For the most part on Friday night, there was not too much of a snowball effect when it comes to how the terrible events in France impacted primetime television. The cast of “Undateable Live” nixed an episode while “20/20” and “Dateline” shifted some of their coverage to focus on the events that were going on in the country, where more than 100 people have been confirmed dead.
In a statement today, HBO confirmed that the horrific killings have caused one important change in schedule. A concert event featuring U2 set for Saturday has been canceled, and will be booked once more at a later date. In a statement, the band had the following to say:
“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight. We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”
This is obviously the right decision for all parties for a number of reasons, starting with the fact that it wouldn’t be right to continue given the circumstances and ending with safety concerns. With there being reports that there are still gunmen at large, the city just isn’t safe for a large-scale gathering. A concert was one of the venues for many of the murders on Friday.
As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, we hope that everything in the country is resolved soon, and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this time. We are a television news site, and therefore we will continue to provide coverage that is connected to this medium in some way. (Photo: HBO.)