow figures moving about, and even bring in Chip to help make a connection to Sue's grandparents--and whoever else may be lurking about.

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As a paranormal investigator myself, it was great to see this episode corroborate a lot of the experiences I've had myself in the Borden house, which I've investigated probably a couple of dozen times over the past 11 years.

When it comes to the show itself, I was a big fan of the first season of Kindred Spirits. It put the heart back into paranormal investigation, showing it's not always about having thrilling experiences or catching phantom voices or images. It's about helping, and it's about bridging the gap between this world and the next.

But this season already looks like it's going to up the ante in terms of what Amy and Adam experience, and how it is presented on screen. The show looks like an hour-long horror movie, using shifting focus and shot in lantern light, as opposed to the usual infrared imaging seen on so many ghost shows.

If you like honest-to-goodness paranormal investigation that searches for the unknown in a realistic way, this is the show for you. But if you want to get a little freaked out and consider that maybe you should sleep with the light on...well, then this is also the show for you.

And be sure to pay attention after the credits for a very special dedication...

Kindred Spirits airs Friday night at 9 p.m. on TLC.

Oh, and be sure to tune into Destination America on September 26 for another look at the Lizzie Borden story, as the TWC boys from Haunted Towns come to Fall River. We'll have a preview of that show for you coming up next week.

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