In the wake of a tragedy like the Newtown, Conn. shooting, entertaining the masses can be a tough avenue to maneuver.
As celebrities tweet out their thoughts and prayers to the families and victims of the elementary school massacre, Hollywood is feeling the effects in more ways than one. Premieres have come to a halt, TV programming is being reworked, and new, menacing shadows are being cast over already produced material.
Ke$ha can certainly speak to the hampering aftermath. According to TMZ, “Die Young,” her unfortunately titled hit single that has more to do with living in the moment than actually checking out of existence early, is plummeting from radio station plays.
On Monday, a somber Conan O’Brien addressed his studio audience with a hoarse voice and a sunken demeanor, refusing to even attempt to pull from headlines for jokes.
Sunday’s season finales of Showtime’s hit series “Homeland” and “Dexter” prompted audiences with a message that the programs might prove “disturbing” in the wake of the tragic events that happened just two days earlier. (It didn’t stop both top shows from breaking viewership records, though.)
TLC put off the premiere its new series “Best Funeral Ever” until January for obvious reasons. The show documents a Dallas funeral home and was previously scheduled for a December 27 premiere date.
Another cablewave changeup came from HBO, who decided to substitute their weekend airing of Contraband, a violent drug-fueled thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, for the uplifting comedies Crazy, Stupid Love and the Arthur remake.
The Weinstein Co. canceled its Tuesday Los Angeles premiere of Django Unchained.
FOX cited the Newtown shooting as the reasoning behind putting an end to their premiere after party of “Parental Guidance.” The network released a statement that “the hearts of all involved with this film go out to the victims, their families, their community, and our entire nation in mourning.”
New episodes of “Family Guy” and “American Dad” were pulled this weekend to avoid comparisons between the shooting and a demon who punishes children at Christmas that the latter features.
On the singing competition show “The Voice,” the final contestants, coaches, and host Carson Daly took to the stage for a special tribute, singing “Hallelujah” while holding up the names of the victims.
Daytime talk shows “The View,” “Katie,” “Dr. Oz,” “Dr. Phil,” and “The Doctors,” all dedicated in-depth segments to the Sandy Hook victims on Monday.
A screening of Tom Cruise’s action-thriller Jack Reacher at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which included a Q&A with the actor, was canceled.