ABC has adjusted the logline for a new drama pilot that it ordered earlier this week.
The Returned, from Criminal Minds' Aaron Zelman, focuses on what would happen if people in your life that had passed away and been buried suddenly returned as though nothing had ever happened - an interesting concept.
The original logline for the program focus on this, saying that "the lives of the people of Aurora" are changed when they unexpectedly are greated by their deceased loved ones.
The town in reference in Aurora, Missouri; however, on the side of precaution, ABC has decided to strike that reference entirely. The problem would be if people thought of Aurora, Colorado, where a gunman killed 12 people and injured 70 more during a July 2012 shooting at "The Dark Knight Rises."
From a PR standpoint, this is an obvious decision. People do not like to be reminded of horrible events and leaving that tag line would undoubtingly offend someone. Maybe we are becoming too politically correct as a society and this should not be a big deal - but for a show getting off the ground, an angry audience backlash waiting makes no sense.
The pilot is being excecutive produced by ABC Studios, Brillstein Entertainment and Plan B.