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Rob Lowe to feature Boise on TV this week after night in ‘haunted’ Idaho Penitentiary

Rob Lowe is starting to feel like an honorary Boisean.

After co-starring in one season of “The Grinder,” a Fox television series filmed in Los Angeles but set in Boise (until it was canceled in 2016), Lowe is putting the spotlight on Idaho again. He and his son, John Owen Lowe, visited the Old Idaho Penitentiary earlier this year to film their new A&E reality TV show, “The Lowe Files.”

The episode, titled “Fear,” is slated to air Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Here’s the synopsis from A&E: “With Matthew stuck back at law school studying for an exam, Rob and John Owen trek up to Boise, Idaho, to visit the haunted Old State Penitentiary where they meet an expert in the psychology of fear who will use the disturbing energy of the facility, and its past horrors, as an overnight testing ground to help Rob and Johnny explore their fascination with what triggers our inner fright.”

The Lowes visited the Old Idaho Penitentiary in March. Rob Lowe’s Instagram account included a couple of posts about the trip.

“Mr. Lowe and his son were delightful to visitors and staff,” says Amber M. Beierle, historical sites administrator for the Idaho State Historical Society. “They treated the Old Idaho Penitentiary with respect and reverence. They were particularly interested in the history of the site, because without that context any purported paranormal activity isn’t very interesting.”

“We have not seen the episode,” Beierle says, “but look forward to see what they found, or maybe did not find, during their visit.”

The nine-episode season of “The Lowe Files” premiered Aug. 2. The show “follows Lowe and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, as they travel the country exploring infamous unsolved mysteries. ... In each episode, Lowe and his sons seek out a mysterious story or spooky legend and immerse themselves in the exploration and debate of the experience.”


The Grinder finally came home. And ran into Joel Zadack! #teenlife

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