THR- Paramount Network has pulled the plug on Cops for good. The ViacomCBS-owned cabler had removed the long-running show from its schedule in the wake of nationwide protests following the police-involved death of George Floyd on May 25. Now, the network says it's dropping the show altogether.
"Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return," a network spokesperson said. 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.
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.
I have to say that if you asked me an hour ago if Cops was about to be cancelled after 33 seasons or had been cancelled 33 seasons ago, I probably would have said the latter since every Cops I ever watched felt like it was filmed at some point of the 80s. Likely because most of the episodes were filmed in the sticks of Florida.
But apparently that's not the case, which is probably a huuuuuuuge bummer for people that still watch Cops. I imagine is people without a jobs, kids, or a general direction in life. I know I fit into all three of those three categories when I got roughly 100% of my Cops consumption in. Not that I didn't learn some stuff during that time, namely that a toothless redneck named Jimbo that swears he doesn't have meth may actually be lying and will run away from the cops the minute they scan his license.
Anyway, no matter what you thought about the show Cops, there is no denying that it had a first ballot Hall of Fame theme song by Inner Circle, whose album I randomly ended up paying full price for with courtesy of forgetting to cancel my Columbia House subscription back in the 90s.
Also don't you DARE call Inner Circle a one hit wonder because their other hit "Sweat" is just as much of a banger as Bad Boys, if not more so.