In line with the recent shootings at Virginia Tech on Monday, April 16, Fox network has decided to pull a new episode of Bones out of the Wednesday lineup. Fox was apprehensive about its timely and coincidental plot line, which featured the exploration of human remains on a college campus.
According to CNN, the Virginia Tech shootings left 33 people dead, and many injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history. FOX is not taking a gamble in the wake of such a sensitive issue. A representative from the network told E! News, “Out of sensitivity to the victims and families touched by this senseless tragedy, we felt the change was appropriate.”
The episode of Bones, which was supposedly intended for April 18, follows Dr. Temperance Brennan, played by Emily Deschanel, and FBI Special Agent Seely Booth, played by David Boreanaz, at a college campus as they explore the remains of the school’s star basketball player, trampled under a set of courtside bleachers. Determined to know the cause of death, they reconstructed the victim’s skull, finding out that the victim was dead even before the bleachers fell on him. Booth and Brennan pursued the case by interviewing the victim’s girlfriend and his friends for ulterior motives for his murder. Later, they realize that more than one person may be involved in scheming his death. As of the moment, the network has not yet settled on when the episode will air.
As luck would have it, this is not the first time a show starring Boreanaz has rescheduled its episode in respect of a tragic school shooting. Subsequent to the Columbine High School shootings in April 1999, the WB network postponed two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, concerned that its plot, which featured students armed with guns, was inappropriate.
-Kris, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: E! Online
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