The Animal Planet show Finding Bigfoot has become one of the biggest embarrassments to the Bigfoot community in a long time (well, maybe after the Sanger Paranormal Society tried to squeeze $5,000 out of the public to get some DNA tested). I haven’t even watched the show, because so much has come out about it pointing to fakery and the staging of events. I have no interest in watching blatantly staged “evidence” on a show that’s supposed to be reality-based. I could watch Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenge, etc. if I wanted to see the paranormal field further humiliated by idiots. So I was a bit surprised (but not really) to read this:
The special, slated to air July 17 at 10 p.m. EST, features members of the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) team as they discuss their excursions to find the mythical creature in depth.
Gathering for a town-hall meeting in Oregon, Bigfoot fans get the chance to ask the team probing questions about the series and their adventure.
Finding Bigfoot: Behind the Search is produced for Animal Planet by Ping Pong Productions. Keith Hoffman is the exec producer for Animal Planet, while Brad Kuhlman and Casey Brumels are the exec producers for Ping Pong Productions. Marc Etkind is VP of development for Animal Planet.
Seeing as how ratings are apparently pretty high for Finding Bigfoot, I guess it’s not that surprising. Personally, I refuse to watch the show, and wish they’d bring back MonsterQuest, where at least they informed their viewing audience when they were showing recreations. I know a lot of people thought MonsterQuest was boring, but that’s reality. You don’t shoot six episodes of a show and find Bigfoot every week. Unless you need ratings.