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Broadcast Premiere:

'Monsters & Mysteries in America'
Season Two to Premiere Sunday, December 15 on
Destination America
Categories: Network TV Press Releases

Written By Sara Bible
November 25th, 2013


Monsters & Mysteries In America

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(Silver Spring, MD) – In communities across America, local legends passed down generation to generation tell of monsters hunting nearby woodlands, ancient spirits walking amongst the living, and alien creatures paying earth a visit. But these aren’t just your scout master’s campfire tales. According to a recent poll conducted by Destination America and Nielsen, more than half of Americans claim to have experienced paranormal activity, whether it’s seeing, hearing, or feeling something they couldn’t explain.* Their stories are told in season two of Destination America’s hit series MONSTERS & MYSTERIES IN AMERICA, premiering Sunday, December 15 at 10/9c. In 12 all-new episodes, hear directly from everyday people who have had close encounters with real-life folktale fiends. With America’s dense forests, desert grasslands, and hundreds of miles of uninhabitable wilderness, no country could house - or hide - so many mysterious creatures.

“Road trip through small-town America and odds are that patrons at local diners will be brimming with tales of mysterious creatures and unexplainable phenomena from the well-known chupacabra and bigfoot to the more obscure Michigan dogman and Missouri momo,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. MONSTERS & MYSTERIES IN AMERICA takes the cross-country trip for you, emerging with the most cryptic, frightening, and brow-furrowing stories to hail from all four corners of the U.S., and the heartland in between.”

Each episode of MONSTERS & MYSTERIES IN AMERICA focuses on a different American region and features stories of people who claim to have encountered creatures of local legend. The first two episodes of the season include:

“Chupacabra, Zombie Soldiers, Lake Worth Monster”
premieres Sunday, December 15 at 10/9c

The Lone Star state harbors pockets of land where history, mystery, and terror prevail. Legendary monsters lurk in dark corners while The Walking Dead remain stuck fighting a battle from the Civil War.

Lake Worth monster (Lake Worth & Mount Nebo, TX) - In the summer of 1969, the Lake Worth community was stalked by an aggressive hybrid monster that was half man, half goat. Though many thought the creature had disappeared, two decades later they were proven wrong as the encounters continued.

Chupacabra (Cuero, TX) - Since 2007, the small community of Cuero has become the notorious home of a terrifying mythical creature with a vicious reputation. Now Phylis Canion believes she has the proof that this monster is real.

Zombie soldiers (Brownsville, TX) - On a road trip through Brownsville, a young couple - Barb and Cameron Dexter – experienced The Walking Dead first hand when they unknowingly parked their truck on a historic battleground.

“Pukwudgie, Aliens, Dover Demon”
premieres Sunday, December 22 at 10/9c

Much like a mainland Bermuda Triangle, Massachusetts’ Bridgewater Triangle is shrouded with inexplicable phenomena like evil creatures and UFO sightings.

Pukwudgie (Hockomock Swamp, MA) - The Bridgewater Triangle is home to many legends including one about a tiny troll that lives in the Hockomock Swamp and lures its victims with a friendly gesture. Local Bill Russo’s encounter with the creature made him realize the Pukwudgie could have led him to his death.

Alien brood (Bridgewater, MA) - Twin sisters Audrey and Debbie Hewins were plagued by alien visitors since childhood. As adults, these abductions took a terrifying turn when the twins realized they were being used as the aliens’ reproductive slaves.

Dover demon (Dover, MA) - For Dover high school students Abby Brabham, John Baxter, and Bill Bartlett, two nights in the spring of 1977 were ones they will never forget. Their encounter with a monkey-like demon threw the small town of Dover into a frenzy of fear.

Other episodes will feature mysteries such as the momo (Missouri), wendigo (Minnesota), evil gnomes and hell hounds(California), pascagoula (Mississippi), and skunk ape (Florida), among others.

MONSTERS & MYSTERIES IN AMERICA is produced by M2 Pictures for Destination America. For M2 Pictures, Mike Sinclair is executive producer and Ron Bowman is co-executive producer. For Destination America, Fay Yu is executive producer, Sara Kozak is SVP of production, Marc Etkind is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Military Channel, and Destination America.

