A&E pulled Live PD from its weekend schedule in lieu of the nationwide protests. Protestors across the country took to the streets in response to George Floyd’s death. The true crime series typically airs on Friday and Saturday nights. Instead, the network will air episodes of Live Rescue in its place.
The decision to pull Live PD comes after protests over police brutality continue. Three Minnesota police officers were involved in the death of George Floyd. His death has shined a light on police brutality and racial injustice. Host Dan Abrams made the announcement on Twitter on Friday, June 5.
New episodes of Live PD will not air this weekend
On Friday, June 5, the Live PD host announced that the show will not air this weekend. A&E made this decision alongside the police departments the network follows. In addition, the network released a statement.
— Dan Abrams (@danabrams) June 5, 2020
“Out of respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives, in consultation with the departments we follow, and in consideration for the safety of all involved, we have made the decision not to broadcast ‘Live PD’ this weekend,” A&E said in its statement on Friday, per The Wrap.
The reality series was ready to air two new episodes on Friday and Saturday. The series includes live, raw footage from police departments in various cities. Abrams and former officers Tom Morris Jr. and Sean “Sticks” Larkin provide commentary.
Live PD became a massive hit for the network since its premiere in October 2016. The show became a nationwide sensation. It also led to Live PD Nation, which is known as the show’s dedicated viewers. As the show increased in popularity, A&E expanded its universe. Live PD is the No. 1 cable series on Friday and Saturday nights.
However, the show had to take a break due to the COVID-19 production shutdown. It returned to its regularly scheduled time slot in April. However, Abrams and his fellow co-hosts still had to film from home rather than A&E studios.
Cops pulled amid George Floyd protests
Live PD isn’t the only show that’s on hold. Paramount Network made a similar decision to delay the premiere of Season 33 of Cops. The long-running unscripted series also shows footage of police officers patrolling the nation. The new season was originally scheduled to return on Monday, June 8, per Variety.
But the show is no longer on the channel’s lineup. In addition, the show page is no longer on the Paramount Network website. The show is no longer mentioned on the website. Additionally, Paramount Network did not release a statement on the fate of the show. It also appears that the network doesn’t have future plans for a new season of Cops.
Earlier this week, each of the company’s cable networks went dark for eight minutes and 46 seconds – the same amount of time that the Minneapolis police officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck. Cops debuted in 1989 and was one of the originals of live police footage. But it has received controversy for how it shows law enforcement, as well as its questionable practices.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Cops’ fate will come to an end? What do you think of A&E pulling Live PD from its lineup? Sound off below in the comments section.
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