9:47am PT by Rick Porter
'Live PD' Extended for 150 More Episodes on A&E
A&E is betting big (again) on its docuseries Live PD.
The show, which airs in three-hour blocks on Friday and Saturday nights, has been a strong performer for the cable channel since its premiere in October 2016. So strong, in fact, that A&E has ordered 150 more episodes — a whopping 450 hours — that will take the series through 2019.
The order comes just before the premiere of Live PD's third season Friday night. It follows a 100-episode pickup in 2017.
"Live PD has tapped into the cultural zeitgeist in ways we never imaged. Our viewers are passionate and are truly engaged with the show. In fact, they have helped law enforcement agencies find missing children and wanted fugitives,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vp and head of programming at A&E. "We want to extend our thanks to our loyal viewers who have dubbed themselves the 'Live PD Nation,' along with the communities and law enforcement agencies that have welcomed our cameras into their neighborhoods. The team at Big Fish Entertainment, along with our incredible on-air talent and studio and field crews have masterfully produced a technically challenging show week after week."
Hosted by Dan Abrams, Tom Morris Jr. and Tulsa, Oklahoma PD Sgt. Sean "Sticks" Larkin, Live PD follows officers from police departments around the country in real time, combining footage from dashboard cameras and images captured by camera crews.
The series is regularly among the top performers on cable on Fridays and Saturdays. Over the course of its 80-episode second season, it was the No. 1 show on all of TV (excluding sports) 28 times in A&E's target demographic of adults 25-54. Live PD also helped make A&E the No. 1 network on Fridays and Saturdays in August in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos.