After Bate Motel concluded its 5 season run earlier this year, A&E made the decision to end production of scripted projects to focus exclusively on “reality” programming (which has always been the cable network’s bread and butter). Still, they’re retaining some horror sensibilities with a new paranormal reality series a la The X-Files: The Lowe Files features Rob Lowe crisscrossing the US with his sons, looking for the truth behind some of America’s most enduring mysteries.
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“If you put Anthony Bourdain in a blender with Scooby Doo, you’d get the tone of this show,” Lowe told Entertainment Weekly.
The new docuseries [is the] actor’s first foray into reality television, fronting a family affair that sees him traversing the country with his sons, Matthew and John Owen, as they probe into a slew of mysterious phenomena — from the exploration of an underwater alien base off the coast of Malibu to working with an esteemed shaman at Preston Castle, a reportedly haunted reformatory for boys — with curiosity, science, and a well-reared sense of humor (and the appropriate amount of skepticism as well).
Most exciting (and unbelievable) are Lowe’s claims that the 9-episode series will culminate in a real-life, documented confrontation with a Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot, Skunk Ape, etc.)!
“We had an incredible encounter with what locals call the wood ape, which is in the Ozark Mountains. I’m fully aware that I sound like a crazy, Hollywood kook right now. [I was] genuinely terrified… I was lying on the ground thinking I was going to be killed. A wood ape is the local vernacular for a Sasquatch or a Bigfoot.”
The Lowe Files premieres on A&E on Wednesday, August 2nd.