Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Crazy For Squatch: Big Foot Shows Dominate TV

Bigfoot, Sasquatch, or Yeti: whatever name you choose to call him, this elusive creature has fascinated and terrified people around the world for centuries. Now, a new Bigfoot craze has gripped American television audiences, and the networks are eager to cash in. While some may dismiss Bigfoot as nothing more than fancy, others are taking the existence of this beast very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that not one, but two new shows have been dedicated to this half-man, half-beast that lurks somewhere in the shadows of the forest. Animal Planet was the first to capitalize on this fascination, with their hit show, ‘Finding Bigfoot,’ but then SpikeTV upped the ante with their ‘10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.’ Whether you believe in the existence of Bigfoot or not, both shows are a lot of fun and provide hours of entertainment. We will look at both of them, highlighting some of the unique characteristics of each.

Finding Bigfoot

‘Finding Bigfoot’ has become a huge success for Animal Planet, which isn’t really used to producing television shows that draw in large audiences. But forget hunting lions and working ants, because Animal Planet has taken an unexpected turn towards cryptozoology with ‘Finding Bigfoot,’ and it is paying off for the network. ‘Finding Bigfoot’ follows professional Bigfoot hunters [yes, there is such a thing] Cliff Barackman, James “Bobo” Fay, Ranae Holland, and Matt Moneymaker on their hunt for the hidden beast. The team goes around not only America, but the entire world, gathering evidence for the existence of Bigfoot. While much of the evidence is fascinating, what really makes this show work is the dynamic between the cast. While Matt Moneymaker is president of the Bigfoot Field Research Organization [BFRO], and thus an avid believer in the creature’s existence, he is joined by Ranae Holland, a highly skeptical scientist who is always questioning whatever evidence the team can come up with. It creates a dynamic and entertaining relationship, and the show is worth watching just for its entertainment value alone.

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10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty

SpikeTV has entered the Bigfoot craze with their brand new series, ’10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.’ The network is offering the biggest cash prize in television history, $10 million, to anyone who can provide incontrovertible evidence of Bigfoot’s existence. Just to prove how serious they are about the offer, SpikeTV has partnered with Lloyd’s of London, the international insurance company, for the show. The network is hoping that Lloyd’s name will help attract the likes of not just seasoned Bigfoot enthusiasts, but scientists, biologists, and zoologists, as well. The show will follow different teams on their quest for the creature, and is currently in production. While the show won’t premier until this fall, it already promises to be one of the most entertaining new shows to come along in a while. To find out how you can watch it, look into sites like

Bigfoot has become a part of folklore for people around the world. While some people are eager to dismiss the creature as nothing more than a myth, others are equally eager to show that this creature is real. With shows like ‘Finding Bigfoot’ and the ’10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty,’ both skeptics and believers are being given the chance to prove themselves before a national TV audience.

Courtney Whitehead is a self-confessed television addict. When she's not watching, she's writing for various blog sites.

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