Inside A&E’s ‘Live PD’ Cancellation – and Could the Show Ever Come Back?

“Live PD” cameras have recorded “12 to 15” fatalities over four years, person with knowledge of production tells TheWrap

A&E’s abrupt Wednesday cancellation of “Live PD” — the network’s top-rated show — came during a “perfect storm,” an individual with knowledge of the situation said, as the explosion of protests following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers prompted a culture shift in how the nation views law enforcement in real life and on TV.

Civil rights organizations began targeting reality programs like “Live PD” that showcased the day-to-day actions of law enforcement, reinforcing what the network insider called a “cancel culture” climate that led Paramount Network to give its own long-running series “Cops” the ax earlier this week.

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Tony Maglio

Tony Maglio

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