“COPS” is debuting its 26th season on its new home, Spike TV. One of the longest running series in television history, “Cops” will keep its long-held Saturday night timeslot at 8PM ET/PT. The September 14 premiere episode will ride along with law enforcement officers in Stockton, CA, Sarasota County, FL and Amarillo, TX.
“COPS” CRUISES INTO 25th SEASON
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, ON FOX
The milestone 25th season of COPS premieres Saturday, Dec. 15 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX, during which the veteran show will go on duty in Toledo, OH; Sacramento, CA; and Portland, OR. The following week on Saturday, Dec. 22 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), COPS will debut another unforgettable edition of the annual special, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” highlighting Portland, OR; Alameda County, CA; and Las Vegas, NV. The trailblazing show remains one of the longest-running primetime series currently airing on broadcast television and will celebrate its landmark 850th episode in February.
This season, the Emmy Award-nominated reality series will cover the U.S. from coast to coast and profile some of the country’s finest law enforcement professionals and more interesting suspects. COPS will film with police and sheriff’s departments in California, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia. The show also will revisit Kansas City, MO; Sacramento, CA; and Broward County, FL, where the original pilot was filmed.
For nearly a quarter-century, COPS has followed law enforcement agencies in more than 140 U.S. cities and has filmed in Europe, Asia and Central and South America. It was the first American television program to follow police in the former Soviet Union. A true pioneer of the reality television phenomenon, creator and executive producer John Langley is often credited with introducing the signature “video vérite” style of COPS, a camera technique that notably influenced TV advertising, news reporting and other network and syndicated programming.
Created by John Langley, COPS is produced by Langley Productions, Inc. and Fox Television Studios. John Langley and Morgan Langley are executive producers. Doug Waterman serves as supervising producer and Zach Ragsdale as producer. “Like” COPS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Copstv. Follow the series on Twitter @COPStv and join the discussion at #cops.
Annual All-New “Ho! Ho! Ho!” Edition Airs Saturday, December 22
Milestone 850th Episode To Air This February
Look for Newport News police officers in the next season of the ‘COPS’ TV show on Fox
Camera crews for Langley Productions, which produces the reality TV-style show, spent eight weeks riding along with about 30 officers as they patrolled their districts.
Filming wrapped up July 21 and the footage will appear in multiple episodes of “COPS” starting early next year, said show producer Zach Ragsdale. The series will end with a two-hour finale marking 25 seasons of the show. The episodes tell the stories of individual patrol officers and illustrate how the department operates, Ragsdale said.
“COPS” didn’t come to the city because of crime, he said, adding that that is a common misconception. The police department invited the show after Lou Thurston, one of its public information officers, approached Ragsdale with the idea.
Ragsdale had been a cameraman for the show when it filmed in Virginia Beach for 1998 episodes. Thurston was a spokesman for the Virginia Beach Police Department at the time.
“I just really want to show off this police department,” Thurston said.
While it’s a “tremendous morale booster” for officers, it’s also a recruiting tool, Thurston said. After the Virginia Beach episodes aired, Thurston said there was a dramatic increase in calls from career seekers.
“I think it’s a great show because I think it gives people a better understanding of what we deal with on the street,” said Officer Danielle Lawrence, who was followed by “COPS” crews in the South Precinct.
The 43-year-old was surprised to hear the show would film in the city, but hopes her friends and family get an idea of what she does every day. Lawrence pursued a police career to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather, who was a New York City police officer.
What keeps her going, she said, is when residents show their appreciation for her efforts, like one elderly woman who kissed her on the cheek and thanked her for patrolling her neighborhood.
“That overcomes and outweighs anything bad that can happen on this job — because somebody said thank you,” Lawrence said.
Newport News police officer Matthew Boykin, 26, grew up watching “COPS” and the show partly encouraged him to join the force. A two-person crew rode with Boykin about six times. The cameras made him feel a little awkward at first, but it became exciting, he said.
Boykin said he hopes residents get a better understanding of how police operate to further build the relationship between the department and community. Most of the time, people see police when they act, like making an arrest or pulling cars over, but not why they act, Boykin said.
“We’re human beings,” Boykin said. “We’re approachable. You can talk to us.”
Viewers need to be aware the show is entertainment and not the full picture of what it’s like to be a police officer, said Cheri Chambers, assistant professor in sociology at Christopher Newport University.
Over the years, “COPS” has evolved to show more realistic scenes like traffic stops and not just the violent and sensational crimes, Chambers said. The footage selected is what will entice viewers to watch, she added. It doesn’t show officers testifying in court or spending hours doing paperwork.
Additionally, research has shown that the people portrayed on the show are more impoverished and have a higher minority representation, said Chambers, who teaches a media and crime class. Not everyone who interacts with the police signs the release to allow the footage on air.
The police department administration views the footage before it airs and Police Chief James Fox approves it, Thurston explained.
