CBS Shuffles Episodes of ‘Supergirl,’ ‘NCIS: LA’ Following Paris Attacks

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UPDATED: CBS announced on Tuesday a Nov. 23 air date for the episodes of “Supergirl” and “NCIS: LA” that it had pulled after the Paris terrorist attacks.

CBS had held each episode a week in the wake of Friday’s news because of plotlines that mirror the real-world violence.

The delayed episode of “Supergirl,” which would have been the fifth installment in freshman 8 p.m. drama, involves the title character saving the city from a series of bombings. The episode that was been swapped in, “Livewire,” revolves around her relationship with her foster mother, played by Helen Slater, who limned Supergirl in the 1984 feature.

The “NCIS: LA” episode revolves around the search for a teenage girl who has been recruited into a terrorist organization. The new episode, “The Long Goodbye,” focused on the search for a missing woman that LL Cool J’s Sam Hanna character helped earn asylum in the U.S.

On Friday, the day of the attacks, NBC canceled a planned live episode of “Undateable,” and replaced it with a rerun. The show’s cast and writers took to social media to offer their support to the victims.

A week’s waiting period is becoming the norm for these situations. Last summer, both USA’s “Mr. Robot” and IFC’s “Documentary Now!” waited that length of time to air episodes that had been pulled after they were deemed too similar to the WDBJ shooting in Virginia.

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  1. Adam says:

    The Terrorist Have Won. Keep the sequence you messing up the continuity btwn episodes. It ain’t 1960 with only 2 or 3 stations anymore.

    That group photo might as well say “We Surrender” on it instead of symbol

    Put on the shows. The 18- to 49 yr olds can deal and understand Super girl is a make believe world. You do know their are shootings and bombings everyday in this world

  2. Sr says:

    Why bother changing the shows if people don’t want to watch that on a show then they can leave the tv off

  3. Milo says:

    What a moment? Will we ever see “How Does She Do It?” or is it going to be treated like it doesn’t exist now? Lame.

    I’m sorry, but there are bombing every week around the world and people die or get serious hurt in every one of them. Why do studios only pull crap like this when one of those bombings happens on American soil or the soil of one of our allies? So Lebanese lives don’t matter enough to cancel a TV show episode? As these bombing become more frequent in the Western World, are we just going to cancel more and more TV shows and movies in response? Does anyone feel that will actually make a difference? That a lot of good TV in the future that people will never get to enjoy all out of fear of something.

  4. Russell Rogers says:

    Monday’s Supergirl episode would have been the 4th and Livewire the 5th.

  5. wilavitt says:

    Who wrote this garbage? This week’s episode of Supergirl is #4, not 5 and “limned”? What the hell is that? Does your system not have spell check, Variety? Or are your writers just lazy?

  6. srvwp2013 says:

    It is well too far past long that Hollywood got the message from 9/11 about living in reality and realizing that we do no live in “normal” times by any stretch of the imagination. There are those who say that if Hollywood stops doing what it is doing then the terrorists will have won. At this point the terrorists have already won. Hollywood’s job for France, for America, for the World is to wake up, get serious, and if it has to go to work everyday, at least go to work producing something other than schlock and dreck.

    • Roy says:

      There’s nothing wrong with escapist entertainment, but there’s something wrong when fantasy has to be delayed when reality gets too close to it.

  7. Mary says:

    Actually the Supergirl episode that was to air on Monday is the fourth episode. The one they will be showing instead is the fifth episode.

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