Finding Bigfoot just got REALLY serious! (UPDATED: Prize money)

Spike TV Offering Largest Prize in Reality TV History With ‘Big Foot’ Series – Hollywood Reporter.

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.

This ain’t gonna earn you $10,000,000

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.

  12 comments for “Finding Bigfoot just got REALLY serious! (UPDATED: Prize money)

  1. October 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    That’s entertainment. They want to pay $10 million as a gimmick to get people to watch potentially delusional people run around the woods looking for a real animal that almost certainly doesn’t exist. This will make Bigfoot even more popular AND make Bigfootology even more pseudoscientific.

  2. October 26, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Sounds to me like more armed treasure seekers in the forests taking aim at anything big that moves. Brilliant.

  3. Drewbot
    October 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    I wonder if Bill Munns is going to quickly wrap up his PGF film study, and enter it into the contest.

  4. October 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    I can’t help but think that they went out and sought colorful characters to participate. This isn’t an open call for people with evidence to come forward. The entertainment will be in the chase. I also expect manufactured drama as well.

  5. Ben
    October 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    This should put the matter to rest once and for all. Except that it won’t, as those who believe there really is Big Foot will just claim it eluded them on this occasion.

  6. RayG
    October 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    I expect BoBo will be shot while “recreating Sasquatch stride”.

  7. Jim Price
    October 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Why didn’t they just make it $100 million? They obviously know the chances of having to pay out the money are between zero and none, so there is no risk. Only the cost of the policy from Lloyd’s, and that will be miniscule compared to the advertising revenue the show will undoubtedly bring in.

    I used to spend a lot of time watching The History Channel, The Learning Channel, and The Discovery Channel, but there is no longer much history, learning, or discovery to be seen on any of them. I am not familiar with Spike TV, but it is apparently following in the others’ footsteps. Or rather Bigfootsteps.

  8. Gary B
    October 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    There is certainly a chance for great comedy in this but also maybe having someone in a suit shot by a “researcher”.

  9. October 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    One more way to sensationalize nothing.

  10. Justin DeV
    October 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    @Jim Price, with such great programming as Tattoo Nightmares and 1,000 ways to Die, Spike TV makes a lot more sense then the others for this kind of tripe. I still feel betrayed by those other channels.

  11. Michael Simpson
    October 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    And at the end of the series of shows, they’ll make some lame excuses as to why they couldn’t find sasquatch. But at least they’re paying off for the real thing. Well, the imaginary real thing.

  12. Gary
    October 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    It’s clear that Bigfoot, living in proximity of humans for so long, has survived by evolving to look just like a guy in a gorilla suit, including a “zipper” down the back. They come down to the cities in the fall to forage for snacks and drinks and no one remembers in the morning.

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