On Sunday, June 5, 2011, the programmers at Animal Planet (AP) have slanted a collection of episodes of cryptid-related shows to lead up to the evening screening of Finding Bigfoot episode, “Swamp Ape.” All the networks do it, whether the viewers are conscious of these day-long efforts or not.
Beginning at 5 am and 5:30 am (all times noted are Eastern), AP scheduled Lost Tapes: “Dover Demon” and Lost Tapes: “White River Monster.” The series Lost Tapes is a cryptofiction television docudrama that uses heavily edited interview-driven, supposedly nonfiction factoids on the cryptids being profiled to frame the created “tapes” that have supposedly been “discovered.”
Promotional image for Finding Bigfoot
The programming takes on a decidedly Bigfoot/Sasquatch and Florida orientation starting at 2:00 pm on Sunday.
Here is the line-up (all times Eastern):
2 pm Maneaters: “Gators/Crocs”
3 pm River Monsters: “Himalayan Giant”
4 pm Swamp Wars: “Killer Pythons” (Florida)
5 pm Lost Tapes: “Bigfoot”
5:30 pm Lost Tapes: “Southern Bigfoot”
6 pm Finding Bigfoot: “Bigfoot Crossing in Georgia”
7-9 pm Two episodes of Whale Wars
9 pm Man-Eating Super Snake (African rock pythons in south Florida.)
10 pm Finding Bigfoot: “Swamp Ape”
11 pm Finding Bigfoot: “Swamp Ape”
It appears that in the world of crypto-cable wars, this Sunday belongs to Animal Planet. For example, over on History, June 5th is devoted to a day-long marathon of the series, Ice Road Truckers.