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Armed & Famous: CBS Pulls Celebrity Cop Series

Armed & FamousAs expected, FOX's juggernaut American Idol is back with a vengeance. The reality singing series has been garnering incredible ratings and as a result, the other networks are feeling the pinch. Interestingly enough, another reality show is the first casualty.

Armed & Famous debuted on Wednesday, January 10th at 8pm on CBS. The series followed five celebrities through police academy training, graduation and then on patrol as reserve police officers in Muncie, Indiana. The celebrity officers were CHiPs' Erik Estrada, singer La Toya Jackson, The Osbournes' Jack Osbourne, Jackass' Jason "Wee Man" Acuna, and wrestler Trish Stratus.

On the day of the series premiere, the Armed & Famous cast presented Muncie's police department with three fully equipped 2007 Hummer SUVs. At the ceremony, Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle offered Osbourne a full-time position on his force. Osbourne respectfully declined but asked the Chief for a letter of recommendation to a Los Angeles police academy. It's too bad this dedication didn't translate into bigger viewer numbers.

The first and second episodes attracted only 5.5 million households each. The latest episode, up against Idol, experienced a huge drop in viewers. Only 3.5 million households tuned in. That's apparently enough for CBS. The network has cancelled Armed & Famous effective immediately.

CSI: NY will take the Wedesday slot on January 31st and Criminal Minds will fill in on February 7th. CBS' Jericho series returns for its midseason debut with a recap episode on February 14th. The remaining unaired episodes of Armed & Famous may air during the Summer months though, personally, I wouldn't bet on it. TV Series Finale home page

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I think this is the first real good news I have read on your site. ;) Well, the cancellation of Studio 60 was good news, but that ended up being more rumor than real.

Posted by: Travis | January 26, 2007 11:31 PM


Awesome news! Not that it really matters since one of the best new shows from CBS, JERICHO, is returning Feb 14th.

Terrible shows like Armed and Stupid should be airing on cable networks like VH-1.

Posted by: Karl Malden | January 27, 2007 10:07 AM


I liked this show.

Posted by: Matt | January 27, 2007 9:14 PM


Its to bad alot of people in Muncie didn't want the show to be on to start with but I thought it turned out pretty good, it was funny and made us laugh, I think it should have stayed on , it only had 3 more weeks to go anyway. To bad the little shows always get beat out by the bigger ones.

Posted by: Angela | January 29, 2007 9:27 AM


I enjoyed the show very much and for once you could actually see as a civlian what it was like to ride in a patrol car. It is not 24 hours of high speed chases and shoot outs so this brought it down to the day to day routine which most people just didn't understand.

Posted by: Don | January 30, 2007 11:21 AM


I liked the show.

Posted by: will | January 31, 2007 12:24 PM


The show was great i cant believe how other police shows like cops can be on the air for years and when a semi scripted show like Armed & Famous gets on the air it is quickly shot down by ratings. The remaining episodes will be airing on Vh1 starting in early February with a first five season marathon. Great show just not enough ratings to keep it going!

Posted by: jockystock421 | January 31, 2007 4:57 PM


I am very disappointed that this show was cancelled. I like it very much. It was a great reality show that us kids could watch.

Posted by: Ryan | January 31, 2007 5:09 PM


I think you should of kept it on the Air

Posted by: Anonymous | January 31, 2007 5:15 PM


I liked the show!

Posted by: Mary | January 31, 2007 5:27 PM


I think you should have kept it on the air because it was about the only thing i watched. I can't belive that you would do that were you sick because i think you were. today when i found out that you canceled it i was balling my eyes out!! now i have to watch stupid american idol. i just can't belive you would cancel a show that excellent!! it makes me so mad@!!!!!!1

Posted by: none of your bunniesses | January 31, 2007 5:38 PM


thats ashamed i like the show..why are you trying to fix,something thats not broken?

Posted by: bronga | January 31, 2007 5:57 PM


We liked the show and tuned in every week to watch it and taped it when we weren't home to watch it live. Why would CBS cancel such a good new show? Just another show canceled that we loved watching. Getting so tired of that happening.

