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CBS delays terrorism-themed ‘Supergirl’, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ episodes after Paris attacks

There's no word yet when those episodes will air.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Nov 16, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 3:44 pm CDT

CBS is swapping out Monday’s previously scheduled episodes of Supergirl and NCIS: Los Angeles after the Friday night Paris attacks  because of plotlines that dealt with terrorism.

Supergirl’s next episode, “How Does She Do It?”, centered around Kara’s efforts to stop a series of bombings in National City. Instead, tonight the series will air its Thanksgiving episode, “Livewire,” which was originally scheduled for Nov. 23. That episode will explore the relationship between Kara and her foster mother.

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NCIS: Los Angeles‘s Monday episode was focused on a girl who was recruited by a terrorist organization, which The Hollywood Reporter said was identified as ISIS in the show. That group, which calls itself the Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks. Instead, NCIS will also air its Nov. 23 episode, “Defectors,” which has the team trying to find a woman who LL Cool J’s character helped secure political asylum.

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It’s unclear when the original Nov. 16 episodes of Supergirl and NCIS: Los Angeles will air.

TNT also postponed an episode of its show Legends that takes place in Paris.

This isn’t the first time a TV network has delayed an episode of television because its plot mirrored tragic real-life events. Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller pulled the fourth episode of his show, which involved children killing other children, after in 2013 events of Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing. USA delayed the season finale of Mr. Robot in August following the deaths of WDBJ reporters Alison Parker and Adam Ward “out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers,” because the episode featured a scene similar to the shooting in Roanoke, Virginia.

In the wake of the Paris attacks, which killed at least 128 people, other concerts, premieres, and shows have been canceled or delayed out of respect to the victims. Undateable, which airs live episodes every week, canceled its live broadcast Friday night and later defended the decision after accusations of the move being a PR stunt. U2 canceled its concert Saturday night, which would have aired on HBO, and instead paid homage to the victims at the memorial site at the Bataclan. The Foo Fighters canceled its tour, which included stops in Paris, while Coldplay canceled a Tidal livestream concert and plans to reschedule it in the future.

The French premieres of Bridge of Spies and Legend have also been canceled, while the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will be scaled back. The event will still take place, but red carpet interviews will no longer take place.

Update 11:20am CT, Nov. 16: Added information about Legends episode.

H/T The Hollywood Reporter | Screengrab via Supergirl/YouTube

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*First Published: Nov 16, 2015, 12:43 pm CST