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‘Mary Knows Best’ premieres on Syfy
Carl Corry is a journalism instructor at Suffolk County Community College and freelance journalist who has held leading roles at Newsday, News 12 and Long Island Business News.
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‘Mary Knows Best’ premieres on Syfy

The TV commercials are running, photos are on the Web and I hear our faces will be plastered just about everywhere soon. So I guess I should acknowledge the obvious: My family and I will be featured in a SyFy reality show called “Mary Knows Best.”

Can’t say much more at this point, but here is SyFy’s description of the show and its first episode, which airs Thursday, July 15, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern:

Meet Mary Occhino, renowned psychic intuitive, popular host of her own daily satellite radio show, successful author, but first and foremost Mom.

As matriarch of her colorful Long Island, Italian-American family, Mary can’t help but take her work home with her because communicating with the spirit world is a 24-hour a day job. Yet, with strangers eagerly lining up seeking her remarkable counsel, her own adult children Chris (the eccentric paranormal investigator), Carl (the skeptical journalist), and Jacqueline (her twenty-four year old daughter who may or may not have inherited her mothers gift) refuse to heed her motherly advice, even if she’s usually right. Equal parts humor and drama, Mary Knows Best shows what happens when a not-so-normal family meets the paranormal.

In the premiere episode, Mary, already incredibly busy with her radio show and writing career, decides to open her new store, Celestial Whispers. She enlists her son, Carl, to help her but when she impulsively finds a space with good energy, it leaves the family frantically scrambling to get it ready in time for the grand opening. Along the way, we follow Chris passionate, and a little unfocused, plans to create a self-improvement seminar, as well as Mary’s well intentioned but unwelcome attempts to find Jackie’s Mr. Right.


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