A&E is jumping in to the national conversation on policing in America with Live PD, a weekly live documentary series that takes viewers inside the country’s busiest police departments and the communities they patrol in real time. The network has ordered eight two-hour episodes of Live PD from Big Fish Entertainment, for premiere Friday, October 28 at 9 PM.
Over the course of eight weeks, dash cams along with fixed rig and handheld cameras, will capture the work of a mix of six urban and rural police forces around the country on a typical Friday night. In-studio host, 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. The series also includes a live social media component that will take audiences behind the scenes of the Live PD studio.
As with many live events, due to the potential of capturing intense and possibly disturbing content, the network says the program will air on a delay.
David Doss, former news executive producer at CNN, ABC and NBC, will serve as showrunner for the series.
“Every day the demands for more transparency in law enforcement continues to come from both civilians and police across the country,” said Rob Sharenow, EVP and General Manager of A&E and Lifetime. “‘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.”
Live PD follows two other Emmy-winning A&E series that tackled important issues in the national dialogue. Critically praised Born This Way, which was just renewed for a third season, follows young adults with Down syndrome, and Intervention, which dealt with addiction, aired for 13 seasons on A&E.
Live PD is produced for A&E Network by Big Fish Entertainment, Dan Cesareo, David Doss, George McTeague, Kara Kurcz and John Zito executive produce for Big Fish. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Sean Gottlieb.