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Paramount Network Cancels ‘Cops’ Show Due to Protests, Riots Against Police Brutality

Paramount Network Cancels ‘Cops’ Show Due to Protests, Riots Against Police Brutality

“Bad boys, bad boys. Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”

Paramount Network canceled the long-running show Cops after 32 years due to protests and riots against police brutality after a white cop allegedly killed George Floyd.

The 33rd season should have debuted on June 1, but the network decided to permanently shelve the show:

Paramount Network’s forerunner, Spike TV, picked up Cops in 2013 after it ended a 25-season run on Fox. The series continued following the 2018 rebranding of the channel as Paramount Network, which also had syndication rights to many past seasons.

Old episodes of Cops currently air on WGN America and the ViacomCBS-owned streaming service Pluto TV. WGN America’s commitment to the show expires at the end of June and the cable network, owned by Nexstar, doesn’t plan to renew it, sources told The Hollywood Reporter. The Pluto TV channel remains active, however.

The show’s 33rd season had been schedule to premiere on Monday, but no episode has aired on Paramount Network since at least June 1 as protests against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement continued across the country.

A&E pulled episodes of its show Live PD last week. A source told The Hollywood Reporter that the network likely will not air new episodes on Friday and Saturday. However, “A&E is still evaluating things.”

Discovery’s ID channel said its show Body Cam “is also off the schedule for the foreseeable future.”

The theme song, though. I remember watching this show with my dad when I was growing up!


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Good. I hated that show. It glorified everything wrong with the police, especially the “I am the law” mentality that some bad cops have.

    guyjones in reply to snopercod. | June 10, 2020 at 11:12 am

    You may hate the show, but, people have a right to watch it, as entertainment, as a diversion; any reason, really.

    When we start censoring creative content based on the sentiments of a vengeful and histrionic mob, then we have ceased to be a free society.

    If the show was pulled due to low ratings, that’s fine, because it’s a market-driven result, produced by consumer sentiment. When the network pulls the show because of mob sentiment, that’s self-censorship and giving in to the heckler’s veto.

      Paul in reply to guyjones. | June 10, 2020 at 11:43 am

      “When we start censoring creative content based on the sentiments of a vengeful and histrionic mob, then we have ceased to be a free society.”

      And this is also true.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to guyjones. | June 10, 2020 at 11:44 am

      Here’s one of the replacement shows. I think it’s called Democrats at the zoo, Or democrats eat each other alive with salsa in their purse, or something like that.

      Via Townhall: Cornel West and civil rights attorney Leo Terrell were supposed to have a civil segment on defunding the police, urban violence, and Democratic incompetence at addressing these issues, but things went off the hinges almost immediately. It was absolute mayhem on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News. Hannity prefaced the segment about the Democrats’ inability to govern, which was interrupted by West. The shouting began almost immediately. Terrell hit back at West for just recycling old Democratic talking points. He then tried to have a discussion with West, “black man to black man,” which West did not take well at all. The two shouted over one another, with Terrell not liking West calling him “brother.”

        Cornell West is a FACADE. He tries to come across as a BROTHER, soft-spoken when in fact he’s just another Liberal professor type. I was taken back by Terrell when he finally showed some sense during the last week.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to guyjones. | June 10, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      Then, I have a “right” to see re-runs of Amos ‘n’ Andy. Care to get that one past the NAACP?

      Please, No one has a “right” to entertainment.

        I think what he meant was that the First Amendment gives the producers the right to say just about anything (with obvious exceptions related to inciting violence, etc).

        And if the producer has the right to make the show, the consumer has the right to watch it.

        Nobody has a “right” to not be offended.

        I refer to a “right,” as in, market-driven decisions, grounded in consumer sentiment. Not TV network programming decisions grounded in mob intimidation and histrionics, merely because a few self-anointed Maoist cultural gatekeepers in the mob are setting editorial and content standards.

        That’s what I am conveying, Grizzly. Pretty fair and uncontroversial sentiment, I think.

      snopercod in reply to guyjones. | June 10, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      COPS was just propaganda intended to condition viewers into believing that whatever an officer tells you instantly becomes “the law” and you must comply with them regardless. I place “Alaska State Troopers” into the same category as COPS. Whoever thought a show about Troopers arresting drunken Eskimos would become popular? The fact that those shows are so popular is the scary thing to me. If I gave anyone the impression that I’m anti-cop, I’m not. I’m anti-bad-cop. I absolutely love the show “Blue Bloods”; Now that’s a GOOD cop show.

      themerlin in reply to guyjones. | June 11, 2020 at 9:32 am

      I don’t look at the show as ENTERTAINMENT! I look at it because it is REALITY showing what kind of thugs and criminals exist and what the police have to put up with in order to enforce the law. It’s not a RACIST program.

    Paul in reply to snopercod. | June 10, 2020 at 11:42 am

    I agree. There is a lot wrong with policing in this country.