Newport News Mayor McKinley Price has no concerns about the city and police appearing on “COPS,” as both he and City Councilwoman Patricia Woodbury agreed that showcasing the professionalism of the local police force would be positive for the city. Woodbury said that it could possibly help deter crime.
Officer Boykin hopes the show will film in Newport News again.
“If they invite us, we’d love to come back,” Ragsdale said
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August 10, 2012 Copyright © 2012, Newport News, Va., Daily Press
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Taking tips from the show “Cops,” an Anoka woman allegedly stole groceries and other items from a Kmart so that she could bake with her grandson, according to a complaint filed in Anoka County.
Police said Carla Jean Jellison, 50, of Anoka, has been charged with one count of theft and one count of possession of shoplifting gear, as she was caught with her purse being lined aluminum tin foil on or about Jan. 19, 2012, in an effort to defeat the Anoka Kmart’s security sensors.
According to the complaint, Kmart’s Loss Prevention Officer Brian Lundstrom witnessed Jellison put butter and chocolate chips in her purse while shopping.
When Jellison reached the checkout, she paid for a bottle of water and nothing else, police said, and after exiting the first set of doors, Lundstrom stopped Jellison.
Lundstrom then found two additional items inside Jellison’s purse – two Sonicare toothbrush heads, items she said she stole with plans to sell to a neighbor.
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On “Undercover Stings” (Mon., 9p.m. ET on Spike) police officers busted a pregnant mom of three as she was allegedly trying to buy a huge amount of oxycodone.
As they ordered her to walk backwards toward them she told officers, “I’m pregnant, so I don’t wanna get shot.”
Viewers tweeted their disbelief at her actions, suggesting that perhaps trying to buy drugs wasn’t the smartest thing she could have done.
The real-life drama continues on “Undercover Stings,” Mondays at 9p.m. ET on Spike.
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Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Insiders confirm that the upcoming 25th season of Cops could be the last on Fox. But that doesn’t mean the end of the show. Executive producer John Langley tells TV Guide Magazine that he will shop the long-running series elsewhere next spring should Fox decide not to pick up a 26th season.
Earlier this month, Fox Sports announced that it would take over Fox’s Saturday night slot for most of the remainder of 2012, airing a mix of Major League Baseball, UFC matches and Pac 12 college football. That means Cops —which had already been pre-empted several weeks for Jennifer Lopez’s Q’Viva (before that low-rated show was dumped into late night) — will be off primetime for much of the remainder of 2012. (That news was first revealed by Vulture.)
In his first interview since the scheduling move was revealed, Langley admits that “obviously I wish they weren’t pre-empting it so much. We’ve owned Saturday night for 25 seasons. I have a proprietary interest in it.” Cops is expected to return next January, and Fox will go back to airing a mix of original and repeat episodes. (Between 16 and 20 new episodes will be on tap for midseason 2013.)
“The good news is we’re renewed for our 25th year,” Langley says. “That’s our silver anniversary, a rarity in TV. I don’t expect too many shows to reach that landmark. If Fox doesn’t re-order us after the 25th season, we’ll find another home, I’m pretty certain. We’ve got an audience and will always have an audience no matter what happens. We’ve become an iconic program with guaranteed ratings. We usually win our time slot, so somebody will want us.”
Fox is also talking to Langley about a two-hour Cops anniversary retrospective. “We’re going to make it a big celebration of Cops, including fan favorites and a countdown of the 25 more impactful moments in Cops history.”
A network insider says Cops remained a profitable show for Fox, but that it was becoming less so over time. That was the network’s same issue with America’s Most Wanted, which it canceled as a regular series last spring. (Fox aired a handful of specials, and AMW eventually moved to Lifetime.) Fox expects ratings to potentially rise with sports on Saturdays (particularly now that the Pac 12’s USC is off probation.)
Cops first launched in 1989, and since then has profiled law enforcement in over 140 cities and has produced close to 900 episodes. (The show also regularly airs in repeats on G4 and TruTV.) The Cops-America’s Most Wantedlineup stayed the same for 14 years, making it easily the most intact night of programming in TV history. As Fox’s rivals slumped on Saturday nights, the gap between it and the other networks grew so wide that Fox insiders guess that Saturday probably added a tenth of a ratings point to the network’s weekly average.
But many of Fox Sports’ rights deals included a network component, and it got to the point where it was going to take up most Saturday nights. (ABC turned its fall Saturday nights over to ESPN college football coverage a few years ago.)
As Fox celebrates its 25th anniversary, Langley remembers how the show gave the network a needed shot of adrenaline. “Cops at one time was a linchpin for Fox, certainly,” he says. “It was a network builder. I think we made a major contribution to the early history of Fox, along with America’s Most Wanted, The Simpsons and some shows that followed. People forget that back in the day when Cops first aired, Fox was stumbling. They did a radical revamp of programming and allowed for things that were daring.”
Langley notes that Cops was “in the vanguard of so-called reality TV, and I’m proud of that fact. Fox can be largely credited with that fact. They were experimenting with new kinds of programming.” Shooting for Season 25 is underway — bad boys, you’ve been warned.