Unscripted

A&E greenlights live ride-along series “Live PD”

A&E Network has ordered a new docuseries set to provide viewers with a live look into America’s busiest police forces. Produced by Big Fish Entertainment, Live PD (8 x 120 minutes) ...
October 3, 2016


A&E Network has ordered a new docuseries set to provide viewers with a live look into America’s busiest police forces.

Produced by Big Fish Entertainment, Live PD (8 x 120 minutes) will allow viewers to ride along in real time with six diverse police departments from across the U.S. in a bid to offer a transparent look at law enforcement work. Through dash cams, along with fixed rig and handheld cameras, the series aims to capture the work of both urban and rural police forces on a typical Friday night.

Dan Abrams (pictured), who currently serves as the chief legal analyst for ABC News will provide audiences with insight into what they’re viewing in real time, while offering an inside look at each live incident. Joining Abrams are detectives Rich Emberlin and Kevin Jackson, who’ve been partners for more than 20 years, working together in patrol, SWAT, criminal intelligence, andthe  dignitary protection squad for the Dallas Police Department.

David Doss, former news exec producer at CNN, ABC and NBC, serves as showrunner for the series.

Big Fish’s Dan Cesareo, David Doss, George McTeague, Kara Kurcz and John Zito serve as exec producers on the series. For A&E, exec producers include Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Sean Gottlieb.

The series will premiere on Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on tape delay due to the potential of capturing “intense and possibly disturbing content.”

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for Live PD.

“Every day the demands for more transparency in law enforcement continues to come from both civilians and police across the country,” said Robert Sharenow, EVP and GM of A&E and Lifetime, in a statement. “Live PD will not only highlight the difficult work being done by our men and women in uniform as they go out into the streets never knowing what to expect, but also answers citizens’ calls for clarity.”

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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