Last night was the premiere of the second season of Mountain Monsters on Destination America. Prior to the premiere at 9 PM, Destination America was airing reworked episodes from the first season with additional footage, production notes, and viewer tweets.
We didn’t watch any of those episodes (being aired under the title Mountain Monsters: Uncaged) because we watched the original episodes when they aired last year. Instead, we watched the network shows we always watch on Fridays: Hawaii Five-O and Blue Bloods. We were dvr-ing the season premiere since it was on at the same time as Blue Bloods and I wasn’t going to miss Blue Bloods.
After Blue Bloods went off, we pulled up Mountain Monsters on the dvr and started watching. Occasionally, I would tweet something about the episode, but mostly I was watching the action as the boys hunted for the Kentucky Hell Hound. The episode was almost over when I started getting tweets asking me things like “how do you tweet on the show?” and “did you know your tweets are the only ones getting on tv?” I thought maybe the premiere was being rebroadcast with viewer tweets or something, so when the Hell Hound episode ended, I told my husband about the comments I was getting. We flipped the channel to Destination America just in time to see one of my tweets flash on the screen during an episode of Mountain Monsters: Uncaged. I’m not sure which episode it was, but the tweet read: “These guys are country as a truckload of goats.”
Turns out, my tweets were popular with the Mountain Monsters folks. Maybe because I tweet silly/funny comments for the most part, I don’t really know. Or maybe because there weren’t many people watching it the first season, my tweets stood out? I have no idea. At any rate, I recorded three episodes of Uncaged that aired later that night (“Wampus Beast”, “Devil Dog”, and “Wolf Man”) and watched them this morning to see if any of my tweets made it on air.
The “Wampus Beast” episode featured two of my tweets, pictures of which are posted above. I’ve got my dvr set to record episodes of Uncaged so I can see how many more of my tweets made it into the show.
I’ve got a feeling that more of my tweets could end up in future episodes of Uncaged, since the Mountain Monsters twitter account (@DesAmericaMM) favorited a handful of my tweets from last night.
My advice for those with aspirations to get a tweet aired? First, keep it clean. Tweets with foul language/curse words can’t be aired. Second, make it relevant. If you’ve had an experience with a weird creature, tweet it! I know I saw at least one tweet from someone who said it was like seeing their childhood experience come to life. Tweets about how much you enjoy the show are always good too. I saw several of those during the three episodes I recorded. Third, hashtag it. The network follows the #MountainMonsters hashtag on Twitter. If you want to better your chances of your tweet being seen, use the official hashtag for any tweets about the show.
I’ll be tweeting about Mountain Monsters again either next Friday night starting at 10 PM or Saturday afternoon. To follow the insanity, follow me on Twitter at @courtney_bolton.