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'Cops' Moves from Fox To Spike

May 06, 2013  | 

"Cops" moves to Spike from Fox after 25 years. The current season features Newport News (Va.) PD officers. Photo via Fox.
"Cops" moves to Spike from Fox after 25 years. The current season features Newport News (Va.) PD officers. Photo via Fox.
Television's longest-running series moved to the Spike network after Fox canceled the police reality show Monday. "Cops" will wrap up its 25th season later this month and restart in September on Spike with new episodes.

Show creator John Langley told Variety he was "delighted to find our new home with the Spike family." He also produced "Undercover Stings" for Spike.

Cops debuted in 1989 and celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. The show has aired more than 900 episodes filmed in 140 cities. The show, which airs at 8 p.m. Saturday, has been drawing more than 3 million viewers each week. Spike will keep it in its customary time slot.

In April, a civil rights group took out ads in Ad Age magazine and Daily Variety demanding that Fox drop the police reality show for "exploiting negative racial stereotypes."

Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, said the show has "turned the criminalization of black folks and other communities of color into entertainment for millions—all while lining the pockets of Fox with advertising dollars."

Tags: Police Reality Shows, Civil Rights Cases, Racial Discrimination Claims


Comments (8)

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Bob@Az. @ 5/2/2013 6:56 PM

Mr.Robinson, What is the percentage of crimes committed by Blacks on Blacks? Staggering. And as "Executive Director" of Color Of Change I would imagine you would have a better way of describing persons of color. Remember, Blues come in all colors. Stay Safe Blues.

jingcha @ 5/2/2013 8:30 PM

Ditto Bob.

Chuck @ 5/3/2013 6:40 PM

This may backfire. Any time a show comes under fire for "not being proper for television" it launches to a whole new level of popularity. "Married with Children" is a perfect example AND it was even a Fox show.

MP @ 5/6/2013 1:58 PM

This is a sad day in television history. I enjoy watching all criminals get caught, no matter what color they are. Job security........

Tired @ 5/6/2013 2:53 PM

EVERYTHING is racist. So tired of hearing this. Get over yourselves.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/6/2013 4:13 PM

Racist BS. I agree with Bob, because he is talking about real life situations. Mr. Robinson, sounds like a space cadet.

OfficerJason @ 5/6/2013 5:04 PM

If they DIDNT air blacks being arrested they would still call it racist...

Greg @ 5/7/2013 6:04 AM

"criminalization of black folks and other communities of color into entertainment for millions"

That's so cute, how about self-criminalization? Catching the bad guys without filters for color?

There's an old saying, "when you hear hoofbeats, don't look for zebras".

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