According to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ, A&E claims the new Reelz show “On Patrol: Live” is a blatant rip-off of their law enforcement reality series… and they’re asking a judge to shut down the alleged copycat version of “Live PD” and return any profits.
Remember… “Live PD” featured real-time footage of police departments across the country enforcing the law, with Dan Abrams hosting from a studio and directing the action. The show ran from 2016 to 2020, when A&E cancelled it in response to nationwide protests against police brutality.
According to the suit, A&E claims that Big Fish, the production company behind “Live PD,” cloned the show for Reelz… using the same format, re-hiring Dan as host, and marketing “On Patrol: Live” as the return of “Live PD” to television.
According to A&E, Reelz ignored their warnings and went ahead with the new series, which debuted recently and has been a big hit.
According to the lawsuit, A&E was struggling to get eyeballs in 2021 when they were the 89th ranked TV network in total viewers… and A&E claims Reelz is now attracting millions of viewers for ‘On Patrol.’
A&E says the OG “Live PD” spawned tons of authorized spin-offs, but the Reelz show did not have their blessing … and now A&E is going after Reelz for money and an injunction stopping ‘On Patrol’ from copying “Live PD.”
We reached out to Big Fish and Reelz … so far no word back.