14 Things That Were Postponed Or Altered Because of Real Tragedies

Tragedy will sometimes force the alteration, postponement, or outright cancellation of a piece of entertainment. Whether these involve the participants, such as several cancelled reality shows, or outside forces intervening, it's often a scramble to put together new versions of a film, or find a new release date that honors what's happened, but still upholds the integrity of the art.

The September 11th attacks, in particular, had an effect on a number of films, TV series, and albums. Many were heavily edited or moved around on release schedules, and one film was cancelled altogether, due to it being set in the World Trade Center itself. Other works have been postponed due to shootings or news events, where it was judged that a little bit of human decency was more important than ratings or a good first weekend box office. In a few cases, a postponement essentially tanked a film, but other times it had no real effect.

Here are the movies and TV series that were edited, postponed, or outright cancelled when real life made it necessary.

  • Supergirl, NCIS: Los Angeles, Legends

    Supergirl, NCIS: Los Angeles, Legends
    Photo: NCIS: Los Angeles / CBS
    After the coordinated terrorist attacks on Paris on November 13, 2015, a number of TV shows had terrorism-themed episodes postponed. CBS shows Supergirl and NCIS: Los Angeles both switched their schedules around to air future episodes, and the TNT drama Legends replaced their scheduled episode with a rerun.
  • American Horror Story: Cult
    Photo: FX

    The sixth episode of American Horror Story: Cult was reportedly supposed to include a mass shooting scene. However, following the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017, FX decided to heavily edit the scene. The network released a statement:

    This opening, which was filmed two months ago and which portrays an occurrence of gun violence that has sadly become all too common in our country, contains a sequence that some viewers might find traumatic.

  • Mr. Robot Season 1 Finale

    The August 26, 2015 season finale of the USA drama Mr. Robot was postponed for a week because it contained similarities to the tragic on-air shooting of a news anchor and camera operator that occured in Virginia that same day.

  • The Discovery Channel reality show about a family of gunmakers, was cancelled after two seasons in December 2012, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook School massacre.