New series will explore unusual side of U.S.
A&E has greenlit seven episodes of “Bob Saget’s Strange Days,” a nonscripted hourlong skein that will feature the comedian exploring American society off the beaten path.The quirky travelogue will place Saget with groups that include biker gangs, Amish teenagers, mail-order brides and survivalist cults. “Bob Saget has been a part of the television landscape for years, but now we’ll be seeing him in a completely different light as he travels the country to explore ways of living that most of us know nothing about,” said Robert Sharenow, A&E senior veep of nonfiction and alternative programming. Series, announced to be in the pilot stage at the May upfronts, is positioned as a self-immersion extension of Saget’s standup act that riffs on offbeat people and their lifestyles while ultimately trying to illuminate what drives their emotions and behavior. Troy Searer and John Foy of Tijuana Entertainment (“Obsessed,” “The Two Coreys”) are exec producing “Strange Days,” along with Peter Traugott for Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Saget is also an exec producer. Production will begin early in 2010 for a premiere later in the year.