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Rob Lowe And His Kids To Look For Ghosts, Aliens In New Reality Series

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Rob Lowe, your favorite paranormal investigator. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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File this one under "Why Not?"

According to USA Today, actor Rob Lowe and his two sons, Matthew Edward (23 years old) and John Owen (21), will star in a new A&E unscripted series called The Lowe Files, in which the trio will travel the U.S. in search of the paranormal.

It'll be just like Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine, but with that guy from St. Elmo's Fire.

As Lowe explained in a press release, this is as much a family bonding moment as it is a hunt for extraterrestrials. “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,” said Lowe in a press release. "And we swore that someday the three of us would go on our own adventure to find out. That day has come.”

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Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming at A&E, went even deeper with the father-son angle. “Their explorations will certainly lead them to dynamic and exciting places, but a nostalgic journey for a father and his sons is what’s at the heart of the series’ underlying mission," Bryant said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

So it'll kinda be like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but with that guy from St. Elmo's Fire.

A&E had signed off on nine episodes so far. According to Deadline, episodes include one that will see the trio investigate an "alien base" that's located 2,000 underwater off the coast of Malibu, and another one that has them team up with a shaman to explore Preston Castle, a former California reform school that's rumored to be haunted.

Hey, this sounds a little like a reality version of Jonny Quest, but with that guy from St. Elmo's Fire.

All of this sounds great. Though we'd also like to see Lowe tackle some material that's a little more....out there? As noted by our Gothamist co-hort Ben Yakas, "Lowe" lends itself to a cornucopia of scintillating possibilities:

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The Lowe Files is set to premiere this summer on A&E, though the exact date has yet to be announced.