A&E renews 'Steven Seagal: Lawman'

7:00 PM PST 02/18/2010 by James Hibberd, AP

Network orders 16 episodes for docudrama's second season

Steven Seagal's A&E reality show is getting a sequel.

The network has renewed "Steven Seagal: Lawman" for a second season. A&E is picking up 16 episodes of the docudrama from ITV Studios and Steamroller Prods., an increase from the first season's 13.

Seagal and his Sheriffs Department colleagues again will protect the people of New Orleans, but this time the production filmed during Mardi Gras.

"It presents some unique challenges to the police force and Seagal; there's such a high volume of people you never quite know what you're going to get," said Robert Sharenow, who executive produces the series with Seagal, John X. Kim, Phillip B. Goldfine and Neil A. Cohen

Season 1 of "Lawman" was a success for the network, averaging 2.1 million viewers and 1.3 million adults 18-49, making it A&E's best freshman performance by an original series in total viewers.

The Zen-preaching, martial-arts boasting Seagal distinguished the show from the usual police procedural, with some viewers perceiving it as camp. Sharenow, however, said the producers play it straight.

"The show is very straightforward when they're intervening during crimes -- there's no nudging wink at the audience," he said. "Steven's just got this funny, dry sense of humor."
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