/// Cops Ousted by Fox After 25 Seasons, Moves to Spike TV

May 6, 2013  |  Media Week

Cops, the great-granddaddy of the contemporary reality show, finally got its walking papers from the Fox broadcast network after 25 seasons, only to get picked up immediately by male-centric cable network Spike TV. The show has been on the air constantly since 1989 and remains ubiquitous in syndication on TruTV, G4 and several other outlets abroad. It also began life as one of the cheapest shows on broadcast, since it was shot entirely on video and requires only the cooperation of local police departments to make an episode. Aspects of the series, especially the grainy video and the theme song (Bad Boys, by reggae band Inner Circle), have been featured in dozens if not scores of parodies, including on Fox itself . Orders for the show sometimes reached as many as 45 episodes in a season. All in all, more than 900 episodes of Cops have aired, “a portion” of which will be available to Spike (though not all) according to the network. The number of new episodes ordered was also undisclosed.

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