A&E claims On Patrol: Live is a blatant rip-off of Live PD. The network is suing Reelz for copyright infringement. In July 2022, the new docuseries premiered on the network. It’s received high praise from Live PD Nation as they became On Patrol Nation.
Viewers also noticed similarities between the two shows. Both of them follow police departments across the country that patrol the streets at night. Reelz says what makes On Patrol: Live different from the original is the community aspect with its citizen ride-along segments.
A&E argues that they’re the exact same show. The cable network has been closely watching Reelz’s new series. They filed a lawsuit against On Patrol: Live for ripping off the original series.
Why did A&E cancel Live PD?
A&E canceled Live PD at the height of the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement. The show was dealt another blow at the time: the Coronavirus pandemic. It went on an extended hiatus for the safety of the crew members and law enforcement.
The BLM movement exploded after the death of George Floyd. There were questions about shows like Live PD and Cops promote “copaganda.” Ultimately, A&E canceled the series after FOX canceled the long-running series, Cops.
Host Dan Abrams wasn’t happy about the network’s move. He claims he was in the dark about it. The ABC News commentator was desperate to give the show new life. That’s when the concept for On Patrol: Live came when he pitched the idea to Reelz.
The network normally airs celebrity biopics and documentaries. They’re shifting their content to focus on docuseries like Live PD. That’s why they were on board with the idea of On Patrol: Live. A&E has a problem with the rebooted series and says that it’s the same show.
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— Dan Abrams (@danabrams) August 20, 2022
Why did A&E sue Reelz?
Per TMZ, the producers of Live PD are suing Reelz. They claim it’s the exact premise of the original series on the competing network. On Tuesday, August 30, TMZ obtained a copy of the lawsuit which argues that On Patrol: Live is a copycat of A&E’s top show. They’re asking for the judge to shut down the show and to pay any profits made from it.
Abrams hosted Live PD from 2016 to 2020. He was also the executive producer of the series. He gave the idea to Reelz, who went with it. Abrams hosts On Patrol: Live alongside Sean “Sticks” Larkins and Curtis Wilson. Reelz claims it ignored A&E’s warnings about the lawsuit and moved forward with the new series.
Now, the network is getting millions of viewers each weekend. A&E says Big Fish Entertainment, the production company behind Live PD, made the same show. They didn’t give Reelz permission to create On Patrol: Live. A&E is asking for money and for the new show to get canned.
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