Live PD has good news for viewers. The A&E series will return to its three-hour format… Starting on Saturday, May 9. This comes after the show aired for only two hours on Friday and Saturday nights amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, the true crime series wanted to shift the focus onto the coronavirus pandemic. It returned from a three-week hiatus with two new coronavirus-themed specials. The new episodes addressed the COVID-19 outbreak and how it impacted first responders. Host Dan Abrams shocked Live PD Nation with some good news.
A&E series returns this weekend with a three-hour format
On Tuesday, May 5, Live PD host Dan Abrams took to Twitter to share an exciting announcement. The Chief Legal Analyst revealed good news. The show will returns to its normal three-hour format this weekend.
Hey #LivePDNation. Good news. . . #LivePD will be back to THREE hours starting on Saturday night. So we have one more two hour show on Friday night and then back to the regular three hour show! See you then at @OfficialLivePD @AETV.
— Dan Abrams (@danabrams) May 6, 2020
On Friday night, there will be a two-hour episode of Live PD followed by an episode of Live PD: Wanted. Presently, where the hosts will film the episodes is unclear. Furthermore, if future episodes will also be three hours long is unclear. No other details have been revealed.
Live PD fans excited over the news
After Abrams made the announcement, Live PD fans flocked to his tweet to exclaim their excitement. Most of them were excited to learn that their favorite show is returning to its regular format. Others were concerned about the law enforcement officers. They hope that the show will keep the cast, crew, and LEOs safe. But, most of the comments were positive.
Fans feel that it’s much-needed good news in a time of uncertainty. Others are looking forward to seeing the Baton Rouge police department make its return on Saturday night. One thing is for sure and that is that Live PD Nation is looking forward to the three-hour block.
Williamson County commissioners to address A&E controversy
Of course, the show isn’t without its share of controversy. It could lose out on another county. As per the Community Impact Newspaper, Williamson County Commissioners Court voted on Tuesday, May 5 to hire an attorney to handle the ongoing controversy with Live PD.
This comes after the series continues to film Williamson County Sheriff’s Office without the use of a legal contract. The attorneys are also considering filing a potential lawsuit against the invalid contract, according to the agenda.
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell challenged the discussion of the agenda item. Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles argued that it’s insensitive to film the show amid the pandemic.
People are losing their jobs. People are losing their businesses, lifetimes of work – people who know the meaning of hard work and building something – [and] in the middle of this, our sheriff is playing on TV. It’s disappointing.”
Boles revealed that the county could lose thousands of dollars in legal fees and insurance premiums. The Williamson County district attorney can’t move forward with the case using the Live PD footage. Why? Because the sheriff will not provide it.
The department lost its contract amid allegations against former WSCO Commander Steve Deaton for inappropriate behavior. This included asking deputies to meet a female Live PD producer and posting offensive images on social media.
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