The world stands disturbed as the largest mass shooting in US history has occurred this past weekend in Orlando. The devastating attack was committed by an American-born man, Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS over a phone call with 911. Mateen killed 50 people and injured over 54 people at a gay bar located in Orlando, Florida.
When we watch movies and TV shows, we watch them for entertainment purposes. When things like a mass shooting happen in real life, it wakes people up (to say the least). When tragedies like this happen, the entertainment business is often affected. It is no different for the Orlando shootings.
The Last Ship Season Premiere Delayed
The Last Ship is an American drama series which airs on TNT. The two-hour premiere was originally slated to air this week. However, due to the Orlando shootings and respect to the victims and their families, the season premiere is being postponed. The episode has a lot of "similarities" to the Orlando shootings. Rumor has it that the season premiere consists of a scene involving a shooting at a Vietnamese nightclub. TNT came out with the following statement:
“As a result of the shootings this weekend in Orlando, tonight’s originally scheduled season premiere of 'The Last Ship' has been postponed. Our hearts are with the victims and their families.”
Ironic, huh? Believe it or not, this is not the first time where a scene is very similar to a big real life event and it has to be delayed or even deleted. Let's look at some prime examples.
Supergirl / NCIS: LA
You may remember this one, as it happened quite recently. The Paris attacks happened back in November and were a series of planned-out terrorist attacks with possible ISIS affiliations. These attacks didn't just affect one of CBS' shows but two of them: Supergirl and NCIS: LA.
Supergirl's upcoming scheduled episode featured National City being hit by a series of bombings and Kara trying to save the city. The episode was swapped out with the Thanksgiving-themed episode, which was originally scheduled for the week after. The episode was about Kara's foster mother coming to National City for Thanksgiving and Kara had to decide what to do about the whole Supergirl situation as her mom did not want her to reveal her powers. A lighthearted episode was definitely needed after the attacks. However, for someone who was watching Supergirl at the time (I stopped a few episodes later), the whole schedule became very confusing and out of place.
For NCIS: LA, the slated episode was deemed inappropriate to air after a terrorist attack. The episode was about the team searching for a teenage girl recently recruited by a terrorist organization. CBS made a wise decision to not air that terrorist-themed episode and instead aired the episode set to air on December 7th in replacement.
Even the annual Academy Awards, the most watched event on TV, has been delayed due to real-life events. The 40th Academy Awards honored film achievements of the year 1967 and was originally supposed to air on April 8, 1968. However, it was pushed back two days due to the shocking assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Producers agreed to postpone the event to respect the King and to allow famous African-American figures to attend his funeral, which occurred on April 7, 1968.
9/11 was a big event in US history and it affected more than one or two movies/TV episodes. There were many movies that removed the World Trade Center from their movies. A notable example is none other than the original Spider-Man. The trailers for Spider-Man originally showed a scene where Spider-Man caught a helicopter in his web placed in between the Twin Towers. The scene was edited out of the trailers and taken out of the movie. In response to the attacks, the iconic scene where Spider-Man grabs onto the American flagpole was added as a replacement. Sad you can't watch this original scene? No worries, you can watch it below:
Bruno isn't the best critically acclaimed comedy of all time, but one certain scene could have stirred up a lot more controversy. There was one scene in the movie where Bruno mocks LaToya Jackson. This was a problem because Michael Jackson had just passed away — the same day of the Hollywood premiere. The filmmakers had to makes some cuts and edit a lot of the film only hours before the film's release. Talk about last minute!
Last but not least is the season finale of Mr. Robot. On August 26, 2015, Allison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed live on television. The murder of the reporter and her cameraman was heard all across the nation. That day, USA announced that they would be pushing back the season finale of Mr. Robot by one week, as the episode shared a very similar scene to the recent shootings. USA shared the following statement:
The previously filmed season finale of 'Mr. Robot' contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time.