american-dad

Hollywood reacts to tragedy by pulling shows, delaying movie premiere

Dec. 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM ET

Updated at 2:14 p.m. PT: In the wake of Friday's tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 young children and six adults dead, Hollywood is changing its plans for several shows and a movie due to their sensitive content.

Paramount Pictures is postponing the Pittsburgh premiere of the new Tom Cruise action film, "Jack Reacher."

"Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing (Saturday's) Pittsburgh premiere of 'Jack Reacher,' " the studio said in a statement Friday night. "Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones." 

The film -- based on the novels by Lee Child -- opens with what The Hollywood Reporter's review calls a "disturbing" scene showing a sniper killing five people. Cruise plays the title character, a mysterious man who is a former U.S. Army police major. The movie is scheduled to open Dec. 21.

Movie studio 20th Century Fox is canceling the red carpet press event and after party for its Saturday screening of "Parental Guidance," starring Bette Midler, Billy Crystal and Marisa Tomei, according to Deadline.com. The film will still be screened.

The Fox network is also making changes to its popular Sunday Animation Domination block after Friday's massacre. The network confirmed to TODAY.com that original episodes of "Family Guy" and "American Dad" will not air as scheduled. The episodes -- "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" from "Family Guy" and "Minstrel Krampus" from "American Dad" -- will instead be replaced by reruns of the animated comedies.

Fox indicated the programming change was made to avoid airing what might be considered sensitive content after the Newtown shooting.

"The Cleveland Show," "The Simpsons" and "Bob's Burgers" are still scheduled to air original episodes.

On Friday night, Syfy opted not to air its latest new episode of "Haven," which featured scenes of violence in a high school. The network has not indicated when the episode will air. The season finale is scheduled for Dec. 21.

Related content:

More in Entertainment:

TOP