"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.
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