Paris Attacks Prompt Changes to Terror-Themed Shows Like Supergirl and Homeland

CBS and TNT postpone episodes

Following Friday's attacks in Paris, several networks have made changes to TV shows that echoed those awful real-life events. CBS and TNT have delayed episodes of their shows set to air tonight with storylines that uncomfortably parallel the events in France, while other networks opted to air their shows as planned, adding content advisory warnings.

On Sunday, CBS announced it was pulling episodes of Supergirl and NCIS: Los Angeles that had been scheduled for tonight, substituting them with less controversial episodes. Supergirl's episode involved the superhero trying to stop a series of bombings in the city, while NCIS: Los Angeles focused on the team's search for a missing teenager who may have been recruited by a terrorist organization. CBS hasn't yet decided when those episodes will air.

This morning, TNT pulled the episode of its drama Legends originally scheduled for tonight. It centered around a potentially violent and deadly protest in Paris. The network hasn't said what will air in its place. 

Meanwhile, two Sunday night dramas that are routinely focused on storylines about terrorism, both foreign and domestic, aired as planned, with program advisories inserted beforehand. Before last night's Quantico, ABC included an advisory that read, "In light of recent world events, the following drama contains especially impactful subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised." On Showtime, Homeland's advisory was more pointed: "In light of this week's tragic events in Paris, we remind viewers that Homeland contains content that some may find upsetting."



UPDATE: While Discovery Communications did not make any changes to its U.S. programming as a result of the Paris attracks, a Discovery International rep said that its two France channels—Discovery Channel and Discovery Science—removed all content from the schedule this week that showcased weapons, terrorism or the military. 

This is the first real-life tragedy that prompted changes to scripted programming since the Aug. 26 Virginia shootings where a TV reporter and photographer were killed by a former colleague. USA delayed that night's season finale of Mr. Robot—which contained a scene with an on-air shooting that eerily echoed that morning's events—for a week.

Even shows that don't deal with terrorism plots were affected by the news from Paris. As the tragedy unfolded, NBC canceled that evening's live broadcast of its sitcom Undateable.

Saturday Night Live went on as scheduled, replacing its traditional cold open sketch, with Cecily Strong's poignant reflection, in both English and French.

Soon after Friday's attacks, HBO and U2 postponed the live U2 Paris concert that had been scheduled for Saturday night, announcing in a statement that they "are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at the appropriate time."