Southern Justice has likely ‘run its course’




(File photo) Former ACSO Deputy Josh Hopkins administers a field sobriety test on an episode of Southern Justice.


JEFFERSON-“Southern Justice” – the true crime TV show that focuses on the day-to-day operations of the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office – could soon be destined for the “watch again” queue on Netflix or Hulu.

The show recently capped off its third season on National Geographic and uncertainty remains as to whether or not it will return next spring.

Ashe County Sheriff James Williams talked to the show’s producer recently. He indicated that Nat Geo is interested in veering away from law enforcement themed TV shows as it ventures into new waters.

“He (the producer) said he was a little surprised when they picked it up the last time, but the reason they did so was because it was such a popular show,” Williams said.

Williams added that he wouldn’t be “heart broken” if the show didn’t return.

“It’s probably ran its course,” he said.

Williams noted that the show has been taxing at times for his deputies as they are often saddled with camera equipment and countless hours on the road with a camera mere inches from their face at all times.

Over the past three years, the show has generated approximately $120,000 for the sheriff’s office and county.

Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.

(File photo) Former ACSO Deputy Josh Hopkins administers a field sobriety test on an episode of Southern Justice.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_SouthernJustice1.jpg(File photo) Former ACSO Deputy Josh Hopkins administers a field sobriety test on an episode of Southern Justice.
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