Friday, August 3, 2012

TV Critics: Show us Bigfoot or GTFO!

Ranae Holland, Matt Money Maker, Cliff Barackman, and James "Bobo" Fay

"First Animal Planet airs a mermaids special, now this — isn’t Animal Planet damaging its brand with this stuff?" --TV Critic at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour.

The above quote sums up the general sentiment of the TV Critics during the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour according to Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd. In our summation, while the TV critics complain about the the quality of programming (and the reality of Bigfoot), Animal Planet is just fine with the ratings they are getting, and Matt Moneymaker will be quick to accuse the naysayers of ignorance.

Below is the full article from Entertainment Weekly

Bigfoot experts clash with TV critics: 'You're ignorant'

by James Hibberd

TV critics took on Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot during a contentious panel at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

For those who haven’t seen the show, it’s a bit like Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, only an expert team looks for Sasquatch instead of spooks. There are interviews, data crunching, mysterious footprints and a group hunting in the woods … but no actual bigfoot.

The press tour reporters have spent nearly two weeks in a hotel interviewing actors and executives promoting TV shows. So when Animal Planet rolls out this panel the critics are, understandably, thinking: Show us bigfoot or GTFO.

A critic points out: If these guys actually find bigfoot, such huge news is not going to really stay quiet until a regular episode of Finding Bigfoot airs. One asks: Has Animal Planet run out of real animals to do shows about? Yet another wonders: First Animal Planet airs a mermaids special, now this — isn’t Animal Planet damaging its brand with this stuff?

Animal Planet’s president, Marjorie Kaplan, is good humored about the situation. “Animal Planet has many shows about animals that may be more familiar to you,” she says. “Finding Bigfoot is an exploration of the secret corners of the planet … There are places on this planet that we know about and places we don’t …  New species are being found all the time.”

She also points out the network’s Mermaids: The Body Found special* got “extraordinarily” high ratings.
The Finding Bigfoot team, however, is far less amused by the critics’ skepticism. Seems there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence pointing to the existence of bigfoot and this crew are true believers. (There is more than one bigfoot, they say, and they mostly come out at night … mostly…)

“I’ve had one 15 feet away growling at me,” declares bigfoot researcher Matt Moneymaker. “So that’s why I think it’s [unfortunate] when people say they’re not real. They exist … I don’t think people realize how many witnesses there are out there … For those who don’t think these things exist, [famed primatologist] Jane Goodall thinks they exist** — and she may know a little more about it than you do.”

“You can’t equate bigfoot with mermaids,” bristles bigfoot researcher James “Bobo” Fay. “You’re ignorant of the subject matter.”

So is there solid real evidence of bigfoot?

Absolutely, they say. There’s all kinds of evidence! Except, you know, an actual or former bigfoot.

“There’s every kind of evidence that they exist,” Moneymaker says. “Except bones. Except a carcass.”

* Mermaid body not actually found

** True


  1. I find that whatever the critics think is wonderful (translation: boring) no one watches. FB is fun and more entertaining than just about anything I can think of. Leave the elitist critics to their boring crap that nobody watches. I'll hang out with the rest of the good, common people who, like me, love Finding Bigfoot.

  2. Ditto. I'm 100% with Lisa.

  3. Lisa is right, it's better ta be stupit than smart! nowin stuff hurts my head!

  4. I have been fascinated with the big hairy guy since I was a young child. The show is entertainment, that's ask it's meant to be. If you don't like I'm sure you can find your remote to change the channel. Albeit, I agree that some of the shows antics are a but ridiculous but who knows.....we could skill be astonished by the simplest and most whimsical of all attempts some day.

  5. I've been lucky enough to see bigfoot three time's in my live, it's not all it cracked up to be. And the person who said, it's better to be stupit then smart, nasa is looking for you!!!

  6. I am not positive but I'm pretty sure I was really drunk one night and got into a martial arts fight with bigfoot. He was pretty solid but He had no answer to soccer style balls kick!

  7. I'll explain why I think it was a Sasquatch rather than a very large, hairy homeless man that smelt like rotten milk and garbage. Me and some buddies were in the foothills, just outside Boulder, CO; a little ways up sunshine canyon, smoking some premium quality bud and drinking a case of Fat Tire. I heard an unintelligible mumbling, which sounding alot like Sasquatch speak; I guess, It was kida like a monkey trying to mimic a human saying something like; AAARUUU, RUUUU, AHHHH, AHHTHISSSS, RUUU, AHHHIS, AHH, RUUU, EEEMY HOME? Then I got hit upsied the head with a beer bottle which shattered in my eye's and face... My buddies, hauled some serious ass and there I was in the dark with only the moon shine and me and this huge ass Sasquatch.

  8. My buddies, all of whom, "are not fighters"; and I knew that. I knew they also knew I could handle this shit! Like I said; hauled some serious tail right out of there. They all caught a glimpse of what I was now face to face, or snout with. No, I don't know if this person, Sasquatch, whatever; had Frankenstein shoes on, or was standing on a rock; I don't know but this thing was between 6'8" and 7'0" tall!!! I know because I'm 6'2" and weigh 250 lb's. I am in shape also, I work out and run; this thing was massive! I guess anywhere between 280 and 300 lb's!


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