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As the entertainment industry scrambles to find the right way to respond to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Fox has announced that new episodes of Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy and American Dad will not air Sunday night as planned.
Fox said that the two new episodes will be replaced by repeats. According to TVByTheNumbers, Fox did not give a specific reason, but said that it contains “sensitive content “ in light of the shootings, with left 26 people dead, including 20 children.
The new episodes of The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show and Bob’s Burgers will still air as scheduled. Fox did change the 7 p.m. Cleveland Show repeat to a different episode, though.
The SyFy cable channel also made schedule changes last night. It rushed to pull the newest episode of Haven, which was scheduled to air Friday night at 10 p.m.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the episode featured violence at a high school, which the network deemed inappropriate to air less than 24 hours after the shootings. “In light of today’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we have decided not to air it,” the network said. “At this time, no decision has been made as to when the episode will air.”
Instead, SyFy aired Eureka’s holiday episode, “Do You See What I See.”
Haven stars Emily Rose as an FBI agent and the season finale is set to air on Dec. 21.
NBC’s Saturday Night Live will air its new episode as scheduled, notes The Hollywood Reporter. The episode features Martin Short as the guest host and Paul McCartney as the musical guest.