John Langley



Reality Check: In the Wake of a Cops Death, a Producer Reflects

Craig Piligian

The death of Cops crew member Bryce Dion, who was accidentally shot by a police officer during a robbery in Omaha, Neb., stunned the tight-knit reality TV community. Wicked Tuna and Dirty Jobs producer Craig Piligian, who is unaffiliated with Cops, spoke with TV Guide Magazine to explain how camera operators, audio technicians, and their teams are the unsung heroes of unscripted television.

read more

Cops Executive Producers on Their Big Move to Spike TV


The bad boys, bad boys are back — but on a new network. Cops launches its 26th season this Saturday at 8/7c on Spike TV, which grabbed the long-running documentary/reality show from Fox earlier this year.

Spike TV ordered 22 new episodes of Cops — the granddaddy of reality shows — and also struck a deal to license older repeats that will be paired with the new ones. "We've been energized by the move," says executive producer John Langley, who's been behind Cops since 1989. TV Guide Magazine caught up with Langley and his son, Morgan Langley (also an executive producer), to see how the big switch is going... read more

Exclusive: After 25 Years, Cops Moves to a New Network


Calling all units: Cops is staking out a new home. After a landmark 25 seasons on Fox, the bad boys, bad boys of documentary/reality show will be moving to Spike TV this fall.

read more

Exclusive: Lifetime Cancels America's Most Wanted

John Walsh

Lifetime has decided not to pick up another season of America's Most Wanted, TV Guide Magazine has learned exclusively. The decision effectively ends the groundbreaking reality series after 25 seasons, at least for now.

Separately, however, the cable network is looking to stay in business with... read more

Exclusive: Cops Executive Producer on the Fate of His Long-Running Show


Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Insiders confirm that the upcoming 25th season of Cops could be the last on Fox. But that doesn't mean the end of the show. Executive producer John Langley tells TV Guide Magazine that he will shop the long-running series elsewhere next spring should Fox decide not to pick up a 26th season.

Earlier this month, Fox Sports announced that it would take over Fox's Saturday night slot for most of the remainder of 2012, airing a mix of... read more

Oprah Winfrey, Tiny Fey Among 2011 Hollywood Walk of Fame Recipients

Oprah Winfrey and Tina Fey

Oprah Winfrey and Tina Fey are among the celebrities selected to receive stars next year on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday.

Other TV stars to be honored include Neil Patrick Harris, Danny DeVito and Ed O'Neill, as well as ER and Southland creator... read more

Top 20 Moments in Cops' 20-year History

Cops: 20 Years Caught on Tape

Since the pioneering reality series debuted in 1989, Fox’s Cops has cemented its place in history as one of the longest-running prime-time entertainment programs. The 20th season will be celebrated this Saturday (8 pm/ET, Fox) with a commemorative one-hour special, Cops: 20 Years Caught on Tape. Here are the crimefighting series’ 20 biggest moments, as selected by executive producer John Langley. When: Season 2 (1990)Where: Las VegasThe Take-down: Officer Dennis Magill gets a 911 call about a runaway car. He responds to the call at the Mirage hotel parking lot. A driverless car is circling the parking lot. Magill smashes the car window and subdues the runaway car. He then helps the owner clean out the broken glass. Bottom Line: Proves you should "expect the unexpect read more

Cops Celebrates 20 Years of Fighting Crime

John Langley with Las Vegas police officers

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Keep making episodes of Cops, apparently. After two decades (yes, you read that right, 20 years), Cops celebrates its 20th season with the special hourlong episode "Cops: 20 Years Caught on Tape" on Sept. 29 at 8 pm/ET on Fox. The series is syndicated in a whopping 90 percent of the country, and in November the show will hit its 700th-episode mark. TV Guide talked to the show's creator/executive producer, John Langley, about the injuries, scuffles and arrests that keep viewers following the chase. TV Guide: Did you ever expect the show to last this long?John Langley: I had no idea Cops would continue for 20 years, although I had total faith that it was an interesting show with many layers of entertainment and information. TV Guide: How has it continued to spark read more

TV GUIDE Users' Most Popular