Production begins on 'Armed and Famous'
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Production has begun on the CBS reality entry “Armed and Famous,” which follows five “celebrities” as they train to become police officers in Muncie, Ind.
Erik Estrada — who played a freeway patrolman on “CHiPs” — is undergoing police training with singer La Toya Jackson, son-of-Ozzy Jack Osbourne, pro wrestler Trish Stratus and “Jackass” star Jason Acuna (aka Wee Man).
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” alum Tom Forman is behind the show, which he’ll exec produce along with Jeffrey Kramer and Michael Braverman (who created the show). Tom Forman Prods. and Magic Molehill Prods. are behind “Armed and Famous.”
Forman departed “EM: Home Edition” earlier this year (Daily Variety, March 30).
“Armed and Famous” will follow the five stars as they experience the same training police reserve officers go through, followed by graduation. After that, the celebs will go on patrol (while carrying guns) with the same training officers who traditionally ride with rookies.
CBS hasn’t yet firmed up an airdate for “Armed and Famous,” which has just begun shooting in Muncie.
According to a story in the Muncie Star Press, Jackson had already failed a physical fitness assessment because she couldn’t complete enough push-ups.
Forman told the newspaper that he chose Muncie because one of the show’s producers hails from the Midwestern town. Shooting will take place over the next month.