With his seeming inability to visibly age, it's sometimes hard to believe that Rob Lowe is now in his 50s, and has been a fixture in Hollywood for over 30 years. Lowe of course first gained widespread fame for his years as part of the 80s "brat pack," appearing in such films as The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, and About Last Night.
In more recent years, Lowe has made the move from film to TV, starring in such acclaimed series as The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters, and Parks and Recreation. Lowe also memorably played the recurring role of Eddie Nero on Showtime's Californication, a perpetually inebriated, gratuitously sexed-up caricature of a Hollywood actor that in many ways seemed like a satire of his own public image as a younger man.
When it comes to acting, Lowe has pretty much done it all. One thing he hasn't done -- at least not on camera -- is investigate the supernatural. Then again, there's never really been reason to expect him to do that, until now. TV Line reports that Lowe is set to headline a new A&E documentary series entitled The Lowe Files, featuring the actor and his sons Matthew and John Owen teaming up to "investigate unsolved legends and eerie age-old stories on a bonding family adventure years in the making."
On the surface, this seems like an odd move for the elder Lowe, as he's never at a loss for work, currently starring in CBS drama Code Black. Still, it would appear that mysterious phenomena is a long-term interest of his, judging by the following statement:
"Since I was a kid, I’ve loved unexplained legends, strange phenomena and the scary, supernatural stories told around campfires. When I became a father, I shared those tales with my two sons. Together we bonded over Bigfoot, UFOs, and every creepy and bizarre story we could find, passionately debating if they were real… or not. And we swore that someday the three of us would go on our own adventure to find out. That day has come."
The Lowe Files' first season will consist of nine episodes, and premiere sometime this summer. Interestingly, the set-up of a father and two sons tracking down the unexplained bears a striking resemblance to the premise of long-running CW drama Supernatural, which heads into its 13th season later this year. No word yet on what Hollywood buddies Lowe might eventually enlist to be his personal equivalent of Crowley and Castiel.
Source: TV Line
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