When Inner Circle’s Bad Boys hit your television screen you knew it was time for COPS. This half an hour series followed law enforcement officers as they answered a variety of calls all over the states. It debuted on FOX in 1989, then moved to Spike TV in 2013. Later the channel was renamed Paramount Network in 2018.
As of June first no episodes of COPS have aired on their network in the wake of the nationwide protests after the police-involved death of George Floyd. Today ViacomCBS has announced that the series would not return altogether. Its 33rd season was scheduled to premiere on Monday. A network spokesperson commented that “Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return.”
In support of the Black Lives Matter movement A&E has also pulled last week’s episodes of Live PD. Discovery ID also followed by removing Body Cam. Past episodes of COPS currently air on WGN America and the streaming service Pluto TV, also owned by ViacomCBS. WGN America’s commitment to the series ends at the end of this month and The Hollywood Reporter claims that Nexstar does not plan on renewing it.
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The Hollywood Reporter is also saying that Paramount Network was moving away from unscripted television anyway. So it was likely COPS was going to be on the chopping block soon. The current nationwide situation probably just sped that decision up.
I was never really a fan of the series. It was something that I would watch if it was already on the television. Any fans of COPS? Or any people that hated it? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter