Any time there is a public shooting, there are questions about what television, video games and the movie industry should do differently to prevent further incidents.
The horrible events from last month at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., have arguably brought those questions more into our everyday conversation than any other shooting America has experienced. But early indications are that it will not lead to drastic changes on the small screen and what the FCC allows.
Kevin Williamson, the showrunner who is preparing the Kevin Bacon serial killer vehicle 'The Following' for Fox, talked to the Television Critics Association today about the shooting in Newtown.
“Who wasn’t affected by Sandy Hook? I’m still disturbed by Aurora (Colorado, the site of 'The Dark Knight Rises' theatre shooting),” he said. “I think we all worry about it. We sat in the writer’s room and we were all affected by it. [The violence] reaches a moment where it just gets too real. It’s very disturbing. But I’m writing fiction.”
Fox network executives have not asked him to make changes on the program, he added, nor did they ask him to push the premiere date back.
“No one brought that to me,” he stated. “I’m sure there were a lot of conversations [at the network], just as there were in every household in the country about Sandy Hook. It’s horrible.”
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