By Paul Anthony
Let’s be honest here, 2020 has not been a good year to all of us. Here we are going through a world wide virus that has no cure yet and here in the states we are going through a civil unrest regarding law enforcement and African Americans. No doubt the footages, we have all seen have made feel terrible with what police get away with. For decades and that is 30 years to be exact the show Cops would air which is a reality show where cameras follow police in the line duty, the show nonetheless made us laugh more than anything but Paramount announced that due to police brutality the show would be canceled. The through the years may have had the viewers laughing at people but critics often slammed the show for airing people personal issues for basically pure fun. Cops the show has had many issues prior to leading up to this even before everything happen, the show faced many lawsuits because of the footage they were using through it’s history and that footage was the stereotypes and that is White cops and Black people being who they arrested. In reality it was the show and station that was putting the footage together and seeing what draws the crowds in and we all got brain washed into watching it. heck I didn’t even notice to be honest, it wasn’t until much later when the police would approve the footage that the show would be allowed to use. From what I could, tell that is when the issues seem to calm down. Now shortly after Paramount canceled the show. A&E and Discovery also decided to cancel their shows.
A&E hit show was called Live PD, which was basically the same as cops except they claim the footage was live and would have experts in the studio explaining the situation which I thought that was a good way to help us all understand the situation. Sadly I don’t know much about Discovery’s show which was called “Body Cam” Now I don’t know how it is different from the other shows but it is now canceled.
The main question now is will these shows return or no? Paramount has said they have no plans to bring the show back, as of right now I haven’t seen much about the other shows to give a clear answer to that question but in the back of my mind, I would have to say yes they will return and here is why. Ratings, that is the thing we have to remember, if a network sees that that they can make money trust me they will put the item out there to make money. Now we live in the age where there are so many cameras and I think these shows will help us catch the good guys and the bad guys regardless of which side of the law that the bad buys are on. I believe the studios need to have morale rights to help out when they have footage of someone being in the wrong but in the end I guess only time will tell.