Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 9th, 2008
On September 14, 2007, I wrote here that I had found “Destination Truth” to be “an on-target, serious, contemporary, fun, adventurous effort to show ‘living cryptozoology.’”
Yesterday, I was happy to hear that the series has gotten the greenlight for Season Three.
Josh Gates, the host of SciFi TV’s series “Destination Truth,” came by to talk to me. He listened to my illustrated presentation, which I was giving on the Queen Mary on Monday. I found him to be a darn nice guy, with a fast friendly smile, quick wit, and certainly a instant popularity among the milling crowd filing in to hear my sea serpents, Bigfoot, and general cryptozoology talk.
Before Josh and I knew it, there was a line of people winding through the hall to meet him and have their photos taken with the star of the popular show, although that wasn’t his objective for the visit.
People attending the Darkness Radio conference, set so close to Hollywood, were treated with the extra surprise of rubbing shoulders with “stars,” sometimes openly, often not, such as with Josh’s visit. For example, Dean Haglund, one of the three actors playing the intelligent guys in “The X-Files” and “The Lone Gunmen” series was in attendance too. “The Lone Gunmen” by the way, was ahead of its time, in incredible thematic ways, and the concept should have been given more than one season by Fox to find its audience. It has a legendary pilot episode in which it predicts the flight of an airline jet into one of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, with shocking 9/11 precursor footage – here & here. Unfortunately, it was placed up opposite a show it never had a chance against, “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?”
Other less visible people but none the less powerful players in the movies and television game dropped by also, including the richly successful HBO producer Alex Ryan (who is a friend and co-owner of a production company with James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano). Alex was there to see my talk and have lunch with me.
Back to “Destination Truth.”
I have a survey question for you readers. Do you like the half-hour segment format for each of the “Destination Truth” episodes? As you know, during each hour-long program, “Destination Truth” journeys to two exotic locations. The exception was their one 60-minute treatment of the story of the show’s discovery of the Yeti tracks in Nepal (photos above).
So, have your say, please. I’m not interested in a critical analysis of the program, except around the one specific point of its length. What do you think of their retaining the 30/30 in one show concept, or seeing more hour-long programs? If you were the series’ executive producer, what would you pick for the new season of “Destination Truth”?
Also, what new locations would be on your wish list? Where would you like to see them take their new cryptozoology adventures?
Thank you for recording your insights via the comment section below. Hollywood is reading this!