TBS has pulled the plug on their planned animated series The Cops from co-creators Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks. Last January, TBS gave the show a straight-to-series order for 10 episodes. But the network placed the show on suspension after C.K.’s admission of sexual misconduct in the wake of allegations first reported by The New York Times. In the story, five women accused the comedian of sexual harassment over the course of several years.
The allegations against C.K. confirmed long-standing rumors about the comedian’s conduct. C.K. became just one of an ever-increasing number of powerful entertainment and political figures accused of misconduct in recent months. The cascade of accusations has led to a full-on movement to end sexual harassment in Hollywood. That movement was front-and-center at last night’s Golden Globes, which among other things featured a powerful speech on the subject by Oprah Winfrey.
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Months after C.K. admitted to accusations of sexual misconduct, TBS has decided to finally shelve The Cops (via Deadline). The move comes as no surprise since production offices were closed and animators were already laid off. The decision comes after C.K. already had his production deal with FX canceled. The comedian previously had a fruitful relationship with FX, receiving full freedom to create his acclaimed autobiographical series Louie.
C.K. has also now lost executive producer credit on, and earnings from, other shows previously bearing his name including Baskets, One Mississippi and Better Things. The actor and director also saw The Orchard cancel plans to release his film I Love You, Daddy in the wake of the New York Times report and his subsequent admission. The Orchard paid $5 million for rights to the film after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. C.K. has since bought back rights to the film with possible plans to release it via his website.
HBO too recently cut ties with C.K., ending a relationship that had resulted in a series of acclaimed stand-up specials. Universal and Illumination also took the step of firing C.K. from doing voice work on The Secret Life of Pets 2. The comedian had already completed vocal work on Disney’s Gravity Falls, but the studio elected to redub his voice. The now canceled series The Cops would have starred C.K. and Brooks as police officers Lou and Al. The story was to follow the two cops both on the job, patrolling the streets of L.A., and at home as they navigated their marriages. The show would have premiered in 2018.
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