When I first heard about the Animal Planet show Finding Bigfoot last summer, I was really excited. Don’t get me wrong, I love ghost hunting. But watching it on TV has gotten tiresome, and for me it is just enough already. The airwaves pretty much got saturated by Ghost Hunters, its 17 spinoffs, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Lab, Ghost Cops, Ghost Zookeepers, Ghost Ghosts and, well, you get the idea. So I was really excited to see that a paranormal show not about ghosts or ghost hunting was coming on the air. Poor Bigfoot, he wasn’t getting any love. And then Finding Bigfoot aired, and almost before the first episode was over, there were claims all over the internet of hoaxing, staging, and creative editing, which killed the show’s credibility before it even started. But people still watched, and continue to watch, despite the fact that there is nothing real about the show. Pretty much like Ghost Hunters. Anyways, the main bulletpoint I’m trying to make here is that the show I wanted to watch in order to get away from Ghost Hunters has now, essentially, turned into Ghost Hunters. Just a different fat guy leading the team, and hunting Bigfoot instead of ghosts. And to further that similarity, Finding Bigfoot is now doing a Halloween special, in which they go out hoping to find Bigfoot.
(Silver Spring, Maryland, September 28, 2011) – This fall, the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) team from Animal Planet’s FINDING BIGFOOT trudges deep into California’s Redwood forest to investigate one of the most infamous and disputed pieces of Bigfoot evidence ever – the Patterson-Gimlin footage. Premiering Sunday, October 30, at 9 PM (ET/PT), the two-hour special FINDING BIGFOOT: BIRTH OF A LEGEND takes viewers to the site where the notorious footage was captured to confirm the elusive beast’s existence and settle the more than 50-year-old debate originated by the tape.
Outfitted with the latest technology, including night-vision and infrared cameras, the BFRO team also scours the Redwoods to uncover additional evidence of the presence of Sasquatch. With more Bigfoot signals discovered in the Redwoods than anywhere else in North America, each broken branch or peculiar noise could mean a Squatch is lurking nearby.
Prior to the debut of the special, the BFRO team will make an appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con convention. On Friday, October 14, at 6:30 PM, the entire cast — Bobo, Cliff, Matt and Ranae – will debunk Bigfoot myths with a special sneak preview of the BIRTH OF A LEGEND special. Following the sneak peek, the team will discuss its Squatchin’ experiences from the show and share years of Bigfoot knowledge and research on a panel.
In FINDING BIGFOOT, a four-person team from the BFRO — a leading scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery — investigates Sasquatch sightings by interviewing locals, examining evidence and infiltrating the woodlands and forests in places where Bigfoot has been reported.
FINDING BIGFOOT is produced for Animal Planet by Ping Pong Productions. Keith Hoffman is the executive producer for Animal Planet. Brad Kuhlman and Casey Brumels are the executive producers for Ping Pong Productions.
More jumping to conclusions, more claiming that every broken branch is the result of a Bigfoot walking through and every strange sound in the night being a Bigfoot call, and more claims by these people of knowing exactly how a Bigfoot behaves even though we haven’t even conclusively proven that they exist. I’ll be doing some haunted tours at Snug Harbor that night, and my DVR will be at home, resting and not recording Finding Bigfoot.