Animal Planet to Debut New Series About Not Finding Bigfoot

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 13th, 2011

We have talked about the upcoming Animal Planet series, Finding Bigfoot here on Cryptomundo a couple of times.

Here is another take on the new series from Foywonder at Dread Central.

Animal Planet to Debut New Series About Not Finding Bigfoot

I’ve been fascinated by the subject of Sasquatch my entire life. I’ve probably read more books about Bigfoot than most people even know exist. There was a time when TV shows about Bigfoot fascinated me; that was until I noticed a trend of them never finding a damn thing. Will Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” continue or end the trend?

Animal Planet is throwing their hat into the televised Sasquatch hunting ring with a new six-part series beginning Sunday, June 5th, at 10/9 Central called “Finding Bigfoot” that hopefully won’t end with nothing more than conjecture and inconclusive evidence as is so typically the case with these cable cryptid shows. Oh, if only Bigfoot hunting was as exciting as Syfy original movies make it out to be.

A four-person team from the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) – the leading scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery – investigates supposed Sasquatch sightings by interviewing locals, examining evidence and infiltrating the woodlands and forests in places where Bigfoot has been reported, including Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In each state, the team listens to harrowing tales of run-ins with Bigfoot before generating reconstructions of the encounters to judge their plausibility or dismiss them as hoaxes. Then, outfitted with the latest technology, including night-vision and infrared cameras, the team sets out on exhilarating and eerie investigations where any broken branch or peculiar noise could mean a Sasquatch is lurking nearby.

The BFRO Team is comprised of a former roadie (Bobo), a science teacher (Cliff), the BFRO president (Matt) and a skeptical scientist (Ranae); each teammate has varying experiences with Bigfoot and differing beliefs about the existence of this enigma. What binds them together, however, is their longing to understand the creature, passion for proving its existence and willingness to stop at nothing to finally track down Bigfoot. In the end, will they verify the presence of Bigfoot and convert skeptics, or will this obscure American legend elude them too?

I think we all know how this is going to end.Foywonder
Dread Central

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 “Animal Planet to Debut New Series About Not Finding Bigfoot”

  1. springheeledjack responds:

    I think we’ve discussed this before, but yeah. When BF does get bonafide, news is going to hit first, and then the show will follow suit, not the other way around. There’s too much media frenzy and money to be made for something like that to quietly make its way to NatGeo, Discovery, A-PL, or even Sci-Fi. It just won’t happen that way.

    The footage of the giant squid was case in point.

    I think for me, sadly, I’m not new on the hunt anymore, and so most of the documentaries that rise up–well, I already know most of the information put forth–when I was younger and less well read (and watched), it was always exciting.

    However (there’s my favorite word again), like so many of us who are on Cryptomundo, we’ve scoured the sightings and the back story and the evidence, so that most of these things are just re-hashes for us.

    On the other hand, the fact that more of these shows keep popping up is encouraging to me. It means there’s enough interest from the public for a network to keep pumping out shows about them (yeah, even crap like Destination Truth…if you know me here, you know why I tune in every week:). Those shows, while not of much interest to us, they’re great for the next generation of crypto’s, and they keep the ideas of BF and USO’s alive in our collective minds, direct marketing for our cause, if you will.

    So, yeah, I’m usually too critical of these shows too, wanting something new and intriguing to make its way on the screen, but we have to step back and remember that if something groundbreaking is happening or going to happen, we’re going to hear about it first here, and already have weighed the merits or talked it to death before it shows up on the idiot-box.

  2. Kopite responds:

    I’m with springheeledjack. Who on earth ever watches a bigfoot documentary hoping they will find bigfoot in it? Finding bigfoot would be the number one news item all around the world. We wouldn’t need to watch a documentary to see if any have been found.

  3. Spinach Village responds:

    I will watch, simply because I am a sucker for this type of entertainment. New accounts will be fascinating to hear.

    Look on the bright side, at least it is not ANOTHER reality show.
    At least Animal Planet will show something more animal related than
    their sad trend of “Surprisingly human” Drivel.

    Nothing against little people and Pit Bulls, but…I think you get my point.

    Thanks for the rant space 😉

  4. DWA responds:

    SHJ: I have little appetite for these shows.

    (I also don’t have a TV. And no, The UFO People don’t project episodes to me through my fillings.)

    But, I get what you’re saying. Also, you can want to tune in yet again to see if anybody’s getting yet how this game is supposed to run.

    I still think that the major breakthrough will be a show that documents the cryptid search as a scientific quest – something that the TV powers that be don’t seem to think the public up to buying.

    The devil can be in the details. But in this field, the details are where the fun is, too. And I don’t say that about a lot of things.

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