HBO has quietly withdrawn all of its print and on-air advertising for “Band of Brothers” because of worry that images of World War II are inappropriate in the light of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
But the network will continue to play the episodes of “Band of Brothers” as scheduled on Sunday at 9 p.m., with three additional runs repeated over the next six days. The promotional spots for the 10-hour miniseries will also continue to run on HBO.
The irony of HBO’s dropping its ad campaign for “Band of Brothers” is that the miniseries glorifies American soldiers as crucial in the Allied victory over the fascist Axis powers, led by the Nazis, that threatened Western democracy.
As America prepares to do battle with terrorists, “Band of Brothers” has a flag-waving authenticity that could prove a tonic in these depressing times.
In its two-hour premiere on Sept. 9, “Band of Brothers” harvested a stunning 17.9 rating, reaching 6.2 million households, which made it the highest-rated longform program in the history of HBO.