A&E network cancels ‘Live PD’ in the wake of anti-police protests

A top-rated television show has just been taken off the air for good, yet another casualty of cancel culture.

Deadline reports that the A&E network and MGM’s Big Fish Entertainment have made the decision to permanently end popular docuseries Live PD, as protesters continue to call for police reform following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD,” the network explained, according to Deadline. “Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments.”

Pulled, then dropped

Debuting in 2016, Live PD has become one of cable television’s most-watched programs. It became especially popular during the coronavirus pandemic and the associated absence of televised sporting events, drawing some 3 million viewers each weekend, according to Deadline.

Every Friday and Saturday evening, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., viewers would tune in to watch television crews follow police officers from departments across the country as they went about their daily patrols.

The show, however, was recently put on hiatus in the aftermath of Floyd’s death — and now, the network has decided to make the change a permanent one.

Host expresses shock, disappointment

Show host Dan Abrams offered his own reaction to the news Wednesday, explaining his own personal frustration.

Shocked [and] beyond disappointed about this,” he wrote in a tweet. “To the loyal #LivePDNation please know I, we, did everything we could to fight for you, and for our continuing effort at transparency in policing. I was convinced the show would go on… More to come.”

A day earlier, Abrams had told fans that the show would indeed return from hiatus and be back on the airwaves soon.

To all of you asking whether #LivePD coming back… The answer is yes,” he tweeted. “All of us associated with the show are as committed to it as ever. We are still discussing some specifics but I want to assure the #LivePDNation that we are not abandoning you.”

Another one gone

The news of Live PD’s cancellation comes after another popular television series featuring police officers was eliminated. A day earlier, Paramount Network announced that it was doing away with its own long-running law enforcement reality program, Cops, according to Deadline.

While these networks have explained their decisions by making vague references to the current protests and widespread calls for police reform, one thing seems clear — the loyal fans of these shows will surely be angered by the willingness of far too many in the media to unquestioningly cave to the mob.

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