Look Lahk Trouble, Cher …
No trouble here, Officer Seagal! The Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E) knows art, that’s for sure. The Hollywood Reporter reports the part-NBC property signed up portly action hero Steven Segal for another year of his “reality” show, where he and his beefy colleagues patrol the semi-mean streets of suburban New Orleans, where he is (by some accounts) a reserve deputy.
Think I’m gonna rip on A&E? On reality TV? On Seagal … Wrong! (well, maybe a little on Seagal, but he’s laughing all the way to the Po-Boy shack)
This show is a genuine blast. Seagal couldn’t play a more pompous, self-assured, doughnut-weary cop if he tried, and I don’t think he’s trying! I actually believe he believes he’s doing good. And, heck, maybe he is, who am I to judge? His celebrity status seems to defuse a few situations, and his fellow XXL policemen appear to put up with him pretty well as he barks inane commands with some imagined cajun accent (he was born in Michigan, raised in New Mexico and California).
No question about it, this show gets my ‘guilty pleasure’ award, give it a shot, well worth the time. The foot chase scenes are the best, half the squad races the other half to be first to the car so they won’t have to run after the bad guy. Someone at A&E gets the joke, but I don’t think Seagal does. Which is fine by me, keep it up, big man!
BTW, lest it be thought that I dislike Seagal, I can assure you I do not. From his biography and Web site, it appears he is a pretty decent fellow, supports animal rights and other nice things, practices Eastern religions, and plays music. My take on him is that he’s probably a pretty nice guy, it’s just that he takes himself so seriously … you gotta love the big lug. And his show.
Take a look at some clips from A&E … (And for Heaven’s sake, hide the doughnuts!)
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