Monsters Underground will debut on Thursday night on the more mainstream Discovery Channel
Former Portland doctor Casey Onik, a scientist on the “Monsters Underground” team, explores a cave during an episode of the show. (Photo courtesy of Destination America)
In the days before “Monsters Underground” was scheduled to premiere on the cable channel Destination America — Aug. 22 — I received word from the channel’s publicist that it was a no-go, and that she’d be able to announce a new premiere time as soon as details became available.
While it certainly sounded like the show’s debut was just being delayed a little bit, whenever a program is hauled off the air at the last moment, it does make you worry.
“Monsters Underground,” as you may know from reading about it here in the Bangor Daily News, is a reality show following a team of cave-diving cryptid hunters led by Bill Brock, of Durham, Maine, and including former Portland doctor Casey Onik.
Among the fantastical creatures Brock, a longtime Bigfoot researcher,
seeks out in the show are the bat-like Olitiau in Arizona and the one-eyed sloth-like Mapinguari in California.
Well, now it appears the scheduling change was a good thing for the “Monsters Underground” team. Instead of a premiere on somewhat more fringe channel Destination America, the show will debut on Thursday night on the more mainstream Discovery Channel, with two episodes to air at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively.
The publicist was not able to say at this point when future episodes will air, but the channel change will result in a big jump in potential exposure for the show right off the bat. Discovery is the reportedly the second most-widely distributed cable channel in the United States — behind TBS — and reaches 409 million households worldwide.
Destination America, which is in the Discovery family of sub-channels, reaches about 60 million U.S. viewers, by comparison. Even if the move to Discovery is temporary, it should serve to create legions more fans of the show than if it premiered on just about any other channel.