'America’s Funniest Home Videos' Animal Spinoff Heads to Nat Geo Wild (Exclusive)
Disney continues to share the wealth, which is its I.P.
“AFV” (f.k.a. “AFHV”) is going to the dogs. And to the cats, and probably to the elephants, the monkeys, etc. Nat Geo Wild is spinning off the long-running ABC series with “America’s Funniest Home Videos: Animal Edition,” TheWrap has learned.
The fur-focused version of the Alfonso Ribeiro-hosted broadcast staple will premiere on Sunday, June 20 at 8/7c on cable channel Nat Geo Wild.
“‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ has been a household staple since its inception, providing hilarious entertainment from some of the most happy coincidences and epic fails in television history,” Nat Geo Wild said on Tuesday as part of its new-series order. “But there’s no question that animal videos featuring furry friends and scaly celebrities are the most entertaining yet. A spinoff of the ABC hit, ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos: Animal Edition’ presents knee-slapping, tear-jerking animal humor to Nat Geo Wild!”
The original “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which has certainly featured plenty of silly animals, launched back in 1989 with host Bob Saget.
Saget hosted the weekly series until 1997. John Fugelsang and Daisy Fuentes co-hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos” for the next two seasons. Following some specials, Tom Bergeron took over as host in 2001, and enjoyed the longest run of any of the emcees. Bergeron bounced in 2015, which is when Ribeiro took over.
The Walt Disney Company now owns Nat Geo through its 2017 purchase of most of 21st Century Fox’s assets. Disney owns broadcast network ABC, but not the Fox broadcast channel.
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