"Blue Bloods" fans are a bit on edge following the cancellation of the decades-long-running show, "Cops." They may have good reason to worry because of the racial climate that's crossing the nation.
Earlier this week, Paramount Network told Deadline that they were no longer airing the show, "Cops," amid the nationwide protests that erupted following the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, 46, was killed at the hands of a police officer. His death has since sparked peaceful protests as well as riots and looting in many cities. It's also caused tv viewers to question their favorite shows.
FANS WORRIED FOR 'BLUE BLODS' FUTURE
"Cops" debuted on Fox Network in 1989 and remained there for 25 seasons before dying out. Spike TV brought it back in 2013. They later renamed to Paramount Network in 2018 and aired the show there.
The series was on the heels of premiering the new season 33 this week, but the turn of events saw it completely removed instead. The move comes after "Live PD" was pulled last Friday.
"Live PD" may return to the air, although the network is reportedly doing away with unscripted programs. They're evaluating when they'll bring back the show.
LIVE PD FILMS DEATH OF BLACK MAN
However, some viewers might be unaware that "Live PD" could be directly involved in the controversial matter of police brutality. Last year, the show's crew was on a ride-along that ended in the death of one man.
Javier Ambler, 40, died in March 2019 after being tased three times by police. While on the ground, Ambler uttered the same words that Floyd did two weeks ago: "I can't breathe."
Local law enforcement attempted to keep the details of Ambler's case hidden, but they came out recently amid the protests. A cop's body cam recorded the final moments before Ambler's death.
Amy Carlson, Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg, Sami Gayle, Kevin Wade and Will Estes attend the Blue Bloods 150th episode celebration at 92Y on March 27, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images
NEWMAN URGES ACTOR COPS TO DONATE
Meanwhile, former "Blue Bloods" actor Griffin Newman wants to do his part to show support for African Americans. He is calling on all actor cops to donate to relevant organizations.
Newman was only in two episodes of the show, but in a Twitter message, the actor used the hashtag "Blue Actors Act Blue" as he called on others to help make a change.
The storyline of "Blue Bloods" is all fictional, but often it parallels what happens in real-life police departments. For instance, an April episode saw family patriarch Frank Reagan get backlash from fellow cops.
FRANK TO GET BACKLASH FROM FELLOW COPS
In the episode, Frank decides to hold an officer accountable for an act of police brutality which was caught on tape. Cops are typically known to stick up for their own regardless of each other's actions.
Of course, the "Blue Bloods" cast consists of almost all cops within the Reagan family. In the last season, the show introduced a new member who is none other than a cop, too.
At the end of "Blue Bloods" Season 10, fans saw as the beloved clan welcomed Joe Hill. Frank took a liking to Joe immediately, while the others were warm enough.
CHANCES OF SEEING HILL IS HIGH
"Blue Bloods" executive producer, Kevin Wade, stated that due to the early season 10 finale, "we have a number of things involving this Joe Hill thing that we already had in motion that we will revisit in Season 11."
The new season was expected to start filming soon, with various measures to be put into place that follow guidelines for COVID-19. With the recent cancelations of "Cops," fans are eagerly awaiting reconfirmation.
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