Steven Seagal is not above the law ... he IS the law. Thank you, A&E, for finally putting something good on the air.
Seagal, the action movie icon, accomplished blues musician, aikido expert and international man of mystery - he's apparently even a tulku, the reincarnation of a Buddhist Lama - is on tap to star in his own reality series this December: "Steven Seagal | Lawman." But he's not looking for love or cooking - though Chief Ryback could whip up a mean bouillabaisse, or creating fashion. Nope, he's a cop in Jefferson Parish, La.
"I've been working as an officer in Jefferson Parish for two decades under most people's radar," said Seagal, "I've 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 - to see the passion and commitment that comes from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in this post-Katrina environment."
As if Deputy Seagal wasn't enough to make you tune in, there's after-hours footage of the man just hangin', like he does:
Until now, Seagal has never sought publicity for his work with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. However, over a span of almost two decades, he has regularly gone out on patrol and worked major cases. The series will allow fans to ride shotgun with Seagal as he and his hand-selected elite team of deputies respond to crimes-in-progress. Then, when Seagal goes off-duty, the cameras will continue following him as he pursues his many ventures - including musical performances and philanthropic efforts - in Jefferson Parish and New Orleans.
To be clear, without ever having seen a second of footage outside this commercial, this is the greatest show ever made. TiVo, consider yourself set on Season Pass, my friend. And I better not find any "Dancing With The Stars" overriding!
Can't wait to watch? Seagal is on Twitter and promises to be chatting about his show - and his music, lifestyle and general awesomeness - so give him a follow. And be patient - December will be here soon enough.