Arrests may make A&E backpedal

Network shot a pilot with accused motorcycle gang

A&E prides itself on its gritty, street-level reality shows. Now it's gotten involved with an outfit that might be too hardcore even for the home of "Intervention" and "Dog the Bounty Hunter."

The network recently shot a pilot with the controversial Christian motorcycle gang Set Free Soldiers, a group whose leader and six members were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder.

The arrests stem from a July 27 double stabbing that occurred during a barfight between the Anaheim-based group and members of Hells Angels. The bikers were rounded up during a series of raids by SWAT teams and federal drug enforcement agents.

The A&E pilot, working titled "Saints and Sinners," was ordered from production companies the Firm (A&E's "Criss Angel: Mindfreak") and Outfit Media Group.

An A&E spokesperson said the pilot was shot a couple months ago and that the network doesn't believe that any of the bikers involved in the show were among those who were arrested.

Sources said "Saints" centers around a SFS halfway house where bikers reform alcoholics and drug addicts. A&E had hoped the project would make a proper companion for tough-love shows such as "Intervention" and "Dog."

The Los Angeles Times reported that the gang is described on its now-defunct Web site as "a group of men who love Jesus and love to ride hard."

Though no decision has been made on the show, it seems unlikely that A&E will proceed with the project, especially since members of the "Dog" cast have been plagued with legal issues that have drawn negative publicity to that show.