A&E Shines Spotlight on Police Tactics With Docuseries 'Live PD'

The project will run for eight two-hour episodes and premiere Oct. 28.
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A&E is ripping from the headlines for its latest series.

In light of the string of recent police shootings across the country, the cabler has greenlighted a new docuseries called Live PD, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The project offer viewers an unfettered and unfiltered live access inside the six of the country’s busiest police forces and the communities they patrol. Over the course of the first season, which will run for eight two-hour episodes, a combination of dash cams, handheld and fixed-rig cameras will show the work of both urban and rural police forces around the country on a typical Friday night.

ABC's Dan Abrams, alongside Dallas Police Department detectives Rich Emberlin and Kevin Jackson, will guide viewers through the night, giving insight to what audiences are seeing in real time, bouncing minute-by-minute between the featured police departments and offering an inside look at each live incident.

Due to the potential of capturing intense and possibly disturbing content, Live PD will air on a delay. The series will premiere Friday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

“Every day the demand for more transparency in law enforcement continues to come from both civilians and police across the country,” Rob Sharenow, executive vp and general manger of A&E and Lifetime, said Monday in a statement. “Live PD will not only highlight the difficult work being done by our men and women in uniform as they go out into the streets never knowing what to expect, but also answers citizens’ calls for clarity.”

Longtime news producer David Doss (Anderson Cooper 360, Nightly News With Lester Holt) will serve as showrunner and will exec produce with Dan Cesareo, George McTeague, Kara Kurcz and John Zito for Big Fish Entertainment. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Sean Gottlieb will exec produce for A&E. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for the series.

In addition to Abrams, who currently serves as chief legal analyst for ABC News, detectives Jackson and Emberlin have been partners for more than 20 years and have worked in Patrol, SWAT, Criminal Intelligence and Dignitary Protection Squad for Dallas PD.

The series order comes after months of police-related violence that have put a harsh light on officers across the country, particularly because of incidents involving African-American that have since spawned the Black Lives Matter movement. In July, five Dallas police officers were killed during a rally following the police killings of unarmed African-American men Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. Most recently, Terence Crutcher was killed by a Tulsa police officer during a traffic stop on Sept. 16.

Live PD joins the long-running reality series Cops, which showcases police officers on the job. The series, which airs on Spike, is currently in its 29th season.

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