I keep getting inquiries from production companies wanting assistance with bigfoot television show productions. It seems the second-season success of Finding Bigfoot has created a monster.
The first request was from a major cable network who’s planning on putting together a show comprised of a bunch of “teams” of researchers who are pitted against one another to bring in the best evidence of bigfoot for a “big cash prize”. I almost threw up on my shoe. I ignored that one. And the next. And the next. History. Discovery. National Geographic. SyFy. Just to name a few.
Everyone is trying to climb aboard the Bigfoot bandwagon and they want me to help. The answer is NO and it goes a little something like this:
I working on new program (SyFy) that is hoping to film in Gifford Pinchot NF in a few months and looking for some local help.
Do you have a minute to discuss?
I live and work in Oregon. Having hosted Mysterious Encounters for OLN in 2003 and working on the bigfoot episode of SyFy Investigates Bigfoot 5 years ago (that was pitched to me as a “documentary” series and ended up being nothing more than a reality TV show), I am no longer interested in being involved in any type of “reality” TV endeavor. If and when the television industry stops making sensationalistic garbage based only on ratings and starts doing real, educational, intelligent documentary television again, I’d be happy to oblige. I hope you understand.
Thanks for getting back to me. So you don’t think we’re going to find bigfoot?
I accept your challenge
Best Wishes, Alex
And, finally, mine:
I am not challenging the TV industry to “find bigfoot”. If you’re familiar with my stance, I feel it is an egregious mistake for these beings to be harassed or “hunted” in any form. The challenge is for the TV industry to hold themselves to a higher level of ethics and quit selling out to the highest bidder and lowest viewer education level. Unfortunately, I anticipate that is a pipe dream.