What occurs when actuality tv is overtaken by actual occasions? That’s a query that the powers that be at a pair of cable networks are presently coping with. As protests against police brutality unfold across the nation — and around the globe — and the police response to a few of them reinforces the problems being protested, some have concluded that now may not be one of the best time to roll out new episodes of police-themed actuality reveals.
As Justin Curto writes at Vulture, new episodes of both Cops and Live PD have been delayed within the wake of latest protests. Both are long-running applications, however viewers hoping to catch a glimpse of both may want to wait a bit longer — or, in a minimum of one case, rather a lot longer:
… Paramount Network will delay the supposed June eight season 33 premiere of the flagship police documentary present Cops, whereas A&E will maintain again on new episodes of its present Live PD, beforehand set to air its 300th episode on June 6. Paramount has taken down all materials associated to Cops on its web site and hasn’t detailed additional plans for the collection.
As Michael Schneider notes at Variety, it’s potential that this could possibly be the top of the road for Cops. In latest years, the present has come beneath heavy criticism for its depiction of police work. The launch of the podcast Running from Cops in 2019 raised questions on its veracity and its morality.
Writing in The New York Times final yr, Jack Healy noted that the podcast
… means that the present places a disproportionate deal with drug arrests and presents an uncritical view as officers bodily subdue folks, in a single case showcasing the usage of a stun gun by an officer who was additionally seen on body-camera footage gorgeous a person 11 instances.
With that in thoughts, it’s not arduous to see why the long term of Cops is perhaps at an finish — or why, if it does return, its viewers could also be tremendously lowered.
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