In the wake of the Patriot’s Day bombing attack in Boston, Fox is pulling some content out of sensitivity to the tragedy.
First, the network removed an episode of Family Guy from online outlets after it was used to create a YouTube hoax. The episode, “Turban Cowboy,” was removed from Fox.com and Hulu and the network does not plan to air it again, a Fox source confirmed. Two unrelated clips from the March 17 episode of Fox’s animated hit were edited to suggest the show depicted the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Creator Seth MacFarlane blasted the mash-up on Twitter: “The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent. The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”
The network is also swapping out a repeat of New Girl tonight for a different episode. A January episode that was originally scheduled to air featured Nick (Jake Johnson) suspecting one of Jess’ (Zooey Deschanel) classmates was a serial killer and included a throw-away line near end of the episode about a duffel bag.
Networks frequently make programming changes of this sort after national tragedies, which tend to invariably evoke unintentional connections to popular content. Several networks pulled violent programming after the Newtown school shooting in December, and Fox yanked Hurricane-themed crossover episodes of its Sunday animated block after deadly storms hit the South last April.