Rob Lowe has gone from Brat Pack bad boy to esteemed Emmy-nominated cast member of television’s The West Wing, to comedic standout on Parks and Recreation. However, in the new trailer for A&E’s upcoming series The Lowe Files, he (joined by his two sons,) embraces a new role: Ghost Hunter.
The Lowe Files sees Rob Lowe take a reality show detour, embracing the prevalent, night-vision-fixated genre of ghost/monster-hunting that dominates cable television, traveling around the country investigating cryptozoic quarries like Bigfoot and the Wood Ape, as well as standard haunting spirits, various urban legends and even a base connected to aliens (minus any help from Giorgio Tsoukalos). However, while the nomenclature of the “reality” genre often proves figurative, Lowe didn’t choose his cohorts in some audition with hammy actors, rather, he took his own two sons, Matthew and Josh Owen, for a bit of onscreen bonding that (unlike most “reality” shows,) is undoubtedly authentic.
Upon watching The Lowe Files trailer, which showcases a man and his two sons hunting scary things across the country to the soundtrack of 1970s rock classics (in this case, Blue Öyster Cult’s 1976 hit “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper,”) and you’d be hard pressed not to think of The CW’s mainstay series Supernatural, especially its first season when young adult brothers Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) tackled some hunter cases with their father John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), living out their iconic declaration of “Saving people, hunting things. The family business.” Indeed, the Lowes seem to be doing their own version of that mission. – Pertinently, former Supernatural actor Chad Lindberg (the mulleted hacker Ash,) also hosted a similar ghost-hunting show called Ghost Stalkers, which ran for one season in fall 2014.
The Lowe Files, produced by Critical Content for A&E Network, is a reality offering that might raise the ire of fans of the cable outlet’s diminished peak television focus, which has steadily seen popular scripted shows like The Glades, Damien and Longmire get cancelled (with the latter saved by Netflix,) in lieu of more cost-effective reality programming; an initiative cemented by the recent series conclusion of the popular Bates Motel. Star Rob Lowe serves as executive producer, joined by A&E’s Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Devon Hammonds.
The Lowe Files will see Rob Lowe go from Brat Pack to Scooby Gang when the series debuts on A&E on August 2 at 10 p.m.