Unless you're a prostitution whore, there's something for everyone in this week's TV-on-DVD releases. Actually, if you're a prostitution whore who once got arrested by Steven Seagal, you might be in luck.
More arrivals, more departures, more guest stars and more crass marketing attempts to get our favorite characters to sell us products. Not that we're complaining. We want the products!
When we first heard that Steven Seagal was a deputized police officer in New Orleans, we were amused. When we heard someone was going to make a reality series out of it, we were baffled. When the thing actually happened, we were like, "Okay, somebody's messing with us, right?" But no, a series titled Steven Seagal: Lawman will air starting this December on A&E, which used to stand for "Arts and Entertainment." The network seems to have shed such a narrow definition for their content, however, as the trailer for SSL looks like a very special episode of Cops. There's already been a lawsuit filed against A&E by two producers who are seeking credit and compensation, but if we were them we would stay far, far away from this thing, because it just seems like a bad idea. Actor, singer and martial artist Steven Seagal enforcing the law? Here are a few reasons why this might be a mistake.
First Jean Claude Van Damme came back on the scene and lassoed major indie cred playing a version of himself in the cult hit JCVD. And now his arch nemesis Steven Seagal (that's right, Mister My Little Ponytail himself!) will star in an A&E reality show called Steven Seagal: Lawman that chronicles his life as a deputy sheriff of
Nottingham Jefferson County Parish in New Orleans. Unbeknownst to me (and, I'm guessing, you, unless you happen to be a crazy Seagal fanatic), SS has worked in the sheriff's office for nearly twenty years. What's with people appointing random fictional tough guys (Jesse Ventura, Ahnold) to real positions? Honest to gosh, some folks just take that whole suspension of disbelief thing a little too far.