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FOX Dispatches COPS to SpikeTV


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#1 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 07:23 PM

"Cops," the little reality show that helped launch a network and an entire genre -- and sparked some controversy in the process --  is switching networks, from Fox, where it began a quarter of a century ago, to Spike TV, where new shows will air in the fall.  

 

“ 'Cops' is a remarkable series that has been able to sustain strong ratings well into its third decade, a monumental achievement in television,” said Kevin Kay, Spike TV chief. “We continue to grow and expand our audience with new episodes. [It's] the perfect addition to our prime-time lineup on Saturday nights.”

 

Created by John Langley, “Cops” premiered March 11, 1989, and has aired more than  900 new episodes -- that's right, 900 nights  -- and helped Fox land some beachfront property on a night and at a time when people actually watch TV: Saturdays.

 

http://www.newsday.c...ke-tv-1.5208275

 

 

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#2 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 07:26 PM

This article is very slanted and biased, but I can't disagree with this:

 

Yes, there are many violent crimes broken up by the hardworking police officers shown on COPS, with plenty of gracious victims being helped. But for every breaking up of domestic violence, there are embarrassing displays of arrogance. COPS‘ turning of serious matters into cheap entertainment has often been coupled with the willful neglect of serious issues like police misconduct and civil rights.

Speaking with The American Conservative earlier this year, retired LAPD deputy chief Stephen Downing said of the show: “[T]hey show officers violating the Fourth Amendment routinely, manhandling people, not employing the escalation/de-escalation concepts of the use of force.”

 

http://www.mediaite....ty-series-cops/

 

 

I've seen a lot of examples of things that officers should be fired for, if not arrested and charged.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:00 PM

900/48=18 and 3/4 days of continuous cops without a repeat episode. 

 

Perhaps they ought to create a continuous COPS channels and license it for continuous viewing in the correctional institutions. 

 

Correction: According to http://epguides.com/Cops/, there are 884 episodes of COPS. Thats still 18.41 days of continuous COPS. 


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:27 PM

Thought they already had a Cops channel, called G4.

 

Wonder if we can blame Cops for starting this whole cheap to produce reality TV crap, never realized it started in '89.  I can't really think of anything earlier but then again I was 8 when it started and didn't even get all of the now big 4, let alone cable.



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:23 AM

Primetime show for Fox, and probably some of the lowest production costs of any show on a major network.  Staggering how much money they made off that, ad rates are based on viewership, not production costs, afterall.



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:41 AM

Thought they already had a Cops channel, called G4.

 

Wonder if we can blame Cops for starting this whole cheap to produce reality TV crap, never realized it started in '89.  I can't really think of anything earlier but then again I was 8 when it started and didn't even get all of the now big 4, let alone cable.

An American Family, from 1973, was really the first reality show in the sense we know it today.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:57 AM

This article is very slanted and biased, but I can't disagree with this:

 

http://www.mediaite....ty-series-cops/

 

 

I've seen a lot of examples of things that officers should be fired for, if not arrested and charged.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:59 AM

I agree.


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