Whatcha gonna do when they cancel you?
That’s the end of the road for Cops, the long-running reality series that follows police officers on the streets of the United States. Paramount Network has decided to not only take it off air, but to not renew it for more seasons in future.
“Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return,” is the statement from Paramount Network.
It’s a big move to cancel the series, which has enjoyed strong enough ratings to warrant renewals since it was first launched on Fox back in 1989. It’s not a surprising turn of events, however, as questionable police brutality is in the spotlight around the world following the killing of George Floyd.
Variety broke the news, reporting that Cops has been proving more and more controversial in recent years due its depiction of police and the way production has been handled. Ever wondered how they get to show so many people and their run-ins with the law? As per Variety, a buzzed-about 2019 podcast titled Running from the Cops, from Dan Taberski, delved into how “people were coerced into signing waivers and how production allows police to edit and remove anything that might paint them in a negative light.”
Cops isn’t the only show of its kind pulled off the air in the US. A&E has decided to take down Live PD, although there’s no word yet if that show is all-out cancelled. It would be a big deal if it is completely axed, as Live PD has been the number one show on US cable for Friday and Saturday nights.