MQ Producer’s Exclusive Statement

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 24th, 2010

March 24, 2010 marks the final broadcast of the four-year-long television program that became the most successful nonfiction cryptozoology hour-long series to ever be broadcast.

Doug Hajicek, left, with Daniel Perez, Jeff Meldrum, and Rick Noll. Photo courtesy Daniel Perez, September 2003, Willow Creek, California.

The Executive Producer of MonsterQuest has passed along his “official and exclusive statement to Cryptomundo.”

Dear MonsterQuest Fans,

Like many of you, I am a bit saddened by the official cancellation of MonsterQuest. However, we will continue to produce similar programming in the future as opportunities arise.

Cryptozoology will always be passion for me personally.

The official end of MonsterQuest did not happen because of any lack of topics or for lack of viewers. The Network has decided to go another direction to assure their future as a powerful force in television. We are extremely happy to have been part of the successful growth of the History Channel.

I am forever grateful to Loren Coleman and everyone at Cryptomundo. I also thank the hundreds of researchers, scientists and the courageous witnesses we had a chance to work with over the last four years.

It was an amazing run for the topic of Cryptozoology in prime time.

I am sincerely humbled by the opportunity to have created so much programming on this fascinating topic.

Doug Hajicek
Producer/ Creator/ MonsterQuest
Whitewolf Entertainment Inc.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

13 Responses to “MQ Producer’s Exclusive Statement”

  1. TeslaDeathRay responds:

    Thanks to you and all the MQ folks, Doug! It’s been a great series and I am sad to see it go.

  2. Ferret responds:

    MQ is a great show and I’m sad to hear it’s coming to an end, but at the same time it’s been a great run and truly revolutionary in terms of bringing Cryptozoology to the general public. I wish Doug and everyone else involved in the great project that is MonsterQuest the best of luck, and that you might find yourselves in this realm of mystery yet again some day.

  3. Cryptidcrazy responds:

    I just don’t understand why the network would want to end the show. It was the only program on their network that I actually watched. Is there any way that the “Monsterquest” people can shop the program to another network?

  4. Ragnar responds:

    “The Network has decided to go another direction to assure their future as a powerful force in television.”

    Good. Maybe this means that the HISTORY network will get back to HISTORY.

    Keep MQ on Discovery or something though.

  5. Valen responds:

    I hate to see MQ go. I think it did put cryptozoology in prime-time and served as a gateway for the public to further investigate the subjects they covered.

    I don’t know what direction the History Channel wants to go in, unless it’s down, which it seems to be doing by canceling this show. Sorry, but I don’t care about watching guys cut down trees.

  6. Ulysses responds:

    Magnum Opus! The show went out with a bang indeed and brought so much to light on the Gable film. Everything just clicked on last nights episode so the whole team should be proud. It is a shame that it’s over but such is life my friends as all good things must end. Thanks for the wonderful times in from the tube and here’s to all the good people who made it perhaps the best crypto show ever!

  7. onihunter responds:

    I hate to see MQ go. Four years is a good run for a program, though. And I was never sure History was the best location for it. Is there a chance of it being picked up on another network?

  8. gridbug responds:

    Wow, sad to see this one go. An easy second place to Nimoy’s original “In Search Of…” from back in the day. If ratings or audience had nothing to do with MQ getting dropped from History Channel’s roster, can’t MQ find another home elsewhere?

  9. bigfootsdad responds:

    That’s not Rick Noll in the top picture, that’s Dog from the Bounty Hunter! 😉

  10. tothj responds:

    They want to be a force or farce in the TV industry? Maybe we can watch more junk collectors, pawn shop nonsense and people deforest the north west.

    Sorry to see MQ go.

  11. Gamal responds:

    It have been a luxury can follow this awesome tv show from the first season; it´s the best documentary series from ever, it´s a really sad this program have to go… Any way, thanks a lot Doug and for your team too, for all those excellent adventure around the world quest monsters, “searching for answers” .
    I just hope this tv show can reborn in the future.
    Once again, thanks you very much; it was a EXCELLENT idea.


  12. Spinach Village responds:

    This show was one of the few good reasons to have cable TV for me. I’m sorry to see it go.

    I basically watch Animal Planet, The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. And I am not impressed with the programming at all. Between the World War II repeats and the reality shows what is there to be impressed with? [I loved that Mysterious Alaska last night though. That was great! — a big Grizzly Bear getting spooked by a Sasquatch, very interesting!]

    Instead of cutting one of their best shows they should invest in it further. They should have given Monster Quest more resources (including time), so that they could expand on investigations.

  13. MattBille responds:

    I enjoyed my appearance on the episode “Giant Bears” and liked the series a lot. Not every episode I’ve seen was great, but they were all interesting. My thanks to Doug and company and best wishes for the future.
    I wonder if either History or another network might be interested in a series of one-shot MQ documentaries that have more time and a bigger budget for delving in depth into particular mysteries – quality over quantity, and maybe focusing on some cryptids that have not been done over and over like the sasquatch. The MQ name is certainly still worth promoting. The new “X-woman” find could be a news peg for a through look at the almas. Or (frequent readers know this is coming) they could proffer a similarly thorough exploration of Lake Iliamna. The recent (non-MQ-related) “Monsters and Myths of Alaska” program (on Animal Planet), on which I appeared, with an unknown large creature being hooked and lost, indicates it deserves another look.

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