Looks like the good folks at A&E are in the process of putting together a new reality show that could actually be the perfect replacement for Dog The Bounty Hunter. The network announced this week that they are currently in production on the first season of Steven Seagal: Lawman, a non-fiction series that will follow the adventures of actor/martial arts star/musician Steven Seagal, working as a deputy with the Jefferson Parish County Sheriff’s Office in New Orleans. No, this isn’t some Armed and Famous rip-off. Apparently while Seagal’s movies have been falling off the map over the past 20 years, he has actually been moonlighting as a cop, putting his aikido skills to good use fighting crime. Amazing.
Seagal had this to say about the show: “I decided to work with A&E on this series now because I believe it’s important to show the nation all the positive work being accomplished here in Louisiana.” Clearly this is all just a scheme to show up his rival Jean-Claude Van Damme, who just made a bit of a comeback with the movie JCVD. According to the article in Variety, Seagal also assisted with the recovery effort after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and in his off time he continues to perform music and participate in various charities. The Dalai Lama would be proud. Steven Seagal: Lawman is currently scheduled to hit the airwaves sometime in late 2009.