NBC pulls ‘Cheers’ promos

NBC hastily yanked promotional spots Thursday for a “Cheers” episode about a postal carrier thought to have killed his mother — a plot eerily similar to a real-life slaying the same day.

Although the spots promoting Thursday’s special hourlong episode of the NBC sitcom were pulled, the show aired as scheduled, said network spokeswoman Pat Schultz.

In the episode, postal worker Cliff Clavin’s mother vanishes from the apartment they share and the “Cheers” gang begins to suspect he may have killed her.

Viewers realize early in the show, however, that Cliff (John Ratzenberger) has sent his mother (Frances Sternhagen) to a rest home, Schultz said.

The plot, condensed for 30- and 60-second spots, might have been misleading in light of Thursday’s events, Schultz said.

In Dana Point, an affluent section of California’s Orange County, a fired postal worker on Thursday fatally shot a letter carrier and wounded a clerk at a post office, authorities and witnesses said.

Earlier Thursday, a disgruntled worker shot three people, killing one, at a post office garage in Dearborn, Mich. The gunman later was found dead.

More TV

  • Netflix placeholder

    Netflix Fires Executive Over Danny Masterson Comment

    NBC hastily yanked promotional spots Thursday for a “Cheers” episode about a postal carrier thought to have killed his mother — a plot eerily similar to a real-life slaying the same day. Although the spots promoting Thursday’s special hourlong episode of the NBC sitcom were pulled, the show aired as scheduled, said network spokeswoman Pat […]

  • SMILF Master of None Dirks Gently

    Fresh Voices in TV Who Broke Out in 2017

    NBC hastily yanked promotional spots Thursday for a “Cheers” episode about a postal carrier thought to have killed his mother — a plot eerily similar to a real-life slaying the same day. Although the spots promoting Thursday’s special hourlong episode of the NBC sitcom were pulled, the show aired as scheduled, said network spokeswoman Pat […]

  • The Good Fight

    TV News Roundup: 'The Good Fight' Sets Season 2 Premiere Date on CBS All Access

    NBC hastily yanked promotional spots Thursday for a “Cheers” episode about a postal carrier thought to have killed his mother — a plot eerily similar to a real-life slaying the same day. Although the spots promoting Thursday’s special hourlong episode of the NBC sitcom were pulled, the show aired as scheduled, said network spokeswoman Pat […]

  • Morning Joe MSNBC Joe Scarborough

    Cable News Ratings: MSNBC Posts Biggest Percentage Gains of 2017, Fox News Stays on Top

    NBC hastily yanked promotional spots Thursday for a “Cheers” episode about a postal carrier thought to have killed his mother — a plot eerily similar to a real-life slaying the same day. Although the spots promoting Thursday’s special hourlong episode of the NBC sitcom were pulled, the show aired as scheduled, said network spokeswoman Pat […]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: WEEKEND UPDATE --

    'SNL' Names Michael Che, Colin Jost Co-Head Writers

    NBC hastily yanked promotional spots Thursday for a “Cheers” episode about a postal carrier thought to have killed his mother — a plot eerily similar to a real-life slaying the same day. Although the spots promoting Thursday’s special hourlong episode of the NBC sitcom were pulled, the show aired as scheduled, said network spokeswoman Pat […]

  • Emmy Awards Placeholder

    TV Academy Announces Rule Changes for 2018 Emmy Awards

    NBC hastily yanked promotional spots Thursday for a “Cheers” episode about a postal carrier thought to have killed his mother — a plot eerily similar to a real-life slaying the same day. Although the spots promoting Thursday’s special hourlong episode of the NBC sitcom were pulled, the show aired as scheduled, said network spokeswoman Pat […]

  • Marvel's The Punisher Renewed for Season

    'Marvel's The Punisher' Renewed for Season 2

    NBC hastily yanked promotional spots Thursday for a “Cheers” episode about a postal carrier thought to have killed his mother — a plot eerily similar to a real-life slaying the same day. Although the spots promoting Thursday’s special hourlong episode of the NBC sitcom were pulled, the show aired as scheduled, said network spokeswoman Pat […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content