Live PD, a popular reality show that followed real police officers, is coming back on the air after being canceled during protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody in May 2020.
The A&E show has always been popular, and fans were upset when it was canceled. It had just been renewed for another 160 episodes and was the network’s most popular show.
A&E’s viewership was down 49% a year after canceling the show.
The show will come back as On Patrol: Live and will be carried by Reelz, with original host Dan Abrams back at the helm.
It will feature police on patrol from all around the country.
“This show has become a part of my DNA, and I certainly want a partner who feels the same way,” Abrams said. “Reelz is really excited about this series; they’re committing a lot of their entire network to the series and are going to put their marketing behind it.”
The cancellation was one of several police shows to be canned as the country began to vent its anger toward police for showing bias; Cops was also canceled after 32 seasons, but was brought back in 2021 when the anger began to pass.
Abrams remained committed to the show, and his efforts to revive it finally paid off.
“I was very clear when the show was taken off that I was disappointed in the decision,” Abrams told the publication. “I understood it, but I felt strongly that the show belonged on the air. There were a number of times where I said on social media that I felt that by the end of 2021 the show would be back on the air … but it was really important to find the right partner.”
He acknowledged that there would be some backlash related to the program returning.
“Look, policing is controversial, that’s the point of the show, to show police doing what they do, and what they do can be controversial,” he said. “I’m prepared [for the criticism] and the producers are prepared for it — but, most importantly, people who watched the show regularly are now really excited about this new version.”
It’s good to see people coming back to sense where police are concerned, and to realize that although they are not perfect, we are better off with them than without them.