Cop related TV shows are currently under scrutiny amid the protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
The long-running TV reality series “Cops” has been canceled by Paramount network despite the fact that a new season was scheduled to begin airing this week.
Cops, which has been on television for 33 seasons since 1989, has been cancelled. https://t.co/KN893fpWiq
— Isaac Fitzgerald🤞🏻🖤 (@IsaacFitzgerald) June 9, 2020
“Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return,” a network spokesperson said.
Paramount Network’s forerunner, Spike TV, picked up Cops in 2013 after it ended a 25-season run on Fox. The series continued following the 2018 rebranding of the channel as Paramount Network; it also had syndication rights to many past seasons.
The show’s 33rd season had been schedule to premiere on Monday, but no episode has aired on Paramount Network since at least June 1 as protests against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement continued across the country. A&E also pulled last week’s episodes of Live PD — which also follows officers on patrol, albeit in real time — but as of publication time new episodes of the show, A&E’s most popular series, were still slated to air on Friday and Saturday.
Another popular cop related reality TV show “Live PD”, which airs on A&E, has been postponed as protests across the country continue to take place.
A&E on June 5 pulled last weekend’s episodes of its hit docuseries Live PD amid continued nationwide protests over Floyd’s death. The network is still evaluating the right time to bring it back though a return this weekend appears unlikely at the moment.