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.