The first of the programs pulled by the networks in the immediate aftermath of the tragic Friday school shooting in Connecticut has been rescheduled. The original Family Guy episode, which was slated to run last Sunday, will air this coming Sunday. Last Friday, Fox opted to preempt both Family Guy and American Dad. While I hear the American Dad episode does feature gun violence, I hear the holiday-themed edition of Family Guy does not contain violence but, in a typical Family Guy non-PC fashion, pokes fun at religion, which was deemed inappropriate for last weekend. There is no new airdate set yet for the pulled American Dad episode. Another American Dad original will air this Sunday. Last Friday’s episode of Syfy’s drama Haven, which also was pulled out of respect to the victims because it depicted violence, has been held back too, and I hear won’t air until mid-January.
The networks’ pre-emptions this past weekend also included ABC taking down briefly the Thursday winter finale of Scandal from its online player. It contained a scene of an innocent family with two small children who had been gunned down. The episode has since been restored.