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Spike TV’s 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty Reality Show

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on November 1st, 2012

Loren posted about this last week here on Cryptomundo: The World’s Stupidest Idea: Ten Million Dollar Bounty For Bigfoot.

Here is the official release from the network:

The 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty Is On!

It’s time to really find out if Bigfoot truly exists with the LARGEST CASH PRIZE IN TELEVISION HISTORY. Spike is raising the stakes something serious in the endless quest to discover the truth about the legendary creature known as Bigfoot, the seemingly mythical being that roams forests of the world, avoiding mankind.

We here at SPIKE have announced a new one-hour reality show, “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty,” featuring ambitious teams of explorers on a brazen exhibition to unearth real evidence of Bigfoot’s existence. The “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” is a new competitive reality show features various teams of explorers on a quest to answer the question of whether Big Foot truly lives. The $10 million in cash, underwritten by Lloyd’s of London, would be the LARGEST CASH PRIZE IN TELEVISION HISTORY.

“10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty,” which will feature scientists, zoologists, seasoned trackers, and actual Bigfoot hunters who all believe in the infamous creature’s existence. The teams will be faced with the daunting task of proving to a group of experts that Bigfoot, the hairy ape-like sasquatch, exists with the irrefutable evidence. The winner will be the first team to secure proof – and win the unprecedented $10 million bounty.

Each episode will follow the different teams as they ply their extensive research and presumed knowledge of the legendary creature, often battling nature’s inhospitable conditions.

Updates about the show will become available at bigfoot.spike.com as they happen.

One of the misconceptions about this show is that anyone can drag a Bigfoot carcass in to collect the $10 Million.

Au contraire, mon frère.

This is like any other reality TV programs, there are contestants on the show that the bounty will be available to.

I did a Skype interview back in January to be considered to be a contestant on the show.

after I started hearing some of the names who were getting serious consideration, I decided I didn’t want to proceed.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.


16 Responses to “Spike TV’s 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty Reality Show”

  1. Ploughboy responds:

    If this pulls in the ratings, I figure I will then float a treatment, thus: Contestants compete to be the first to successfully locate and exhume the earthly remains of Alexander the Great….or any piece thereof. Long bones will receive bonus points! (Cue: “Eye of the Tiger….”)

  2. red_pill_junkie responds:

    Ooooh. Can you ‘hint’ us on some of the names? ;)

  3. Goodfoot responds:

    REPUGNANT to the nth degree.

  4. sasquatch responds:

    If Tom Biscardi is NOT one of the contestants I’ll faint.

  5. DWA responds:

    I can say one thing for it and one thing only:

    At least Spike has some skin in the game.

    Better than I can say for the scientific mainstream, for whom the risks are far less.

  6. Hank S responds:

    @red_pill_junkie

    Rick Dyer
    Matt Whitton
    Tom Biscardi
    Justin Smeja
    and the team of Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville Rogers

  7. MR JOSHUA responds:

    Not ideal but I am glad this subject is getting mainstream attention. Lets not cast judgement until the show has aired and we know all the players. If all teams concentrate on a location (ie Vancouver Island) this could yield results. It would also be a step up from running around Rhode Island with torches trying to stir a Bigfoot like some other attention seekers.

  8. DWA responds:

    MR JOSHUA:

    That may indeed be the worst thing about this.

    IT’S BETTER than “Finding Bigfoot.”

  9. Ploughboy responds:

    So, given that we already have extensive evidence of this animal…film, tracks, hair, scat, eyewitness accounts in the thousands….what, exactly, will “prove” this to the so-called “panel of experts?” We can safely assume that this show is putting a bounty on hide, bone and body of as Sasquatch. That is what I find so repugnant about this idea.

    But, when science abdicates its responsibility for pushing the boundaries of human knowledge, we should not be surprised of outcomes like this.

  10. Goodfoot responds:

    What part of “bounty” was it that you had difficulty understanding?

  11. muircertach responds:

    I can not imagine why legitimate scientists/biologists would be hesitant to investigate this further.

    This is a fairly tame site with regards to comments. Yet the fanatical devotion to a possibility and the total rejection of anything but a true belief is sad. There are not as many open minds here as one might think.

  12. DWA responds:

    Ploughboy: what I really wanted to say.

    And what I meant by “better than FB” being worse. In terms of the objective, incentive trumps ratings. In terms of how the objective is accomplished….well, I’d rather have a sasquatch hitch a ride with Ranae. And the likelihood of that is greater than the likelihood of FB succeeding in any other fashion, except for ratings, which of course mean nothing unless you’re bankrolling the show.

    But indeed. That anyone would even do this – seen “Shoot a Centaur” lately? – is all the proof anyone should need of the failure of mainstream science on this question.

    Somebody is paying attention to the evidence.

    And it’s still almost exclusively the wrong people.

  13. DWA responds:

    muircertach:

    Well, your first sentence is absolutely spot on.

    What I don’t understand is your second paragraph.

    “Fanatical devotion to a possibility” and requesting attention to evidence are two different things. True belief is always rejected by anyone who understands how science works.

    Ignorance of the evidence is never open-minded. Or if it is, well, that’s what they mean by so much so that your brains fall out.

    That doesn’t change no matter the field.

  14. MR JOSHUA responds:

    I think we would all like to see the endeavor of locating the world’s most popular cryptid take a more scientific approach versus one that is so sensational. I think that is the biggest frustration I am seeing in these posts. I would have very few qualms about “Finding Bigfoot” and shows like this if they dedicated all 12 episodes to a single region in the Pacific Northwest and stuck to baiting/trail cams vs fireworks and crying baby dolls. If this new show does turn out to be worse than “Finding Bigfoot” than we truly have taken a step back.

  15. Goodfoot responds:

    muircertach: Yessir… we here is SOOO sad. Thanks so much for the cheering words!

  16. Kjak75 responds:

    Unless the evidence that will be accepted for the reward is specific they will never have to give the reward.
    The use of the term “Irrefutable evidence” is problematic, Irrefutable means “Impossible to deny or disprove”.

    No evidence is impossible to deny, all it takes is one close minded ignorant individual to turn her nose up at the corpse in the center of the room, and bingo, someone just denied the evidence you get no money!

    So I don’t think this program will do the research any good, and may help the skeptics in denying Bigfoots existence.
    An ignorant skeptic could then say “They offered a 10 million dollar reward, and there was still no evidence!”



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