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Popular reality television show “Cops,” which centers around the lives of police officers, was canceled on Tuesday, just weeks before It was scheduled to premiere its 33rd season

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According to the Washington Post, “Cops”, the popular reality show centered around the lives of police officers, was canceled on Tuesday, just weeks before It was scheduled to premiere it’s 33rd season. The show was canceled amid widespread protests against racism and police brutality initiated by the death of George Floyd. “Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return,” a spokesperson for the show’s current network said in a statement. The Paramount Network, formerly Spike TV and owned by ViacomCBS, picked up “Cops” in 2013 following its cancellation at Fox. ~

The documentary-style show gave an inside look at the day-to-day lives of law enforcement officers and marked one of the earliest forays into reality TV. Reviews of the show’s early seasons predicted that audiences would love the formula, and “Cops” would go on to run for more than 30 years, enticing loyal viewers with tense scenes of foot chases, prostitution busts, and drug-house raids. As the show became more popular, social justice advocates said that the very elements of the show that fans loved (raw footage and action-packed arrests) glorified officers, normalized questionable police tactics, and reinforced racial stereotypes. Fans of the show, however, predominantly do not support these claims (New York Times). ~

Fans of the show were enraged by Paramount’s move to cancel the show, as one fan stated on Twitter, “What does [this] have to do with #GeorgeFloyd? That show has been on since the 80s! Are we going to tear apart everything that made this country great?” However, the cancellation was widely praised by critics of the show. “Crime TV plays a significant role in advancing distorted representations of crime, justice, race & gender within culture & #Cops led the way, pushing troubling implications for generations of viewers,” Arisha Michelle Hatch, vice president and chief of campaigns at Color of Change, said on Twitter. Similar shows including “Live PD” on A&E, which follows police in real time, and “Body Cam” on Discovery’s ID channel also have had episodes pulled by their respective networks recently, according to the Hollywood Reporter. ~

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