Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 5th, 2011
On Sunday, June 5, 2011, the programmers at Animal Planet (AP) have slanted a collection of episodes of cryptid-related shows to lead up to the evening screening of Finding Bigfoot episode, “Swamp Ape.” All the networks do it, whether the viewers are conscious of these day-long efforts or not.
Beginning at 5 am and 5:30 am (all times noted are Eastern), AP scheduled Lost Tapes: “Dover Demon” and Lost Tapes: “White River Monster.” The series Lost Tapes is a cryptofiction television docudrama that uses heavily edited interview-driven, supposedly nonfiction factoids on the cryptids being profiled to frame the created “tapes” that have supposedly been “discovered.”
Promotional image for Finding Bigfoot
The programming takes on a decidedly Bigfoot/Sasquatch and Florida orientation starting at 2:00 pm on Sunday.
Here is the line-up (all times Eastern):
2 pm Maneaters: “Gators/Crocs”
3 pm River Monsters: “Himalayan Giant”
4 pm Swamp Wars: “Killer Pythons” (Florida)
5 pm Lost Tapes: “Bigfoot”
5:30 pm Lost Tapes: “Southern Bigfoot”
6 pm Finding Bigfoot: “Bigfoot Crossing in Georgia”
7-9 pm Two episodes of Whale Wars
9 pm Man-Eating Super Snake (African rock pythons in south Florida.)
10 pm Finding Bigfoot: “Swamp Ape”
11 pm Finding Bigfoot: “Swamp Ape”
It appears that in the world of crypto-cable wars, this Sunday belongs to Animal Planet. For example, over on History, June 5th is devoted to a day-long marathon of the series, Ice Road Truckers.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.