Political correctness strikes again.
TVRage readers will recall that the horrific tragedy in Newtown, CT led to several TV related preemptions and/or postponements last weekend. The most high profile of those being Syfy's decision to pull the penultimate third season episode of "Haven" from its planned Friday at 10pm broadcast, and FOX's call to remove new episodes of Family Guy and American Dad from last Sunday's schedule.
Unfortunately, today brought both some good news and bad news for fans of the aforementioned shows. FOX announced that the previously pulled Family Guy episode (a Christmas special entitled "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!") will now air this Sunday night. That's the good news. The bad news is that Haven and American Dad fans are being left out in the cold for now, as neither of their respective networks would confirm a new premiere date for either preempted episode.
There is some speculation, but take this with a grain of salt for now, that the Haven episode (entitled "Reunion") will finally hit the airwaves in mid-January. As was previously reported, the episode's plot involves murders taking place at a high school reunion, and it was deemed too inappropriate to air on the same night as the massacre at Sandy Hook. The American Dad episode was also a Christmas special, called "Minstrel Krampus". It is said to contain scenes of gun violence in particular, which is most likely the reason why Family Guy was rescheduled so soon after, and American Dad was not.
Further complicating things for Haven fans is that Syfy has not postponed this Friday's airing of the third season finale. Haven viewers will know that the show is heavily serialized, and each episode usually contains some amount of further development of the overall series mythology. That holds true for now especially, since the last episode to air ended with a quite dire cliffhanger for a major character, and now viewers are being forced to completely jump over the resolution to that storyline, into a season finale which will probably directly follow the ending of the postponed episode.
I could completely understand the decision to pull the episode on Friday, but there is absolutely no reason why it couldn't have been aired in front of the finale, effectively creating a two hour event. Now, Haven fans like myself will have to spend a whole hour going huh, as we try to figure out what plot developments we missed in episode twelve. That's really lame, to put it mildly.
I now turn to you, our fine readers. Do you agree with Syfy and FOX's decisions to further delay these episodes of Haven and American Dad? Or is the whole thing an overreaction?