EAST PROVIDENCE, RI – The City of East Providence is pleased to announce that Live PD will be joining the East Providence Police Department starting Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The first live broadcast will air Friday, May 31, 2019 at 9 p.m. on A&E. The East Providence Police Dept. will be conducting a hiring process for new recruits beginning today through July 1, 2019.
“Live PD” is the top unscripted justice series on cable which documents policing in America in real time, produced by Big Fish Entertainment, an MGM Company. Since its premiere in October 2016, “Live PD” has grown by more than 150 percent in total viewers Live-Plus-SameDay L+SD and Live-Plus-Three (L+3), with a series high of 2.7 million total viewers on April 7, 2018. Over the course of the 80-episode second season, “Live PD” was the No. 1 show of the night on all of television 28 times (L+SD, A25-54, excluding sports). In August, “Live PD” was the No. 1 program on all of TV among ages A25-54 and ages A18-49 on Fridays and Saturdays (L+SD, excluding NFL Pre-Season games), propelling A&E to be the No. 1 TV network on Fridays and Saturdays for the month with A25-54 and A18-49, beating all broadcast nets. (L+SD, prime).
“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 vice president 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 with analysis from Tom Morris Jr. and Sgt. Sean ‘Sticks’ Larkin, “Live PD” showcases the policing of America, following diverse police departments from across the country in real time as they patrol their communities. Using dash cams along with fixed rig and handheld cameras, the series captures the work of a varied mix of urban and rural police forces on a typical Friday and Saturday night. Abrams, Morris and Larkin guide viewers through the night giving insight to what audiences are seeing in real time, bouncing between the featured police departments and offering an inside look at each live episode. “Live PD” also features law enforcement officers from the series who appear in-studio as guest analysts to provide additional commentary.