FX has picked up Morgan Spurlock’s documentary series pilot “30 Days,” ordering six one-hour episodes.
Spurlock, who created, hosts and narrates the series, exec produces with Ben Silverman and Howard Owens. Show is slated for a summer premiere.
“30 Days” was the first pilot ordered by FX entertainment topper John Landgraf after he arrived in January (Daily Variety, March 19). Series adapts Spurlock’s award-winning doc “Super Size Me” — a monthlong experiment in which the director ate only fast food — by chronicling the lives of people who are willingly situated in an environment contrasting their own for a period of 30 days.
“We saw an opportunity to put a show on the air with a different set of stakes and a different tone than the emerging cliches of reality TV,” Landgraf said. “We knew this was the show we’d been looking for.”
Alternative programming veep Eric Schrier helped bring the project to FX. Cabler’s last unscripted effort, “NASCAR Drivers: 360,” performed strongly in its run.
Pilot episode of “30 Days” explored differing religious lifestyles, placing a Christian insurance salesman from West Virginia with a Muslim family in Dearborn, Mich., home of the nation’s largest Islamic community.
” ‘Super Size Me’ dealt with a serious issue in an entertaining way,” Spurlock said. “I wanted to translate that to television by creating a show that would engage a viewer, make them laugh and make them think.”
Silverman added that the pilot “lives up to the high bar set in ‘Super Size Me,’ as it deals with one of the most challenging issues in American life in a real and thought-provoking way.”