The long-running unscripted series Cops will return for a 33rd season this fall, after being greenlit by Fox Nation.
Produced by Langley Productions, the debut on Oct. 1 will include four new episodes, with weekly installments released every Friday night afterwards.
The ride-along unscripted series, which first premiered in 1989 on Fox, was first canceled in 2013 before being picked up by Spike TV, which relaunched as the Paramount Network in 2018. But in 2020, the Paramount Network pulled the series as protests escalated across the U.S. and around the world after a police officer murdered George Floyd last May. Four months after being canceled by the ViacomCBS-owned Paramount Network, Cops returned to field production last October.
“Cops is one of the most iconic brands on television with an incredibly passionate fan base. We wanted to show our appreciation to all first responders by combining the launch with a free one-year subscription to give back in a small way to those who place their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” Klarman said in a news release.
Cops joins other first responder-themed programming on Fox Nation that includes 911: On Scene, a ride-along show with first responders from different agencies; When Seconds Count, a special showcasing rescue footage, featuring the rescuers and victims involved; Protect and Serve, which spotlights good deeds and positive interactions police officers perform; and Answer the Call, a special that focuses on the children of fallen first responders.
Fox Nation will offer all first responders, including police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics a one-year free subscription beginning on Sept. 13. Fox Nation also announced plans to donate US$5 to Answer the Call for each new subscriber during the week of Sept. 13, with a maximum donation of $50,000. Answer the Call is a non-profit providing financial support to the families of New York City first responders killed in the line of duty.