‘Cops’ resumes production, but new episodes won’t air in U.S.

The sheriff’s office in Spokane County, Washington confirmed the long-running series has returned to that area to film new episodes


Joey Morona
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — “Cops” has resumed production, just don’t expect the show to air in the U.S.

The sheriff’s office in Spokane County, Washington confirmed the long-running series has returned to that area to film new episodes.

“Two COPS film crews are riding with Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Spokane Valley Deputies throughout their shifts,” the department said in a press release. “We have a longstanding relationship with COPS and Langley productions, and we are pleased they have decided to return, highlighting the outstanding work our Deputies provide to all of you.”

Back in June, Paramount Network pulled the show in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The reality show, which premiered March 11, 1989, on Fox, gave viewers a gritty window into the work of police officers on patrol in various cities. But the series was often criticized for glorifying police while presenting a racially skewed view of violent crime.

Paramount Network canceled “Cops” just prior to the show’s 33rd season premiere and has no plans to bring it back. The show’s producers told The Hollywood Reporter the new episodes are being produced to fulfill commitments in global markets where the show is still on the air.

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