However, during the shooting—and especially the editing—they realized the police element was more interesting than the sketches, and the finished pilot was, according to Robert Ben Garant, "remarkably similar" to the series that eventually aired. According to Lennon, their decision not to pick the show up was influenced by a scene, preserved in the eventual Comedy Central pilot, involving Lt. It was another two years before Comedy Central greenlit the project.The establishing shots for the show were filmed in Reno, and everything else was filmed in Los Angeles and Carson, California, with some parts filmed in Oregon.While Michael Showalter was the exception on the TV series, he appeared in the film, along with all of the cast members of The State. In the film, the deputies are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupts a national police convention and locks over 2000 police officers in a hotel in Miami Beach during spring break.In December 2017, Nash said another film is in the works.
It is a mockumentary-style parody of law enforcement documentary shows, specifically Cops, with comic actors playing the police officers. Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver all starred in and are billed as creators of the series.
are portrayed by comedian friends of the primary cast, and the cast themselves, while disguising their voices and general appearance (and, whose faces were blurred in the style of Cops).
The show's characters occasionally refer to their own program.
: Miami was released in North America, featuring the complete TV series cast.
The Season Four spring debut drew 1.3 million viewers during the week of March 26 to April 1, 2007.