'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' new episodes pulled in wake of Connecticut school shooting
New episodes of "Family Guy" and "American Dad" have been pulled from their scheduled broadcasts on Sunday, December 16, in wake of the elementary school shooting in Connecticut on Friday, December 14.
A spokesperson for Fox confirmed to OTRC.com that the network switched the episodes with repeats to avoid airing any potentially sensitive content following the tragedy.
The Futon Critic first reported the news and noted that original episodes of "The Cleveland Show," "The Simpsons" and "Bob's Burgers" will air as scheduled.
In place of original episodes of "Family Guy" and "American Dad" titled "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" and "Minstrel Krampus," which were scheduled to air at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., will be repeats of "Grumpy Old Man" and "Wheels & The Leg Man and the Case of Grandpa's Key."
The website notes this is the second time in recent years that Fox has pulled original episodes of the animated shows following a tragedy. In April 2011, the network canceled hurricane-themed cross over episodes after tornadoes damaged many areas in the south.
On Saturday, it was reported that the U.S. premiere of the Tom Cruise film "Jack Reacher" had been postponed as a result the shooting.
Official say that a suspected gunman, who was later identified by authorities as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and shot and killed 20 children and six adults. Authorities later discovered that Lanza, who took his own life after the shooting, also shot and killed his mother in their home.