ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos is getting a spinoff of sorts, one that offers an edgier angle, but also brings back the original host of the long-running series, Bob Saget. The Alphabet network announced that not only will the seemingly immortal AFV continue to forget that YouTube is a thing for at least another two seasons (which will carry it through season 31), but that all those clips sent in by viewers over the years and deemed unfit for the decidedly family-friendly series will finally see the light of day in the very Cinemax-y titled Videos After Dark.
America’s Funniest Home Videos became a Sunday-night staple in the ‘90s, as viewers tuned into see regular folks willingly share their funny, embarrassing, or heartwarming moments with a captive network television audience - in exchange for a chance to win some cold, hard cash. The series was a success (and continues to be, given that it’s fast approaching more than three decades on television), and has seen several hosts come and go (other notable names include Tom Bergeron and current host Alfonso Ribeiro, of Fresh Prince of Bel Air fame). But now, after decades away from the series, Saget is set to return.
As reported by Deadline, the new series, Videos After Dark, will dig into the vault of video clips AFV and its producers have accumulated over the years, but this time focusing on “Incredible real-life mishaps, uproarious blunders and extremely bad decisions are celebrated and highlighted with Saget’s comedic commentary.” While it’s certain that the show won't feature anything too untoward (this is still ABC, after all), the new series may well cater to an audience similar to that of MTV’s Ridiculousness or those who can’t get enough of YouTube channels, like Fail Army.
But perhaps the biggest news isn’t AFV and ABC planning programming specifically designed to go after a smaller, adult-oriented audience, but that it was able to get Saget to come back. As an actor, Saget has established a squeaky-clean persona, thanks to AFV and, to a much larger extent, to his role as Danny Tanner on Full House and Netflix’s Fuller House. Those roles are in stark contrast to the sort of material he typically performs as a stand up comedian, so the manner in which audiences react to the once prototypical TV dad commenting on “edgier" video clips will be something to keep an eye on.
With any luck, Videos After Dark will get a name change before it airs on ABC. When it does make its television debut, however, it will be interesting to see how the series fares in a world where similar YouTube clips are available with the press of a button.
America’s Funniest Videos airs Sunday nights @7pm on ABC.