9:25am PT by Rick Porter
Bob Saget Returns to ABC for 'Videos After Dark,' 'AFV' Renewed Through Season 31
Original America's Funniest Home Videos host Bob Saget is returning to ABC to host a new, more grown-up version of the video clip show.
Saget will serve as host for Videos After Dark, a show where, per ABC, "the hits are a little harder, the language a bit saltier, the animals a little less cute, the kids a tad less adorable and the embarrassing moments are way more revealing."
The network has also renewed America's Funniest Home Videos for its 30th and 31st seasons, keeping the show on through the 2020-21 season. The longest-running entertainment show in ABC's history is currently the net's top performer on Sunday nights; it's up 17 percent in total viewers vs. the same period last season.
"It is with a great sense of pride we look to our 30th- and 31st-year pickup," said executive producer Vin Di Bona. "Our audience depends on us to deliver quality family programs, and we delight in the capacity to give the nation and the world at least one great belly laugh a week."
AFV premiered in November 1989; Saget, who also starred on Full House at the time, hosted the first eight seasons of the show. In the years since then, he's become known for his more adult-oriented stand-up comedy while continuing to work steadily as an actor.
"AFV has been a fixture in households across America for decades, and we are so happy that this show still resonates," said Rob Mills, senior vp alternative, late night and specials at ABC. "Now the generation that grew up with the hilarious Bob Saget as the host of AFV is old enough to stay up past 10 p.m. to see him on Videos After Dark."
Videos After Dark will be executive produced by Di Bona, Michele Nasraway and Saget. There's no word yet on a premiere date.
Saget is repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.