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“Cops” back in production, but no plans for U.S. broadcast

The long-running reality series Cops has returned to field production four months after being canceled by ViacomCBS-owned basic cable channel Paramount Network. In a September 30 release, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office revealed ...
October 2, 2020

The long-running reality series Cops has returned to field production four months after being canceled by ViacomCBS-owned basic cable channel Paramount Network.

In a September 30 release, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office revealed that it’s back on the road with Langley Productions. Langley, the prodco behind the storied Cops franchise, produced 32 seasons of the reality series before Paramount Network opted out of a new season.

The Sheriff’s Office says that two Cops film crews have been riding with Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Spokane Valley Deputies throughout their shifts, and will continue to do so through November.

Noted Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, “Shows like Cops highlight the work of law enforcement. They show, even for a few minutes, what the men and women out protecting our communities deal with day in and day out. People need to see how quickly things can turn, the decisions that need to be made quickly, and how well Deputies and Officers adjust and respond appropriately.”

A spokesperson for Langley Productions told online media outlet Deadline that the show is being producing for international territories only, with no plans for them to air in the U.S. The company also told The Hollywood Reporter, through its spokesperson, that the episodes were being filmed to fulfill obligations for territories outside of the U.S. still airing the series.

The ride-along series was initially pulled by the ViacomCBS network earlier this summer as protests escalated across much of the U.S. and around the world following the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 25.

The series follows city police officers and county sheriff’s deputies, sometimes backed up by state troopers or other state agencies, during patrols, calls for service, and other police activities.

Cops first premiered on Fox in 1989. It was later canceled by the network in 2013 and subsequently picked up by Spike TV, which relaunched as Paramount Network in 2018. The show’s 33rd season was scheduled to premiere June 8.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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