Rob Lowe has apparently made contact with the other side — and viewers will get to check it out first hand when The Lowe Files debuts on A&E next month.
The series follows the West Wing and Parks and Rec alum and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, as they travel through the country to explore infamous unsolved mysteries, a curiosity that Rob has had since his early childhood and has now passed down to his boys.
At the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Friday, Lowe was asked point blank whether he’s actually seen a ghost, and Lowe countered that he’s spoken to one. “There’s a device they use that the theory is it can translate — that the spirits can talk through this device, for a lack of better term,” Lowe said. “Don’t ask me how, don’t ask me the science, I don’t know. John just thinks it’s randomly programmed to say words at any given time, which it could be, but how does it know to say the word… it said the dead woman’s name where she was murdered. Judge for yourself. I don’t want to seem like a nut. I don’t want to end my career here.”
For the record, Lowe previously told EW he had a run-in with Bigfoot. “As you research all this stuff, honestly my real point on this is it’s just more fun to believe. I don’t know, and I don’t really care, but it’s fun,” Lowe said.
Though Lowe explains that the show taps into his long fascination with the unexplained, it’s ultimately about bonding with his kids. “The show is basically Anthony Bourdain in a blender with Scooby Doo,” Lowe said. “We want to solve it, but if we don’t, it’s not a failure, because the real point of it is fathers and sons on the road making memories.”
That doesn’t mean the boys always believe what their dad is hunting for, like an underwater alien submarine base or how a friend of their dad’s believes the moon is hollow. “All right, time out,” Lowe said, interrupting his son. “It’s Charlie Sheen, he thinks the moon is hollow.” John Owen Lowe added: “In fairness, he had pretty good talking points.”
The Lowe Files will debut Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.