Posted by: Donna Bickel & Laura Allgire | January 31, 2007 6:18 PM


CBS should of let the show air, it was a good show

Posted by: william | January 31, 2007 11:13 PM


What does CBS expect against American Idol? I liked the show except for LaToya-what a space head.

Maybe somebody at CBS will finish it out as a summer replacement.

Posted by: Mike | February 1, 2007 5:35 AM


The show was awful boring and made muncie look bad. Who wants to see a bunch of D list celeb hippocrytes talk down to people doing the same things they've done in the past. Good riddance!

Posted by: todd | February 1, 2007 5:38 AM


I liked the show and kept up with it. I set the recorder when i had to work. I am so disappointed that they have removed it from their airing.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 1, 2007 11:06 AM


I am sorry that they cancelled Armed & Famous. It was funny and interesting. It was certainly better than Idol, Ugly Betty or Jericho. It did not turn out to be the spoof that I thought it would be in the beginning. Are the actors still cops?

Posted by: REG | February 1, 2007 4:00 PM


I loved this show, I can't believe they pulled it just because CBS can't air it when more popular shows aren't on. It's ratings would be so much higher if it were on Mondays when nothing is on, I'm really disappointed. I loved seeing what it was like to become a cop, what was involved, and the added twist of being famous made it even more interesting.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 1, 2007 5:24 PM



Posted by: SAVANNAH | February 1, 2007 6:26 PM


I actually thought it was an interesting show. I was amazed at how the actors were taking the jobs very seriously. It is sad that CBS would pull the was a nice thing to tune into when you don't want to watch American Idol.

Posted by: VP | February 2, 2007 7:39 AM


i think the show was great put it back on the air NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Thomas | February 4, 2007 8:14 AM


I loved the show. CBS, you blew it by taking this show off the air! You didn't give it a chance!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 4, 2007 3:18 PM


I loved this show! I could relate so easily! I am a white, blonde, girly female and I was hired at the age of 42 as a police officer in a similiar sized city in the south. I knew exactly what LaToya and Trish were going through. It's been three years so far and I think I have finally found my mojo on the job. You don't know what "we" went through to get there. I hate it the show got cancelled. It really showed what police work is really like-the reality. There's some good and bad elements in the job. I never would have thought LaToya would have done as well as she did, but she suprised me. I want more of this show.....much much more!

Posted by: Another anonymous | February 5, 2007 4:12 PM


To the Anonymous poster who posted earlier:

Putting Armed and Famous on Monday's would'nt have worked, either. Remember, NBC has new Deal or No Deal episodes on Monday's, now.

Posted by: Chicken-Pirate | February 7, 2007 5:53 AM


Loved the show.Stupid move to take it off. I don't watch CSI or American Idol,,,,boring Wednesday nights on TV once again.

Posted by: Sonia M. | February 7, 2007 1:04 PM


I personally think that they should have put it on Thursdays. Nothings on and they wouldn't have had to compete against all the big rated shows like American Idol.

Posted by: Rebecca | February 7, 2007 4:03 PM


Why, Why Why?!?!?!?!

And with just THREE MORE EPS!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep it up CBS, and NBC will be beating you in teh ratings again!

Posted by: Mark | February 7, 2007 5:04 PM


My wife and I loved the show, and was ticked when we found out it was cancelled. Nothing to watch anymore on Wednesdays. It wouldnt be good to put it on Mondays not only because of NBC's Deal or No Deal, but because of (cable/satellites) WWE Monday Night RAW on USA network. That has the highest ratings on prime-time Monday nights. If anything CBS should air it on one of their cable stations.

Posted by: David | February 7, 2007 10:43 PM


Armed and famous was great!! I have a lot of respect for all the celebrities that took part in the show. They have guts!! They showed that they were human but at the same time they learned and did better each week. My hat is off to them!! Leave it to the tv station to pull it. Every time they put something decent on they cancel it. Why do they even bother. It would have been great to put on saturdays as there is NOTHING ON THEN!!!!!
Sorry to see it go. It would be nice if another station would pick it up.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 11, 2007 1:00 PM


I watched a past epesode last night on vh1 if I had known it was on CBS I would have been sure to watch it. As a former person who lived in Muncie it was great for me to see the cops working cause they didn't before.

