Sci Fi Investigates Begins

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 11th, 2006

Sci Fi Investigates

“Sci Fi Investigates” goes on the air for the first time on October 11, 2006.

Boston Rob “plays the skeptic.”

Rob Mariano told Boston Herald reporter Amy Amatangelo, during an interview, the following:

To tell you the truth, at first I wasn’t sure that I wanted to be involved because it’s not something I was really interested in. But after I talked to [the producers], they told me I could be myself and play the skeptic and basically give my point of view as I saw it. Then it became a lot more appealing to me. And I have to tell you with this show, more than any other show I’ve done, I’ve just had a blast from beginning to end. . . . I just provide the point of view of the regular guy, the everyday guy. The thing that everybody wants to say but never says, I just throw it out there.

The Bigfoot episode will be broadcast on October 18, 2006. That program was filmed over a weekend with Bigfooter Autumn Williams (above, top right).

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 “Sci Fi Investigates Begins”

  1. Xeno2814 responds:

    *shrug* For some reason, I think this is going to be about as serious as that ‘Proof Positive’ show that Amanda Tapping hosted on SciFi a year or two back. All of the really intriguing stuff that most people dismiss out of hand (Including Sasquatch possibly)will be glossed over or denied, while subjects like ghosts will be ‘proven’.

  2. ArmChairCryptoGuy responds:

    How does Boston Rob keep extending his 15 minutes of fame? I think shows like this may only hurt serious crypto research more than actually help it. You would think SciFi Channel would know better but…I’ll give the show a chance but I think it would have had a better chance without Boston Rob.

  3. Lesley responds:

    Richard Dolan is awesome so I am hoping this will turn out to be a great show!

  4. RockerEm responds:

    I agree with Xeno2814 to a degree.But we can all hope for the best :]

  5. Lordofshades70 responds:

    Why can’t they give Loren a show? I think if a station or network was willing to devote the resources and money to a serious cryptozoolofical effort, someone would finally have the time to prove or disprove certain myths and legends and hopefully, come out of it with something of substance, i.e. evidence to support a theory or prove the existence of something long sought, like an oft sighted aquatic cryptid, (name withheld) or a particular bipedal hominid, (if you can’t guess who, get back on the shortbus) instead of giving some moronic blowhard who’s 15 minutes of fame are most certainly UP! Thanx for reading, sorry for ranting.

  6. Ceroill responds:

    From what I’ve seen over the last several years all these ‘investigative’ shows they do on tv, whether ufos, cryptids, ghosts, psi, or whatever spends time interviewing experts and giving some bits and factoids, then invariably wind up with the standard ‘can’t say yes, can’t say no’.

  7. gridbug responds:

    Caught some of the ‘Voodoo’ episode last night, didn’t really hold my interest. I will however be tuning in on the 18th to see how they handle everyone’s favorite hairy hominid… and having Autumn Williams along for the ride is a definate plus!

    As far as the whole “Boston Rob” thing goes, in a perfect world the producers would have gotten Dr. Franklin Ruehl (host of cable-access gem MYSTERIES FROM BEYOND THE OTHER DOMINION) in on the action. “Mighty bigfoot, mighty bigfoot, what a creature!”

    Come to think of it, how about pairing Dr. Ruehl with our own dear Loren Coleman? Guaranteed ratings gold! 😀

  8. Ceroill responds:

    Gridbug, I’ve been trying to remember his name for months now! I haven’t seen or heard of Dr Ruehl in years! Is he still going? I remember him from the early days of cable, and he was lots of fun to watch!

  9. gridbug responds:


    Haven’t seen/heard much of his endearing zaniness since his participation in the “Current Affair” Manitoba Bigfoot Expedition debacle, but when I started poking around online I found this recent article (March 2006) about him, his classic show, and upcoming movie appearances -including a now-in-production documentary feature called “Bigfoot! The Mystery of Norway House”!?!

    “May the power of the Cosmos be with you!” 🙂

  10. MrInspector responds:

    Giving Mr. Coleman his own show! We should all write Sci-Fi, History, and NatinalGeo channels, and Animal Planet, that is, if Mr. Coleman doesn’t mind? Heck! The Travel Channel, too!

  11. MrInspector responds:

    By the way, I watched this show. I really wasn’t impressed. I’ll give it a shot, and hope it gets better, but I won’t hold my breath waiting. If they loose the little cutie, I’m done.

  12. cabochris responds:

    I thought the first Voodoo show was rather silly! Could not bring myself to watch the whole thing. Gave up when they tried to turn it into a reality soap opera! The poor ufo guy was hurt when his candle gift was rejected and the cutie started to cry over some past expirience. And the stick guy wasted $40! Yuck, I can watch clowns all day at work! This could have been a great series, but I guess the Sci Fi Brass seems to think most viewers want to see somthing goofy in order to hold their attention. Well they lost mine. I sure hope they give Autum a real chance and not turn Bigfoot into some sort Spiritual Space Monkey!

  13. springheeledjack responds:

    You know, part of the reason people do not take cryptozoology and other investigations seriously is because of junk like this.

    A “Survivor” has been as a skeptic, come on. I was always making fun of Animal X’s people, but this is even worse. And starting off with voodoo and copping out at the end,it’s killing me. I am going to watch the bigfoot episode to see if there is any sightings to catalogue, but other than that, it’s too bad they didn’t take this more objectively, and with a better bunch. Alright, I’ll quit hacking on the show until next week.

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