CBS has pulled Monday’s originally-scheduled episodes of Supergirl and NCIS: Los Angeles in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris that left more than 130 people dead.
Different episodes of each series will air instead. According to a CBS insider, the move was made “out of sensitivity and respect to the events that occurred.”
The scrapped Supergirl episode. titled “How Does She Do It?” had Kara dealing with bombings throughout National City. It will be replaced by the Thanksgiving-themed “Livewire,” which was originally scheduled to air the following week. Meanwhile, the ditched NCIS: Los Angeles outing, “Defectors,” involved ISIS recruiting young women. The Dec. 7 installment “The Long Goodbye,” will air in its place.
This move is understandable by CBS IMO but i’m sure the network will air both those episodes eventually.
I agree that it is understandable. As for CBS airing both of those episodes eventually, I’m not sure. People are too sensitive to things like this these days. So, regarding those episodes being aired, I’m basically saying “If CBS can/want to.” Otherwise, it is going to be on DVD.
And will the series progression make sense with a missing (or out-of-order) episode?
This is CBS. There are no character or story arcs.
There is on Supergirl but I’m sure any progression would have been minimal since it’s only 3 episodes in.
Person of Interest is all story arc
^^^ perfect comment is perfect.
I think it’s a mistake to play Supergirl episodes out of order. Just do a rerun or do a news special or something.
When Columbine happened, Buffy the Vampire Slayer chose not to air two episodes (the one scheduled for that week, and then later the season finale). Continuity may be an issue, but we suspend our disbelief for these shows lots of times when things happen “off screen” and shows have been known to air episodes out of order too. So the continuity thing isn’t an issue for me.
“Thanksgiving themed” episodes may easily be rather standalone with little to no storyline progression and so not disrupt the overall arc.
They probably figured a feel good episode would make sense. I’d reair the pilot episode or a couple episodes of a sitcom. I wonder if Supergirl will make it through the whole season.
How will this affect continuity. Will their be some last minute editing?
probably minimal oftentimes the “holiday episodes” are designed to be pretty self-contained
I think CBS is making the right move for now, but I’m sure the episodes will eventually air. I’m shocked that Quantico is going to air its episode tonight. I was expecting ABC to pull it and air something else considering tonight’s episode is about another possible bomb in New York and an ISIS like terrorists cell.
The whole series is about a terrorism plot so they would have to pull the entire series under these terms.
True, but this week in particular is centered around another terrorist attack happening in New York in addition to the other bombing that just happened on the show. I would think that postponing the episode would be the better thing for now.
Tamara does have a valid point. Let’s be honest, there are two reasons CBS is pulling these episodes. 1) respect for the victims in Paris. 2) viewers that might watch the episode without knowing the content. Number 1 is still in place for Quantico and ABC, but number 2 is not.
I guess you guys are right in that context.
It make believe ridiculous
I applaud CBS for making this decision in light of what happened in Paris. I have no doubt that CBS will know when the right time is to air those episodes. Pray for Paris.
I am always shocked when tragedies happen like this, how shows had planned to air a similar type of episode that week. Props to CBS for choosing to not air Supergirl or NCIS tomorrow night, hopefully ABC will make the same choice about Quantico tonight.
Nope,likely nothing major happens in Quantico tonight.Will likely be more investigating.
Yup more soap
Right? I was going to make the same exact comment.
NCIS is airing its scheduled episode on Tuesday night, it’s NCIS:Los Angeles that airs on Monday nights and chose to postpone their scheduled episode.
Super bummer for Supergirl. ;-(
BTW, thank goodness CBS didn’t replace an episode of Scorpion.
Some crisis at a chess tournament might hold fewer trigger events.
I imagine we’ll see CBS air two back to back episodes of both shows in the coming month so as to bring their narratives back on track.
I just think changing tv means the terrorists win. Maybe I’m just too desensitized to it, as a top-end millennial whose nation as been at war for half of my life.
I don’t see it that way. Usually, the episodes air later. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they aired the following week. It’s just tacky to air it right now for those who are grieving/hurt. We can fight fictional terrorists later. And I’m sure we will.
CBS couldn’t stop the prolific Madam Secretary last week. On that ep they actually blew up Jihadi John and two days later that’s exactly what happened.
I thought of this too!
I think CBS is being too politically correct , but because of the tragedy in Paris , silence is in order.
Let the game spin out ,don’t cop out on the Truth!
If it’s meant as respect for France, I’m all for it. But if it’s because they’re worried about offending the psyches of those who’ve grown up playing online games with the object of killing as many people as possible, I find it a little hypocritical. Supergirl and NCIS: LA are not even on my “violent tv shows” list. I rather appreciated the unplanned timing of last Sunday’s Madame Secretary. Perhaps an episode where a terrorist plot is foiled would be more welcome than the numerous shootings, knifings, draining-blood or eating-of-people, etc. on way more violent shows.
