I don’t know how many of you spent half of your college careers sitting on a couch watching reruns of “World’s Wildest Police Videos,” but for those of you who did, I have excellent news: the son of the original executive producer is bringing the series back.
Paul Stojanovich Jr. practically grew up in the back of patrol cars, spending time with his father, the executive producer of “World’s Wildest Police Videos.” Sadly, the elder Paul Stojanovich died accidentally in 2003, at the age of 47. But his son, now 28, is looking to carry on his father’s legacy by bringing back “Police Videos,” which premieres Monday at 8/7c on Spike TV.
“Police Videos” hasn’t messed with the formula: Wild high-speed car chases, deadly bank robberies and attempted heists gone bad are all still a part of the diet. (“Reality porn,” Stojanovich quips.) Retired sheriff John Bunnell is even back to resume his role as host, 10 years after “World’s Wildest Police Videos” ended its three-season run on Fox. [TV Guide]
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you all of something: Sheriff John Bunnell is great. Sure, the videos of police chases and stupid criminals are fun, but the little staged intros Bunnell did to set them up were easily the highlight of the show. He was always walking through a SWAT team raid or climbing into a helicopter like he was so busy being a sheriff that he had to film them all on the fly, and everyone in the background acted like it was perfectly normal for some guy to be delivering cheesy one-liners while they were kicking down doors or resuscitating the victim of a violent crime. He’s like David Caruso without the sunglasses, and the world is a better place with him back in our lives.