A&E reality suits Steven Seagal

'Lawman' slated for late 2009 bow

Steven Seagal can now add “reality TV lead” to his resume, as A&E is in production on nonfiction skein “Steven Seagal: Lawman” in New Orleans.

According to the net, Seagal has been working on and off as a fully commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish County Sheriff’s Office for nearly two decades. One of his stints found him assisting with recovery efforts during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“Lawman” also will document his life off the beat, including his musical and philanthropic activities in the Big Easy.

Seagal toplined a series of successful actioners in the ’90s, most profitably in the “Under Siege” couplet. His Warner Bros. contract was not renewed in 1997; since then he has appeared mostly in straight-to-video projects and exclusively so since 2003. Most recently, he wrote and starred in “Kill Switch” for First Look Intl.; it bowed on Oct. 7.

The pickup occurs amid A&E’s plan to resurrect another ’90s stalwart, Patrick Swayze, in FBI drama “The Beast,” which will bow in January.

“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,” Seagal said of the new venture.

Seagal “helps fight crime because he cares about the community,” said Robert Sharenow, A&E’s senior veep of nonfiction and alternative programming. “Lawman” is skedded for a late 2009 bow.

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