Following the murder of George Floyd last year, the Paramount Network brutally canceled the law enforcement reality series Cops. Now the show has found a new home.
Fox Nation, a subscription streaming service owned by Fox News Media, has given the green light for the return of the controversial series, which will launch its 33rd season on October 1, the company said on Monday.
“COPS is one of television’s most iconic brands with an incredibly passionate fan base, ”Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation, said in a statement.
In addition, Klarman said the company would show its gratitude to first responders by offering them a free one-year subscription to the streaming service, saying it was a way to “give back a little bit to those who put their lives in. danger every day to keep us safe. “
The show will begin its reboot with four episodes at a time, then episodes will air weekly on Fridays. Fox Nation also picked up an additional 15 episodes from the 32nd season.
The cops premiered on the Fox Network in 1989, giving viewers a seamless glimpse into law enforcement life as film crews captured police answering calls, going on patrol, and, of course, making arrests – the everything on live TV.
In 2013, the Fox network canceled the show after 25 seasons, but The cops eventually moved to the Paramount network.
After nationwide protests over Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police, Paramount pulled the show off its lineup in 2020.
Shows similar to The cops were also the subject of controversy, which led to their abrupt cancellation.
Popular A&E TV Show PD live was also taken from the air after new details emerged of the arrest of Javier Ambler, a black man who died during his arrest by law enforcement in Austin, Texas, in 2019.
“It is a critical moment in the history of our country and we have made the decision to stop production on PD live,A&E Network said in a statement last year.