Spike TV announced Thursday a 10-episode pickup for 10 Million Dollar Big Foot Bounty, a new reality competition that’s offering what would be the largest cash prize in TV history. The only catch is that the titular $10 million, backed by insurers of the bizarre at Lloyd’s of London, can only be awarded to a contestant that provides irrefutable evidence that that Big Foot exists.
Scientists, zoologists, trackers and actual Big Foot hunters are among the competitors the series is lining up, with casting already underway. Teams will present their evidence to Big Foot “experts” in attempt to win the prize.
Ah, I have heard rumors of this one. I’m sure us Bigfoot news junkies will recognize many of the characters that will show up. At least this one puts their money where their mouth is, literally. $10 million? That’s a lot of money. It’s also now the biggest payout in TV history. (As it should be! This would be a HUGE find.) But, for that amount of money, the only irrefutable evidence would be a body. Living or dead. No blurry blobsquatches allowed.
But if you think this show is going to be any more than ridiculous entertainment, you’re probably out looking for Squatches on the weekend.
Put up or shut up, you Squatchers at Finding Bigfoot. That’s a lot more money than your takehome pay. If you think Bigfoot is behind every tree and harassing campers every night, get cranking and catch one.
UPDATE: (27-Oct-2012) Ben Radford has a piece on this at Discovery News. He mentions the JREF Million Dollar Challenge. But, I did contact the JREF about a year ago to ask if a cryptozoology find would be eligible for the prize, DJ Grothe said no, an animal is not paranormal evidence. Fair enough.
Guy Edwards at the Bigfoot Lunch Club has an insight into why the $10 million dollars really does not exist (it’s sort of an insurance payout) and why the odds are certainly not in the Bigfoot hunters’ favor. After reading this, it would be pretty clear that only a body (or major body part) would do for a payout. I wonder if they define this well for the contestants for the show.
Also, one thing to note, this is not a free-for-all open prize. Only selected participants are vying for the prize.