Posted by: Fran | February 11, 2007 5:10 PM


I feel like every time something clean for the family comes on CBS DOES NOT LISTEN TO ITS VIEWERS. GET THE MESSAGE CBS, DONT KEEP PULLING SHOWS JUST BECAUSE IT DOESENT HAVE LANGUAGE OR SEX. Well its to bad that good tv shows are getting the boot. I just about dont watch TV any more. Well I guess that means just more movies for our house. Thanks to CBS.

Posted by: CH | February 12, 2007 1:41 PM


Personally I thought this was a really good show. Funny, serious, emotional, all the emotional gambits of life that as a police officer you see and go through. To try to stack any show against Idol is stupid on CBS's part. I think CBS would have been smarter to move it to another time slot. It really was an entertaining show and worth watching.

Prescott AZ

Posted by: Dennis | February 13, 2007 7:34 AM


I thought this was a great show. I had the Tivo set so I wouldn't miss it. I agree with some of the other comments, put it on a different night and see what ratings it will get. Also, very impressed with Jack Osbourne. He would make a great full-time cop!

Posted by: Ricki | February 13, 2007 9:10 PM


I love armed and famous!!! I'm so sick of stupid shows like Idol where it's the same thing every time. Armed and Famous was fresh, interesting and fun! It was totally awesome to see the rookies grow with each day and see the people they helped. CBS is stupid to expect anything more if you put it up against something like Idol. The should have kept the show and moved it to another time. I loved it! p.s. I have two cops in my family and they loved it to!

Posted by: Michael | February 15, 2007 5:09 PM


It's typical of CBSto cancel shows that people like. That is the way they work.

Posted by: Joanne | February 22, 2007 12:20 PM


To bad that the negative comments about Armed and Famous ..... shows me the depth of their little minds..there are things to be learned from the show instead of the stupid show opposite it...well thats television for you...

Posted by: Jim Dilley | February 23, 2007 9:39 AM


To bad that the negative comments about Armed and Famous ..... shows me the depth of their little minds..there are things to be learned from the show instead of the stupid show opposite it...well thats television for you...

Posted by: Jim Dilley | February 23, 2007 9:40 AM


I am so upset that Armed and Famous was cancelled. American Idol is old news, and I can't believe that people would rather watch that than this show. There's more to learn from a group of new police officers, than a handful of people who know how to sing. I don't know what this world is coming to. I hope they at least put the season on DVD so I can watch the episodes that never aired. It's a damn shame.

Posted by: Rachel | February 26, 2007 3:34 PM


omgosh i love this show!! saw only a couple of episodes but it got me hooked. no wonder i couldn't watch the show on CBS. sad to hear it go.

Posted by: anna | February 28, 2007 8:50 PM


I really enjoyed this show. I was getting my whole family into watching it and it goes off the air. I feel it was a good product that didn't get enough air time. Most of the other stuff on TV is so low brow. Give us a break and bring it back. There are too few tv shows the whole family can watch together. Maybe I should just stick with watching shows on the disney channel with my kids...

Posted by: Jeff | March 2, 2007 12:36 PM


My wife and I thought that this was going to be the stupidest show on tv when we heard about it. I don't know why we watched the first episode but we LOVED it. We tuned in every week to see what was going to happen next. I had a feeling it was yanked but just confirmed it by reading this board. It's a shame. We really wanted to see how it finished. If someone knows if/when they will air the remaining episodes, please post it. Thanks.

Posted by: Andre' | March 2, 2007 3:28 PM


CBC - haven't you ever heard or recording an episode while watching another. I miss the show - it was alot of fun watching Latoya and the others being cops. Bring it back!!!!

Posted by: donna | March 8, 2007 5:10 PM


i like that show. cbs are asshole for taking off f**k amercan idol it's just the save music anyway

Posted by: slo | June 1, 2007 8:58 AM


This show was so entertaining
I miss the show at least you could run it in the summer instead of borning us to tears with a bunch of other shows.
My daughter and I both liked watching this show
2 thumbs down to CBS

Posted by: Joy | June 10, 2007 3:47 PM


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