Fox says it made no changes to the content or promotion of "The Following," its upcoming drama about a serial killer, since the Connecticut school shooting and other real-life acts of violence, The Associated Press reports.
Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said Tuesday at the TV critics' press tour in Pasadena that Fox takes very seriously what it puts on the air. But he said that linking the issue of violence in society to broadcast television trivializes the issue.
The drama featuring Kevin Bacon chasing a killer who recruits murderous disciples debuts Jan. 21. The series opens by showing the bloody aftermath of knifed prison guards, and a woman later commits suicide by gouging her eye and piercing her skull with an ice pick.
At another press tour session a reporter asked "American Idol" judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj -- who reportedly have been feuding and name-calling -- to say something nice about each other. Minaj called Carey one of her favorite all-time artists who has shaped a generation of singers. Carey fondly recalled working with Minaj on a single titled -- "ironically," as Carey noted -- "Up Out My Face."
"I knew she was going to go far, and still is," Carey said.