    Unfortunately, the progs have completely blown any opportunity for reform by lurching so far left.

    Some things I’d like to see addressed:

    — No knock raids and warrants based on confidential informants
    — Asset Forfeiture
    — Ticketing motivated by revenue generation
    — The inability to get rid of “bad apples” on the force

    EVERYBODY was sickened by what we saw in the death of George Floyd. Some real good could have come from this, but instead the Dims let themselves get hijacked by the Anarchist and Marxist elements in their midst.

    “Defund the Police?” Pure idiocy.

      Andy in reply to Paul. | June 10, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      Not everyone was sickened.

      Those who weren’t just aren’t rioting about.

      It was negligence for not attending to a medical emergency. A guy with a felony record had recently ingested drugs and had a heart condition died of a heart attack after choosing to get into an officers face. The sickening part is George Floyds 10,000 decisions leading up this point.

      So far as the knee on neck, that’s a training issue.

      I wish officer knee on neck had been on the scene of this interview where the black suspect did not die in custody. This sickens me.

      themerlin in reply to Paul. | June 11, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Yes, Chauvin was a bad cop. But so is the Chief, the Mayor and Governor. Chauvin should have been removed a long time ago for his actions. The Chief turned a blind eye or is totally incompetent. Democrats manage if you want to call it that…by exception. The only vision they have is how to stay in office and live off taxpayer dollars.

    Fiftycaltx in reply to snopercod. | June 10, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Look at the bright side. Polls indicate that only about 15% of the population wants to “defund the police”, But the socialists, believing their own propaganda, are going to continue thru with this is areas they rule. Result? More riots and looting on an on-going basis. And the socialist “leaders” like Werner Wilhelm, AOC and the gang of 4 will look around and find they are tied to the “solution” of getting rid of police. And cops will go all Ferguson. IOW, you can rob a bank in front of them and they make a report. Stop a minority? Not for anything. Streets run wild until the public has enough and starts defending themselves. Result, the pendulum swings back the other way. It just depends on whether this is quickly or slowly.

    Connivin Caniff in reply to snopercod. | June 10, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    I agree with you, snopercod. Also, there were too many perps who insisted on not wearing shirts, and looked terrible without them. The whole thing was a revolting slice of life that should have gone straight into the garbage can.

Purges of dissidents, destroying of statues, censoring of opposing viewpoints, physical violence directed at police, ordinary citizens, etc. — the vile, infantile, goose-stepping Dhimmi-crat jackboots have thrown off their faux masks of moderacy and “tolerance” and revealed the ugly totalitarian visages, underneath.

We are in the midst of a full-blown cultural revolution that the American Left has been inciting and preparing for, since the 1960’s, with the Dhimmi-crat radicals toiling mightily over decades to lay the groundwork for this result.

Anyone who believes that these totalitarian antics are motivated by Floyd’s death and are grounded in genuine concern about police misconduct, is naive as hell.

Loved cops.

Simple solution for blacks who want to avoid unpleasant encounters with the police. All they have to do is stop breaking the law.instead of forcing the police to change, there should be a movement among blacks to stop being criminals. Floyd was a felon who was on illegal drugs, attempted to pass counterfeit currency and resisted arrest. If Floyd hadn’t committed these crimes he would still be alive!

    buck61 in reply to ConradCA. | June 10, 2020 at 11:39 am

    It would be an improvement, seems like the ones closest to him can’t even admitthat he was a person with a highly flawed past and was on a cocktail of street drugs. We have no idea if he had fallen dep into drug use or had a recent relaspe. His friends aren’t talking.

    Milhouse in reply to ConradCA. | June 10, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Simple solution for blacks who want to avoid unpleasant encounters with the police. All they have to do is stop breaking the law

    That doesn’t completely work — for anyone, regardless of race. Many of the complaints the protesters have against police behavior are valid — but the false claim that they only behave like that to black people discredits their entire case. Almost all policemen see only one color: Blue. Either you are Blue or Not-Blue, and that’s all that matters to them. Most, of course, behave decently to us Non-Blue, as they should. But the bad cops behave badly to all Non-Blue, and once in a very long while they kill Non-Blue people who are completely innocent. Such as Justine Damond. That’s the victim of Minneapolis Police misconduct in whose name they should be protesting. But of course they’re not, for no other reason than her skin color (and that of the cop who is in prison for shooting her).

      RationalAnarchist in reply to Milhouse. | June 10, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      Cop on black violence isn’t the only thing driving the protests. There are a lot of poor white who know the heavy hand of unthinking thuggery from the cops. The wide spread anger is inevitable in that the police are the attack dogs that enforce the whims and selfaggrandizing plans of the political class. A class that disdains poor white trash almost as much as uppity blacks. The police are thugs because it takes a thug to do the job their political masters require.

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to RationalAnarchist. | June 10, 2020 at 3:54 pm

        You mean the Elitists……. Sniff Sniff……

        the police are the attack dogs that enforce the whims and self aggrandizing plans of the political class.

