'The Simpsons' 'nuclear' episodes unwelcome in Germany
Episodes of "The Simpsons" that feature references to nuclear disasters will not be shown in Germany due to the recent Japan disasters that have threatened one of its own atomic plants, one of the country's broadcasters says.
On FOX's hit satirical animated series, patriarch Homer Simpson works at a nuclear power plant and is known for being careless and lazy in his personal and professional life.
"We are checking all the episodes and we won't show any suspect ones, but we won't cut any scenes," Stella Rodger, a spokeswoman for private German broadcaster Pro7, told French news wire Agence France-Presse. "We haven't postponed any yet. Of course we can't completely change the entire content."
Workers in Japan are currently working to stop a potential meltdown of a nuclear plant in Fukushima following a deadly earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on March 11.
Networks in Austria and Switzerland are also screening shows for "unsuitable" references to nuclear disaster, the Hollywood Reporter said, adding that Austria's ORF channel has already pulled two episodes, one of which features scientists Marie Curie and Pierre Curie dying of radiation poisoning.
Al Jean, executive producer of "The Simpsons," told Entertainment Weekly that the show "would never make light of what's happening in Japan" in future episodes, adding that Homer Simpson would keep his job at the power plant.