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Reno 911!: Comedy Central Pulls the Plug on Cops Series

Reno 911!After six seasons, Comedy Central has cancelled their mockumentary series, Reno 911!.

The satirical program is based on FOX’s Cops reality show that follows real police officers as they capture criminals on urban streets. Reno 911! follows the members of a fictitious police department in Reno, Nevada. Filled with lots of politically-incorrect humor, much of the episodes are improvised.

The ensemble cast includes Cedric Yarbrough, Niecy Nash, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney, Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Mary Birdsong, Nick Swardson, Toby Huss, and Jim Rash.

The show has been a staple of the Comedy Central cable channel since 2003. It was so successful that it spawned a feature film, Reno 911: Miami, in 2007. The movie didn’t break any box office records but later earned over $16 million in DVD sales and led to a second, extra-unrated, release.

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Season six of Reno 911! debuted on April 1st of this year and finished airing last month. Comedy Central apparently feels that, despite decent ratings, 88 episodes is enough. According to one of its stars, they’ve cancelled the series.

Yesterday, Lennon broke the news via Twitter. He wrote, “Reno 911! was cancelled at 1:30 pm today. Won’t be wearing the shorts again.

Though the show has been officially cancelled, there’s been no word if the crazy cops might return someday, either in specials or another movie. What do you think? Would you like to see that?

 

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tony wallace November 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Unlike the majority, I thought the new cast members were gonna develop, allowing the show to continue for a few more seasons. It is true that the show was not as sharp as in the past but it had its moments. I did not believe it totally jumped the shark and I thought Family Guy was more likely fade away. Coming from a law enforcement background I saw that the writers recognized certain police archetypes. The badge-heavy sergeant is a common character kown to all cops and the new patrolman (Truglio) is not uncommon in the law enforcement career field; the dirty cop who jumps from department to department one step ahead of internal affairs. They had a big problem with cops like that in suburban St. Louis so kudos to the writers for being observant enough to do an over-the-top characterization of the good-bad cop. I’m convinced that Lennon, Garrant and Kenney have an intimate knowledge of police operations. It has been said, by real cops, that Barney Miller was the most realistic police show on T.V. I’ve said for quite a while that Reno 911 is the true depiction of police work as most cops, and I know from the inside, are idiots. The show will live forever in syndication and I hope that they make a movie from time to time.

BTW, does anyone remember Blotter on TBS? It predated Reno and it was great.

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Jordan October 13, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I kinda saw this one coming. This past season had me confused for a while, I was thinking “that guy sounds like Ian Roberts…is that his fatter older brother?” but then discovered it was actually him. He’s always been a great improv guy, even though they got rid of some of the most popular characters I figured Roberts could at least partially make up for it, but Lo Truglio in my opinion added nothing at all. His character seemed stale and unoriginal, and had this tone as if he was there simply to make up for the loss of Alazraqui.

I think it’s a good thing this series has ended…it wasn’t the most original premise from the start, and they had already gotten so much more out of it than I expected they could. It seemed like Lennon and the other members of the State in particular were too creative to be doing this forever. I’d like to see them do something different.

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kennyg October 9, 2009 at 4:38 pm

i am swo fuckin sad. this sux!! i love that show!your right,, it wasnt the same after they got rid of clemy, kimble, and garcia. still good but not the same.

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DY August 18, 2009 at 11:06 pm

RENO has sucked it since Lennon, Garant, and Kenney fired all the good cast members (allegedly via e-mail!) and replaced them with lamos. The show has been circling the drain for the last two seasons. Good bye RENO.

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micah October 12, 2010 at 3:23 am

you do not know what’s up. the show just started getting good when they got rid of garcia, the blonde, and the dyke. those dudes bring so much more character to the show.

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Lol October 6, 2012 at 1:26 am

If by started getting good, you mean getting better at being shark jumping shit, then you would be correct. Sadly they destroyed the entire dynamic of the show by getting rid of Garcia and Kimble. Johnson.. not so much. Her improv skills are about as advanced as a lawnmower mechanic with no hands. He knows its stupid that he doesnt switch the damn thing off first, but figures hes got the skill to overcome it.

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john August 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm

SAD!!!!! best show on comedy central. Bring on the second movie!!! … F comedy central…. go to a different network.

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CJ August 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Go figure, they get rid of half the cast and expect the show to continue at a decent pace ratings wise?

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