It’s been just a little over 2 years now since Finding Bigfoot aired its final episode, and in that time, there really hasn’t been a suitable cryptid-hunting show to take its place. I mean there’s been approximately 6 billion ghost hunting shows premiering and and getting canceled since then, but, well, none of them are about Bigfoot. We’ve gotten a reboot of In Search Of… (replete with reboot Mr. Spock, Zachary Quinto) and The UnXplained with William Shatner, but these shows feature different paranormal or unexplained phenomena week to week, and are not really dedicated to finding Bigfoot. But Sasquatch enthusiasts can rejoice, as a new show, Expedition Bigfoot, will be premiering December 8th on the Travel Channel. Honestly, I’m really digging the team they have put together: two Bigfoot researchers, a survivalist with military experience, a primatologist, and actor/Bigfoot podcaster Bryce Johnson, who was in the incredible found footage Bigfoot film, “Willow Creek.” Read more about Expedition Bigfoot:
Travel Channel’s new eight-part investigative-adventure series Expedition Bigfoot will premiere December 8th at 10 p.m. with a colorful quintet of researchers and an advanced algorithm as their guide.
Bryce Johnson (Expedition Operations), Dr. Mireya Mayor (Primatologist), Russell Acord (Ex-Military/Survivalist), Ronny LeBlanc (Bigfoot Researcher), and Ryan “RPG” Golembeske (Bigfoot Investigator) seek out the legendary beast of the Pacific Northwest.
The cameras of Expedition Bigfoot will track their “harrowing experience and pioneering endeavor” in an “undisclosed, remote location in a 90,000-acre swath of land in central Oregon,” according to producers.
“Travel Channel has assembled the very best team of experts in Bigfoot lore and science to give us proof of the creature’s existence once and for all,” said Matthew Butler, general manager, Travel Channel. “The journey is formidable, and the jeopardy is real. Skeptics and believers alike will both agree the trek this team makes is something they have never seen before.”
There have been 10,000-plus modern-day sightings of Bigfoot but no empirical scientific evidence proving that the creature is anything more than legend. The Expedition Bigfoot team’s search, however, yields “possible nesting sites, footprints and vocalizations” that lead to a hot spot where “inexplicable events occur and one of the greatest pieces of video evidence in Bigfoot history is recorded.”
From what I’m reading, I am cautiously optimistic (dare I even say, excited?) about this new series. I like the composition of the team and their differing backgrounds, as well as the algorithmic approach they allude to here. And apparently the series will document the 3-week long expedition the team went on in search of the creature. No “one night and we’re done” nonsense here. Look, I loved the goofiness of Finding Bigfoot, the cast was great, and I particularly enjoyed the eyewitness accounts. Far more so than the “research” techniques. Call me crazy, but when searching for an elusive animal, dealing with statistical algorithms is probably a better bet than setting off fireworks in the woods or having Bobo dance around dressed as a hippie. So I have more than a little hope for this new series.
Expedition Bigfoot premieres Sunday, December 8th, at 10:00pm on the Travel Channel.