David Shealy’s new show has been given a greenlight for a handful of episodes on Travel Channel, a division of Discovery. The focus will be about Shealy’s search for the Skunk Ape in the Everglades of Florida. If the pilot gets good initial ratings, half a dozen episodes will be scheduled to screen.
The success of Matt Moneymaker and his BFRO crew’s reality series on Animal Planet has the Travel Channel hoping it can hit paydirt with a “finding Skunk Ape”-style program that will be funnier than Finding Bigfoot. Reportedly, Shealy’s series will air next fall.
Cryptozoologists and Bigfoot researchers are concerned about a trend they see developing in which the field is being played, more and more, just for laughs. Of course, the producers of such Bigfoot and Skunk Ape shows may be laughing all the way to the bank, but in their programs’ wake, the serious sides of cryptozoology and hominology may suffer.
David Shealy in a recent photograph, on location, at his tourist attraction in the Everglades.