        Take that Marxist crap away from here. There is no systemic racism or systemic anything. Cops don’t enforce “the whims and self aggrandizing plans of the political class”, they enforce the normal and just laws, like not stealing private property.

Yes, Executives from all the major networks are now looking to program a Lawlessness and Disorder schedule. Perspective shows include Seattle: The American Dystopia, Portland: A Police Free Zone and The John Brown Brigade

Always buy physical DVDs so that the cloud can’t cancel what you own on the cloud.

    Same is true for Kindle and Nook. In fact Amazon has already been caught deleting Kindle books people have paid for:

    Amazon’s excuse in the above link was that the Kindle books in question were uploaded by a company that did not have the legal rights to them. But that incident proves Amazon has the technical ability to delete books you paid for. Does anyone seriously believe Amazon won’t start deleting “racist” books? They already have blocked books written by medical professionals from being uploaded into Amazon if they disagree with their conclusions about the Wuflu.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 10, 2020 at 11:37 am

Hollywood is Dead.

It Arkancided itself.

Law and Order isn’t a pleonasm. They’re two different things, which the cliche conceals. Nobody says Order and Law because it brings out a difference.

    RationalAnarchist in reply to rhhardin. | June 10, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Complicated by the fact that we don’t have Law we have legislation written by lawyers for whom obfuscatory language is a fetish.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 10, 2020 at 11:49 am

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Some jurisdictions have terrible training, policies, regulations and laws. Some are excellent. Having a TV program showcasing these different jurisdictions was interesting, in my opinion. “Cops” gave a little glimpse into a world most people know nothing about. Getting rid of the show is like closing a window with a particular view. Same with pulling certain movies. Burning certain books. Pulling down certain statues. Surrendering to the outrage mob only makes them more outraged, and emboldens them into erasing more history and free thought/speech.

    amatuerwrangler in reply to CKYoung. | June 10, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Yes. First, the cops in the episodes appear to spend a fair amount of time trying to de-escalate things, reason with drunks, and trying to make things right(or “more right”) for victims. This kind of thing being shown to the public probably made it a bit harder to sell the “brutal, jack-booted ” image of the police that the narrative demanded. When people saw that most of the people demanding direct police attention were drunk or on drugs, not to mention unfashionably dressed, they came to a they-had-it-coming point of view. Again, not good for the evil police narrative.

    healthguyfsu in reply to CKYoung. | June 10, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Yep, if anything it is being cancelled because it garnered some empathy for the kind of a-holes that cops have to deal with on a daily basis.

    It’s pretty awful out there in that world. I don’t condone bad policing, but these are fellow humans with families that see god awful garbage acts regularly.

Bad boyz..whatcha gonna do cause they can’t come for you?

C!assic…ban this and ban that. The solution is getting rid of everything that displeases them. Now books and movies. Thought crime is inferred. 1984 is on Pluto….not for !ong…unless they can convince everyone that Trump is Big Brother.

Damn, now all those guys will have to put a shirt on

Never liked cop shows – haven’t watched one regularly since ‘One Adam 12″ or whatever it was.

Dad watched Cops and the Live thing in his room for hours every afternoon – I couldn’t tolerate it for long and often asked him to turn it off or went to visit him at another time. Prefer to watch programs that uplift, teach, honor – Cops ain’t that.

    snopercod in reply to MrE. | June 10, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    “Prefer to watch programs that uplift, teach, honor – Cops ain’t that.” Exactly!

I’m looking forward to the Black Wall Street banker sitcoms

I used to watch “Amos & Andy” when I was a kid.
They were pretty much like “The Honeymooners” with Gleason and “The Flintstones”.
I always figured the Marxists and KKK (now there’s a real partnering) didn’t want Blacks to get the idea of being an entrepreneur was a good idea.

    alaskabob in reply to Neo. | June 10, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    An older Black woman in Chicago was asked whether she liked the Cosby Show. She said it was fake, that no Black was allowed to be a physician.

    Police have to deal with the underbelly of society that the clean and washed never have to rub elbows with. Spend time in a county hospital ER and get a whiff of reality.

      Milhouse in reply to alaskabob. | June 10, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      Seriously, she’d never come across a black doctor?! When was this?

      drednicolson in reply to alaskabob. | June 10, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      I’m of the opinion that Bill Cosby was targeted for a #MeToo lynching because he was an outspoken and respected voice for middle-class black Americans who reject the destructive narrative of entitlement and self-pity that the leftilibrals try to hoist on them. A thought leader of the counter-revolution who had to be destroyed.

It will be interesting when they go after “The Wire.” Omar commin!

I never watched the show. I thought it was realiy show law enforcement. Want to see reality. Join and find out.

Don’t waste any sympathy on Cosby. He was a serial rapist who almost got away with it. His savagery was known in Hollywood but winked at it because he was foolin’ Mr. Charlie.