Stupid…let’s pull them so the ongoing storyline on Supergirl is out of sequence. We change our lives, the terrorists win!
I actually of the mindset that shows have nothing to do with real life. Whether Supergirl or NCIS goes on air or not has nothing to do with the horrific things happening around the world. I don’t applaud CBS for taking them off the air. I’d applaud them if they actually did something! But not airing a show whatever it’s nothing a meaningless gesture that makes us talk about CBS and not the actual real issue of what happened in Paris and around the world.
Yet, if they aired these episodes on schedule, mobs of people would scream “INSENSITIVE!” Since the networks can’t win, I’d rather they err on the side of respect.
CBS should make the skipped episodes available on demand with a warning in the description. That way overly sensitive people can’t just stumble upon the episode live, but non-casual viewers will have the freedom of choice to avoid continuity errors and skipped character development. Also, ISIS has done enough already to attack free western society we don’t to give them more wins by feeding into Censorship and letting them take away episodes of our favorite escapisms we use to escape them.
Show rescheduling isn’t remotely “censorship” and no doubt the episodes will be broadcast in a week or so with no effect on the continuity. Their holiday ep just gets out a little early. Those are usually arc pauses anyway.
Making the decision for a viewers that they can’t watch an episode is censorship regardless of the reason. The point is, viewers have free will and should be allowed to watch whatever they want as long as the content is legal. There is a term for this in television called Viewer Discretion and all CBS really needs to do is issue a Viewer Discretion is Advised graphic and respect peoples capacity to exercise Viewer Discretion instead of implementing Network Discretion, which is another Term for Censorship.
i think it was buffy that after columbine took two eps out of that season and we didn’t see them till dvd
You keep using the word “censorship” incorrectly, when it’s their own product being regulated. Go spend 10 minutes with a dictionary and get back to us.
It’s called self-censorship and it is done out of fear of offending a few people who overreact and to whom it has not occurred that not watching is an option.
I expect that the episodes will air the following week – they’re not going to just dump them.
I think this is action is pre-emption as opposed to censorship considering the rescheduled episode will be shown in a week or two. Had this attack occurred in the USA instead of France maybe showing support for the pain of others and will be seen by ISIS as something they can’t figure out and we will have won somehow. I wouldn’t mind seeing a rerun if it offers comfort to someone anywhere. But we’re still getting a new episode and should see the episodes scheduled to air tomorrow very soon. That’s called rescheduling, not censorship according to my dictionary.
Im sure it will air eventually, though not for awhie. The Buffy Episode “Earshot” which was supposed to air a couple days after columbine, aired almost six months later.
This really sucks…. I hate when they do this. One thing has no relation with the other.
They should release the original Supergirl episode online tomorrow so interested parties can watch the episode ahead of the new one!
And lose the ad money? Nope.
online streaming has a stronger ability to force a person to stay in the room and watch the ads so there should be no loss of ad revenue. Then again we are talking about CBS the only network that has any shows that have enough traditional viewers to actually give any credence to the archaic Nielsen ratings system
I actually watch Supergirl at cbs.com and you HAVE to watch the ads. so there is no loss of money, trust me.
In the SAME numbers as broadcast?
Not by millions.
Like most other angstfests I’m just going to wait until I see the actual episodes to form an opinion on whether this is an over reaction on CBS part ir a cautious or move with no significant disruption to their storylines. The same with those that run scheduled stuff.
I think it’d rather see Supergirl kicking some terrorist a$$ right now, but that’s just me.
The episode of NCIS: LA that they’re pulling isn’t just a stand-alone episode It includes a finale scene that rolls into the next episode, which deals with an ongoing plotline we’ve been waiting to see resolved since last season. By pulling the episode, they’re screwing up this entire line. If they’re afraid to air the ISIS plotline, they should re-edit the shows so the following episode can air on schedule. Are we really so childish that we can’t differentiate TV shows that were filmed weeks or months ago from something that happened in real life and has no connection?
It still depends on the content of the replacement. And if they simply delay that arc one by a week and still show them otherwise in order.
It’s simple Networks should respect Viewer Discretion and realize censorship just feeds into the terrorist ideologies against the western freedoms of thought and expression.
Do you know what goes into editing? You can’t just pull the questionable content without having something to go in its place. And it may not be that people can’t tell the difference between real or make believe. Some stuff triggers bad memories for some people. There is nothing wrong with that. Like I still get triggers about 9/11 when I hear the song I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty. Don’t think that makes me childish at all.
Smart move, or rather sensible move. But they shouldn’t air the episodes out of order. I understand there are advertising deals and a lot of money at stake but they could have aired reruns of both shows.
I just hope they’ll air those episodes very soon (like next week…).