Paris attacks: American TV joins entertainers in cancelling shows, issues warnings

HBO's TV show Homeland, starring Clair Danes, warned viewers and issued condolences to Paris before airing its latest episode on Sunday night.
HBO's TV show Homeland, starring Clair Danes, warned viewers and issued condolences to Paris before airing its latest episode on Sunday night. PHOTO: FX

CLEVELAND/NEW YORK - HBO issued a warning before airing its latest episode of its hit TV series Homeland, which has fictional plotlines involving a group of the CIA agents and their war on terror, on Sunday, while other American TV networks rescheduled episodes of two of some shows entirely.

Prior to the Homeland episode Oriole, fans were informed: "In light of this week's tragic events in Paris, we remind viewers that Homeland contains content that some may find upsetting."

HBO ended the brief warning by sharing its condolences: "We extend our deepest sympathies to all touched by the Paris attacks."

CBS, however, chose instead to reschedule episodes of Supergirl and NCIS Los Angeles that it felt were inappropriate in light of the events . Reuters reported the network saying on Sunday that it was doing so in deference to sensitivities arising from Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, in another gesture of respect made by the US entertainment industry following the tragedy, Reuters reported.

The network rescheduled today's episode of Supergirl, a new television spin-off of Superman about a young, female superhero, dealt with bombings in the fictitious National City. In its place. CBS will air an episode focusing on the US Thanksgiving holiday.

NCIS Los Angeles, a law enforcement drama, had been scheduled to air an episode today about women recruited by extremist organisations. In its place the network said it will broadcast an episode unrelated to warfare or religious extremism.

Lionsgate Films, a division of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, on Sunday said it was scraping red carpet interviews at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The studio said it was doing so "out of respect for the very recent events in Paris".

CBS did not say when the episodes that were pulled would run.

Saturday Night Live, NBC's long-running comedy sketch show, opened with a subdued tribute to Paris, with cast member Cecily Strong delivering a message of "love and support" in French.

Entertainment companies sometimes delay, swap or cancel movies or television episodes after tragic events, Reuters noted.

The Sept 11, 2001, attacks on New York's World Trade Centre and the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., for example, led to the cancellation or rescheduling of many movies and shows dealing with extreme violence or large-scale attacks.

A Paris concert scheduled for Saturday night by Irish band U2 was cancelled due to the state of emergency across France, and the American rock band Foo Fighters cancelled the rest of its European tour on Saturday.

Today Prince also announced Vienna's Wiener Konzerthaus, announcing that he would not appear at Vienna's Wiener Konzerthaus on Nov 24 as planned, Reuters reported.

"Due to the tragic events in Paris, the tour promoter has decided to postpone the upcoming European tour until further notice," the venue said on its website.

Reports published in France by Agence France Presse and on websites said Prince had also cancelled two shows scheduled for early December at the Palais Garnier in Paris.