Delaying TV programs after tragic events: Does it matter?

New TV programs are being delayed again and some viewers are miffed. As you might assume, after the tragedy in Dallas this past week the climate of the viewers right now has Hollywood executives being extremely careful on rolling out new programming. The horrific scenes shown on news programs were beyond what most people imagined. Shots were ringing out in the downtown area of Dallas and law enforcement agents were killed in the line of duty. Anyone with a pulse offered their condolences on this terrible situation as it unfolded on live television and the nation is mourning the loss of life.

In Hollywood, the awful situation had the executives at USA Network pushing off a new series called Shooter. It was intended to premiere this week, but the events of the real shooting and the similarity to the real events obviously was too much for some to give the green light. Which makes some people ask if pushing back the series really does matter? The content won’t be changing and the scenario might be similar, so why move it to another time? Especially after all the promotion? The TV program hasn’t been seen by the public yet, so this question might not be answered with USA Network’s decision. This has happened in Hollywood before and it’s impacting the bottom line as well as the overall release calendars.

TV programs are too close to real situations

It’s rude to even suggest that Hollywood shouldn’t acknowledge the social and sometimes brutal climate of our world. It must happen, but does it need to be so drastic? If Hollywood executives decide to start changing the calendar for every tragic event, it could be problematic. If the calendar changes for some events (but not all) it could be a bad PR move too.  What makes one thing more tragic than another? Plus those few nefarious people out there are going to take notice and manipulate the way Hollywood works. Think about how the events of the past were changed based on tragedies. The horrific shooting at a movie theater in Colorado had the Dark Knight Rises premiere cancelled. The Tony Awards had a shortened red carpet event, in part, to pay tribute to the victims. Drastic and altering from plans made weeks in advance, this is a tough choice.

Hollywood will need to come up with a plan to balance life with entertainment. Stopping everything, including TV programs doesn’t seem to be the answer. Then again, the old saying “The show must go on,” might not be the answer either.

About the author
Jodi Jill currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog Addo. Sharing her love of books and words, she is a literacy speaker, professional writer and syndicated columnist.

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