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A&E prides itself on its gritty, street-level reality shows.Now it’s gotten involved with an outfit that might be too hardcoreeven for the home of “Intervention” and “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
The network has been developing a reality show with the controversial Christianmotorcycle gang Set Free Soldiers, a group whose leader and sixmembers were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attemptedmurder.
The arrests stem from a July 27 double stabbing that occurredduring a barfight between the Anaheim-based group and members ofHells Angels. The bikers were rounded up during a series of raidsby SWAT teams and federal drug enforcement agents.
The A&E project, working titled “Saints and Sinners,” was orderedfrom production companies the Firm (A&E’s “Criss Angel:Mindfreak”) and Outfit Media Group.
An A&E spokesperson said a pilot was shot a couple months agoand that the network doesn’t believe that any of the bikersinvolved in the show were among those who were arrested.
Sources said “Saints” centers around a SFS halfway house wherebikers reform alcoholics and drug addicts. A&E had hoped theproject 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 itsnow-defunct Web site as “a group of men who love Jesus and love toride hard.”
Though no decision has been made on the show, it seems unlikelythat A&E will proceed with the project, especially sincemembers of the “Dog” cast have been plagued with legal issues thathave drawn negative publicity to that show.
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