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.
Some days, it seems like they're running out of ideas for reality shows, since there are multiple fashion, cooking and weight-loss competitions clogging the airwaves. But Survivor and Apprentice creator Mark Burnett just opened up a whole new can of reality show idea-beans with the news that he's developing a reality series based on the 1970s TV show Fantasy Island. This sort of re-jiggering has been tried once before, with the Survivor clone The Real Gilligan's Island, but it certainly seems like old, familiar TV shows are about to become the new hunting grounds for new, familiar and above all cheap reality programming. Here are some classic '60s and '70s TV shows we think would make great '10s reality.