It’s always a tricky subject whenever real-life tragedy impacts something that is really just a form of escapism in watching TV, and it is often can be a delicate balance knowing just what is the right or the wrong thing to do in the event that tragedy strikes.
With that being said, the folks over at ABC probably made the right move in pulling the fall finale of “Scandal” season 2 from the internet following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Even though the violence in the episode, which included the death of an entire family, was hardly meant as glorification in the slightest, the network explained that it was done out of respect for the victims so that violent acts (even by fictional characters) do not become the focus of a day that is about tragedy that cannot be measured on any TV show.
The good news for fans is that ABC restored the episode late Monday night, and it is now again available for viewing. When it comes to this particular episode, or shows that in general seem to revel in violence week in and week out, there is always going to be a question of just how much is too much, or whether or not real-life violence is inspired by fictional events. This is a debate with a different answer depending on who you ask, and it is really not our wish to even delve into at this time.
In other news, Syfy announced today that their new episode of “Haven,” which was also pulled for its subject matter after the shooting, will be broadcast as a part of a two-episode block in January. There is no word yet on when or if the new episodes for “Family Guy” and “American Dad” originally scheduled to air this past Sunday will come on TV.
If you want to view more of what is coming up on “Scandal” season 2, you can do so here.