The hit series was canceled following the murder of George Floyd and a separate revelation showing destroyed footage of a man dying in police custody in 2019.
“Live PD” is back, just with a different name and on a different network. Host and executive producer Dan Abrams will return for this new iteration, retitled “On Patrol: Live” and streaming on Reelz.
Former A&E hit series “Live PD” was canceled in June 2020 amid protests following the killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Simultaneously, the show faced major controversy when it came out that in 2019, “Live PD” filmed – and ultimately destroyed – footage of a dead man in custody.
At the time, the producers expressed regret over the destruction of unaired footage, but explained that it was standard practice to do so after the investigation into the incident was closed. In addition to the video captured by the “Live PD” cameras, footage was also available to investigators via the police officers’ body cameras.
IndieWire asked a spokesperson for the producers of “On Patrol: Live” if the internal policy regarding retention (and non-retention) of footage has changed for this version of the program. We did not receive an immediate response.
“Live PD” was by far A&E Network’s highest-rated show before its abrupt cancellation. The series has frequently topped all cable in its Saturday night time slot and has at times reached nearly 2.5 million viewers on a Friday night.
The cancellation of “Live PD” followed Paramount Network’s own cancellation of the longtime “Cops.” At the time, civil rights organizations targeted reality shows like “Live PD” that featured the daily actions of law enforcement.
“On Patrol: Live,” which is technically a working title, will premiere this summer. The live show will air again on Friday and Saturday nights, from 9 p.m. ET to midnight ET on Reelz. “On Patrol: Live” will be produced by Half Moon Pictures, a new production arm under the banner of “Live PD” producer Big Fish Entertainment. Half Moon focuses on crime and investigative content.
“Law enforcement is at the center of the national discussion, and we hope that showing the work of police officers live will give viewers direct access to the work they do,” Abrams said in a press release announcing the return. “I am thrilled that our team is finally reunited and thrilled that Reelz has committed to making this show the center of their network.”
Abrams will host the live show alongside Sgt. Sean “Sticks” Larkin, a retired Tulsa Police Department lieutenant with nearly 25 years of service, and Deputy Sheriff Curtis Wilson, the Division Commander of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in Columbia, South Carolina. Both were Larkin and Wilson were veterans of A&E’s “Live PD”.
The police departments and sheriff’s offices featured on “On Patrol: Live” will be announced in the coming weeks, the producers and Reelz said in this morning’s press release.
In addition to cop work, “On Patrol: Live” will also feature local residents going for rides and invite those citizens into the studio to share their experiences “all in an effort to promote transparency,” the statement said. hurry. . “Transparency” was a main theme of the ad, which also included a quote from the division commander of the Lawrence Police Department in Lawrence, Indiana (so, maybe this one for “On Patrol: Live”) , as well as a member of a volunteer community group “established to increase professional skills and public accountability at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department” in South Carolina.
“We’ve been in contact with Half Moon for some time and strongly believe that Reelz is the perfect home for ‘On Patrol: Live,’ which will add to our network as a cornerstone of our commitment to commissioning brands. see original programming,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of Reelz, in the release. “With the collective talent assembled, we know we are working with the best and most experienced team to produce this type of series and together we will do everything in our power to earn the trust and loyalty of the delighted viewers of this show.”
Hubbard and Reelz have committed to a “meaningful” episode guarantee, according to the press release.