‘Live PD’ to patrol again: Reelz picks up new version of popular series
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Currently using the working title of “On Patrol: Live,” the show has been picked up by Reelz. Abrams, who is also chief legal analyst for ABC News and host of “Dan Abrams Live” on NewsNation, will host.
“Live PD” originally aired on A&E, where it was a significant success and spurred spinoffs.
However, a scandal erupted after it was revealed the “Live PD” crew allegedly captured the death of a Black man while following Austin, Texas, officers and that footage ended up being deleted.
Combined with increasing national attention on deaths in law enforcement custody, A&E dropped the series. The new series has previewed some ways it plans to attempt to address these issues, which include opportunities for citizens to participate in “ride-alongs” and “on-set” guests.
Like with “Live PD,” the new series is expected to follow teams of officers from around the country simultaneously, dipping into feeds as events unfold. The partner law enforcement agencies are yet to be announced.
The show also tapes segments that aren’t aired live to use when there is nothing of significant interest occurring on the live feeds.
Plans call for the show to air from 9 p.m. eastern to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Reelz has reportedly given the production company, behind the new series and “Live PD,” Big Fish Entertainment, a “significant” episode guarantee, according to Variety.
Switching to Reelz is a significant downgrade for the show — A&E is a widely available and name brand cable network whereas Reelz isn’t available in nearly as many homes. Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, Reelz typically airs a blend of celebrity scandal films, series and documentaries along with repeats of true crime series “Snapped” from Oxygen.
Reelz is available from, among other providers, DirecTV, Dish, Comcast Xfinity and Sling.
Its content is available on demand via Amazon Fire TV, Prime Video, Roku, Pluto TV, Xumo, Tubi, Local Now and Freevee, among other free streaming platforms and services,