About Destination America

Destination America is the only network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States. The inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54 is available in nearly 60 million homes, emblazoning television screens with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation. Destination America features travel, food, adventure, home, and natural history, with original series like BBQ Pitmasters; A Haunting; Mountain Monsters; Buying Alaska; Buying the Bayou; and Railroad Alaska. For more information, please visit,, or Destination America is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 218 countries and territories.

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Tune in... Sunday, November 20th, 2011 - 9pm e/p
for the season finale of Curiosity on Discovery Channel,

"Your Body On Drugs"
hosted by Robin Williams

Robin Williams Explores Your Body on Drugs

and check out these RW outtakes...funny!

Your Body on Drugs
-- Sunday, Nov. 20 at 9pm e/p
Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel / Base Productions
Ron Bowman - Show runner / writer

Just in time for Valentines Day... please tune in to...
"Clash of the Americas" on the National Geographic Channel.
Monday February 14, 2011 7pm & 10pm *check local listings

We are very proud of this film and of all the efforts and talents of so many that went into telling
this tale of prehistoric America..

Clash of the Americas


Three million years ago, the rise of the Panamanian land bridge connected the American continents for the first time and unleashed an astonishing animal encounter. It was an event of epic proportions, but what exactly happened? The details of how and when the continents merged and its impact on the living – why some animals succeeded while others went extinct - are finally becoming clear. With a tiny strip of crustal geology – two vast continents collided … and changed the planet forever.

Clash of the Americas

SCREEN Magazine

Pixeldust Studios Creates Prehistoric Creatures

February 17, 2011 by Screenmag

Pixeldust Studios



Pixeldust Studios, a multi-award winning digital animation and broadcast design studio, has created a dramatic presentation of prehistoric creatures that was featured in a one hour special presentation of the “Explorer” series that aired on February 14th on the National Geographic Channel. Ricardo Andrade, President and Creative Director, Pixeldust Studios, made the announcement.

Pixeldust’s animation work illustrates the abundance of new wildlife that arose from the extraordinary geological shift that took place 60 million years ago between the North and South American continents.

Regarding this special, New Pony Productions’ Ron Bowman, producer/director/writer of “Clash of the Americas,” said, “This project involved a great deal of animation depicting prehistoric creatures—the demand for animation here was intense. Ricardo and his team at Pixeldust Studios and I needed to come up with a new approach; working jointly we developed a new way to present prehistoric animation in an unusual style, with a kind of ‘graphic novel’ look and feel. The animations evolve from frame to frame, and are dramatic and immersive.”

The “Clash of the Americas” may have been one of the most cataclysmic geologic events of the last 60 million years, an event which shaped America as we know it today. The narrow, 400-mile-long Isthmus of Panama, once buried below the sea, rose up and connected North and South America. This new land bridge unleashed astonishing animal encounter: Prehistoric predators and prey each unique to their worlds came face-to-face for the first time. The “Clash of the Americas” edition of National Geographic Channel’s “Explorer” series, featuring animations from Pixeldust Studios, will air on Feb. 14th.

Ron Bowman, founder of New Pony Productions, has been producing award-winning documentary television and media projects over the last 20 years for, among others: National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ABC News, PBS, The Smithsonian, A&E, TLC. His credits as producer, director, writer and animation designer have appeared on documentaries covering some of the most challenging and entertaining subjects in science, history, culture, nature and public affairs. He has traveled to some of the most remote places on the planet on behalf of projects exploring critical issues of the day. Bowman directed one of National Geographic’s highest rated specials for 2008: Six Degrees Could Change the World on global warming.

Bowman’s work has been recognized with the highest awards for both network and cable programming, including the Peabody Broadcasting Award and numerous Emmy nominations, including Best Directing, Best Overall Documentary, Best Animation.

“Moment of Impact” premiered on PBS over two Sundays, April 4 and April 11, 2010.

Moment of Impact

The natural world is filled with “moments of impact” – the split seconds when animals come into contact with each other and the world around them. Previously many of these moments were too fast or too hidden for us to see. But now new camera technologies reveal what’s behind these remarkable moments, and cutting edge animations illustrate the “inside story” of animal bioengineering that allows each moment of impact to take place.





New Pony Productions | Ron Bowman 2009