“Live PD” host Dan Abrams is giving fans of the show a glimmer of hope that it could return at some point. The reality TV show that follows around police officers was cancelled by A&E last month amid the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that called for an end to police brutality.
On Monday, Abrams was asked by a fan, “is Live PD coming back? Miss the show so much.”
Abrams replied, “I think A&E is doing what they said in their initial announcement, determining if there’s a ‘pathway’ forward. I hope so and think with some changes it could be an important part of the national discussion. (In the meantime, I’ll have some other non-live pd show news tomorrow).”
In its announcement that the show was being cancelled on June 10, A&E mentioned that it would be looking for some kind of “path forward” for the series.
“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD. Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments,” a statement from the network read.
Abrams made it clear he did not agree with the decision to pull “Live PD” at the time. He wrote on social media that he was “shocked and beyond disappointed about this.” He also said at the time that the whole staff was “committed” to bringing the show back on air at some point. He “assured” fans that the show would “not abandon” them.
“Thank you for making this so much more than a tv show,” he added. “You created a huge community of kind, caring people with whom I hope to stay in touch with in this next chapter.”
“Live PD” was the only police reality show cancelled amid the Black Lives Matter movement. Paramount also announced that it was pulling the long-running “COPS” show.
There was concern among some that the shows encourage police officers to act in ways they might not otherwise behave because they feel a need to play up to the cameras.
These moves to cancel the two cop reality shows came amid a heightened awareness about police brutality and cops’ roles in the community. This was brought about by weeks of demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis.