Dean Cain to Host Spike TV’s 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on July 27th, 2013

We have discussed this TV series previously here on Cryptomundo:

The World’s Stupidest Idea: Ten Million Dollar Bounty For Bigfoot
Spike TV’s 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty Reality Show

If Sasquatch exists, Dean Cain is on the hunt. The Lois & Clark star has signed on to host Spike TV’s 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty, a new competition series that seeks to finally uncover the mythic forest creature.

In 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty, which premieres January 2014, nine teams of “lifelong Bigfoot hunters” and big game hunters travel through the Pacific Northwest and use a state-of-the-art mobile DNA lab to find Sasquatch. Each week they’ll travel to a different Bigfoot “hot zone” in the U.S.

The cash prize is underwritten by Lloyd’s of London. Cain will serve as “expedition leader.”

Spike TV ordered eight episodes of 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty, which comes from Original Media, producers of Swamp People.


“What better way to find out [if Bigfoot really exists] than to throw the latest, cutting-edge science behind this, find the best Bigfoot-hunting teams possible, including big-game hunters, serious hunters, and people who have been looking for Bigfoot for many, many years, and then put a $10 million dollar bounty on finding out the truth. We just thought it was a helluva fun idea,” says Chris Rantamaki, the Senior Vice President of Original Series at Spike TV.

And about the multi-million dollar poo: Rantamaki says one of the coolest pieces of technology the teams will use in their search is a mobile DNA lab that can provide DNA sequencing results in as little as a day.

“When I saw this, it truly blew my mind,” he tells Yahoo! TV. “It’s not my world, but there’s all different kinds of DNA, obviously, like hair, fur, saliva, stuff that maybe scraped off onto branches … scat is obviously a very big piece [of evidence] in the woods. And for the scat, it’s so crazy that it can be determined, within several hours, what animal it has come from, very specifically, through the DNA sequencing. And even when samples are found, our experts have this knowledge … and in the lab, there’s a textbook that is just filled with pictures of various kinds of scat, from every animal. It shows the picture of the animal, the shape of the scat … it’s all really crazy, but hearing all these folks talk about it is fascinating.”

So, finding Bigfoot really could come down to poo?

“Yes,” Rantamaki says, laughing.

The show, which is already in production, is a fun, but still very serious effort to prove whether or not Bigfoot is real, as the $10 million prize suggests.

Rantamaki promises there will be no room for questioning the winner if someone does indeed snag the big prize on “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty,” as the substantiation needed to win $10 million includes both photographic evidence and DNA evidence “that has been sequenced and proved to be from an unknown primate.”

“A, it’s $10 million on the line, B, it’s Lloyds of London, so there’s no screwing around on this,” Rantamaki says. “No one who isn’t fully credible, and/or vetted by a lot of people is involved.”

As for whether those involved in making the series believe in Bigfoot’s existence, Rantamaki says he thinks Cain is open to the possibility, while he says he started off as a “cynical television producer,” and is now starting to feel differently. “It really would not surprise me for us to [find out] there’s some new kind of primate within the next couple of years, or even sooner. A lot sooner.

If one of the show’s Bigfoot hunters does discover the big hairy creature, will we find out about it right away, or, in the age of social media, will Spike TV try to keep the discovery under wraps?

“It is an absolute must [that it remains a secret],” he says. “Then, you would find me and several other folks here in Times Square with a very big cage.”


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.

4 Responses to “Dean Cain to Host Spike TV’s 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty

  1. chewbaccalacca responds:

    What could possibly go wrong?

  2. airforce47 responds:


    I’m not surprised that Cain would host the show and it will make money on TV ads like Finding Bigfoot. However, with the number of people they have in the woods at one time the Foots will lay low. They will know they are there from all the activity but just won’t be seen much.

    If you want a specimen that bad offer a 10 million reward for a specimen alive or dead specifying that you can’t commit a felony to get the reward and the specimen must be identified as a new primate species and eventually classified as such.

    You will get a host of takers on that one and in the famous quote from the late Dr. Grover Krantz, “We’ll pin a medal on the first person shoot a Bigfoot and put the second one in jail”. It seems that those who have the money have become quite squeamish about doing something like that in the name of science.

    So in the meantime the hunt continues for evidence of our hairy friends. My best to all and find that Foot.

  3. corrick responds:

    For the first time I agree 100% with airforce. Dead or alive. Excuse me but that has always been how science has collected specimens.

    I understand there are over 36,000 hungry lawyers in Washington and Oregon and California adds another 160,000 more. We can only hope plenty of them will be caught in crossfires.

  4. NMRNG responds:

    I hope this show does not prompt idiots with guns to think they will be the real Rick Dyer, as the result will too likely be a dead or wounded moron in a gorilla costume or ghillie suit. That reason, rather than the moral dilemma of shooting something close to a human, should be the real reason why no one condones attempting to shoot a bigfoot. Catch one in a 15′ pit or by the ankle from a tree, but don’t shoot one the result may not just be “like murder” but actual homicide.

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