The First 48 may be an incredibly popular show on A&E, but fans are furious after it appears the police show has been pulled by the network.
Police shows have been at the centre of heated discussions in America for a number of years now.
However, since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, police television shows have again been the topic for debate.
Last week, the hit police series ‘Live PD’ was cancelled by airing network A&E, with a statement reading: “This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD.”
Now, fans of another A&E police show ‘The First 48’, are furious as the network didn’t air the latest episode despite the TV guide displaying the series.
The First 48: TV guide causes confusion
The confusion about whether the series was cancelled started yesterday when viewers tuned in for the latest episode, only to find the network was airing ‘Ghost Hunters’ instead.
Many fans initially believed that this was an issue with either their own cable box or a scheduling error. However, as more and more viewers took to Twitter to voice their frustration, things started to escalate.
Within a few hours, Twitter and TV cancellation websites were awash with comments from angered fans who believe that the show has been pulled.
The First 48: Is the show officially cancelled?
At the time of writing, the show has not been officially cancelled.
However, the lack of public response on the matter from A&E has led many fans to believe that the show has indeed been axed.
We still don’t know if the issue was genuinely a scheduling error on the TV channels part, or if the show has been removed. Although considering that the network did cancel ‘Live PD’ last week (which was their most popular show), it doesn’t bode well for The First 48.
The show itself has already been at the centre of controversy in the past, being accused of complicating ongoing cases and misrepresenting key events. However, the most well-known controversy occurred in 2011, when a camera operator was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice following a recorded raid resulted in the death of a 7-year-old girl in Detriot.
Many fans are hoping that the show may have only been removed temporarily, but at the moment everything is still unconfirmed.
The First 48: Reaction from fans
Unsurprisingly, many fans are outraged and are voicing their opinions about A&E potentially cancelling both Live PD and now The First 48 on social media.
Other fans have taken to TV cancellation websites to voice their frustration – although the sites themselves still display The First 48 as being ‘On Air’.