Watch Rob Lowe Go Shirtless And Hunt Ghosts In Trailer For His A&E Reality Series

Rob Lowe is a veteran of the small screen, known for dramatic roles on shows like The West Wing and Brothers & Sisters as well as comedic roles on shows like Parks and Recreation and The Grinder. Soon, he'll star in a series unlike anything he's ever done. Rob Lowe and his sons have joined forces with A&E for The Lowe Files, which will take the family across the country to investigate notorious unsolved mysteries in what sounds like a reality TV version of The X-Files. The first trailer for the Lowe Files series premiere has hit the web, and it features a side of Rob Lowe we've never seen before. Take a look!

Looks like the Lowe family vacations were pretty one-of-a-kind! Rob Lowe evidently spent a lot of time with his sons when they were young trying to answer unanswered questions together. Now, they'll be taking up their investigations all over again, but this time they'll be on camera. The premiere will see the Lowe boys traveling to Ione, California, where they'll visit a a former boys' reformatory called Preston Castle. Built in the 1800s, it has since been condemned. According to stories, the historical landmark is the home of vengeful spirits.

Rob, Matthew, and John Owen Lowe will attempt to figure out what's going on in Preston Castle. Rob enlists the help of his personal shaman -- which is apparently a thing -- to try and make contact with the spirit of a murder victim whose energy still lingers. Judging by the footage in the trailer from the premiere, the Lowe boys will be going shirtless outdoors as part of some kind of ceremony, presumably to summon the murder victim's spirit. Whether or not they will be successful remains to be seen, but I already give them an A for effort. I'm not sure I'd've been on board with being painted by a shaman, and I say that as a lifelong X-Files fan.

That said, the Lowes will be doing more in The Lowe Files than consulting a shaman. They'll conduct sophisticated investigations with the latest in science, hi-tech monitoring equipment, and training so that they are experts in the fields they're covering. In addition to visiting Preston Castle, they'll investigate what is purported to be an underwater alien base off the coast of Malibu, the wilderness in pursuit of Bigfoot, and others. They'll even meet with a government operative to learn Remote Viewing, a.k.a. a method for identifying images from across great distances. All things considered, The Lowe Files looks like a wild ride of reality television, although it definitely looks less bizarre than Rob Lowe's KFC commercial.

You can catch the very first episode of The Lowe Files on Wednesday, August 2 at 10 p.m. ET on A&E. Swing by our summer TV guide and our 2017 Netflix schedule for what you can watch in the meantime.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).