Spike TV's reality TV show "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty" is slated for January 2014. Not much is known about the host's belief in Bigfoot, but in this TV interview with FoxNews, Cain seems opened to the possibility of an unknown bipedal ape in North American. Cain says he started off as a "cynical television producer", but is now starting to feel differently. The show challenges nine teams to produce Bigfoot evidence (via photographic or DNA evidence) and if they can prove Bigfoot's existence, the Lloyd's of London will be handing over a 10 million dollar check.
By given the teams the latest high-tech tools, Chris Rantamaki, the Senior Vice President of Original Series at Spike TV thinks Bigfoot could be proven within the next year, or maybe even sooner. "A lot sooner," he says:
"What better way to find out [if Bigfoot really exists] than to throw the latest, cutting-edge science behind this; find the best Bigfoot-hunting teams possible, including big-game hunters, serious hunters, and people who have been looking for Bigfoot for many, many years; and then put a $10 million dollar bounty on finding out the truth. We just thought it was a helluva fun idea," said Chris Rantamaki, the Senior Vice President of Original Series at Spike TV.
And about the multimillion-dollar poo: Rantamaki says one of the coolest pieces of technology the teams will use in their search is a mobile DNA lab that can provide DNA sequencing results in as little as a day.
"When I saw this, it truly blew my mind," he told Yahoo! TV. "It's not my world, but there's all different kinds of DNA, obviously, like hair, fur, saliva, stuff that maybe scraped off onto branches … scat is obviously a very big piece [of evidence] in the woods. And for the scat, it's so crazy that it can be determined, within several hours, what animal it has come from, very specifically, through the DNA sequencing. And even when samples are found, our experts have this knowledge … and in the lab, there's a textbook that is just filled with pictures of various kinds of scat, from every animal. It shows the picture of the animal, the shape of the scat … it's all really crazy, but hearing all these folks talk about it is fascinating."
So, finding Bigfoot really could come down to poo?
"Yes," Rantamaki said, laughing.
The show, which is already in production, is a fun but still serious effort to prove whether or not Bigfoot is real, as the $10 million prize suggests. Last November, a Texas veterinarian purported to have DNA evidence that Bigfoot exists, but her results remain controversial.
Rantamaki promises that there will be no room for questioning the winner if someone does indeed snag the big prize on "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty," as the substantiation needed to win $10 million includes both photographic evidence and DNA evidence "that has been sequenced and proved to be from an unknown primate."
"A, it's $10 million on the line; B, it's Lloyd's of London, so there's no screwing around on this," Rantamaki said. "No one who isn’t fully credible, and/or vetted by a lot of people, is involved."
[via Yahoo News]