Networks change line-ups
BY LORI RACKL TV Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org December 15, 2012 4:42PM
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:48AM
The school shootings in Newtown, Conn., forced television networks to make some last-minute changes to their schedules.
TheFutonCritic.com reported that Fox has pulled Sunday’s episodes of its irreverent animated series “Family Guy” and “American Dad.” While no official reason was given, the episodes in question — “Jesus, Mary and Joseph!” and “Minstrel Krampus” — were said to feature sensitive content in light of Friday’s tragedy. Repeats of both shows will air instead. The network also will replace Sunday’s scheduled rerun of “The Cleveland Show” (“Die Semi-Hard”) with another repeat, “Menace II Secret Society.”
This isn’t the first time Fox has rejiggered its Sunday night animated comedy block in the wake of a catastrophe. In April 2011, the network had planned a hurricane-themed storyline to run through three of its sitcoms: “Family Guy,” “The Cleveland Show” and “American Dad.” Fox backed away from the much-hyped plans after a series of storms left hundreds dead in the Southeast.
On the Syfy network, a Friday episode of the supernatural drama “Haven” was shelved indefinitely because it contained scenes of violence at a high school.
Guest star Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”) was slated to appear as a vengeful wife who at one point walks a high school’s halls carrying a gun. Vandervoort told TVLine that she was proud of the network and the show’s decision to pull the program.
“I feel immense pain and sympathy for the families and children [in Newtown] and couldn’t bear the thought of the images in [Friday’s] episode upsetting people,” Vandervoort was quoted as saying in TVLine.