“Live PD” is coming back to television… sort of, as the show has a new name, and a few changes.
“On Patrol: Live” is the name for the new show, which will air on the REELZ network, but you’ll recognize a lot of the names involved, and the overall concept.
“Hosting and executive producing ON PATROL: LIVE is Dan Abrams, CEO and Founder of Abrams Media, host of Dan Abrams Live on NewsNation, Chief Legal Analyst for ABC News, and former host of Live PD,” REELZ said in a press release. “Joining Abrams is Sgt. Sean “Sticks” Larkin, retired Tulsa Police Department lieutenant with nearly 25 years of service, and Deputy Sheriff Curtis Wilson, Division Commander with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in Columbia, SC.”
If that all sounds a little familiar, so will the description of what’s happening on air.
“Live on set every Friday and Saturday night, the trio will provide viewers minute-by-minute live analysis and context, offering unique insight into the experiences of the men and women of law enforcement appearing on the show.”
It’s essentially the same concept as the now cancelled “Live PD” show that A&E put an end to in June of 2020, after public fallout from a leaked incident where producers destroyed footage of an encounter between police and a Texas man, that ultimately led to the man’s death.
This was in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, and national protests were taking place.
The new show keeps most of the same concepts as the original, but also adds a couple new elements, including “Citizen Ride-Alongs” and “Citizens On-Set,” which will both get members of the communities featured on the show involved in the direct police work being done.
“A live policing show like this provides an unfiltered, unvarnished look at what police officers are doing on a daily and nightly basis across America,” said Captain Tracey Cantrell, Division Commander with the Lawrence Police Department in Lawrence, IN. “The value of showing the reality of law enforcement to the community we serve cannot be overstated. Seeing it all as it really happens allows the public to reach their own conclusions and form their own ideas and opinions.”
The show launches later this summer on REELZ, with plans to air live on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to midnight. REELZ is available in 70 million homes on DIRECTV channel 238, DISH Network channel 299, Verizon FiOS TV channel 692HD, AT&T U-verse channels 799/1799HD and Xfinity, Spectrum, and many other cable systems nationwide.