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Fox pulls originals of 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad' due to shooting

In the 200th episode of the FOX program

In the 200th episode of the FOX program 'Family Guy,' Stewie relives a memorable moment after Brian breaks Stewie's time machine and accidentally causes time to run in reverse in the first part of the all-new one-hour episode airing Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Credit: FOX

After yesterday's tragedy in Newtown, Conn., television continues to nervously tweet schedules to remove shows that might be deemed insensitive — with Syfy yesterday pulling an episode of "Haven" and now Fox has dropped "American Dad" and "Family Guy" episodes tomorrow night in favor of repeats. Why the repeats would be considered "sensitive" — never ever a word applied to either show — is unknown, but Futon Critic, which first reported this, says:

FOX has pulled this Sunday's episodes of "Family Guy" and "American Dad." While no official reason was given, it's understood said originals — "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" and "Minstrel Krampus" — feature sensitive content in light of today's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The episodes will be replaced by repeats of "Grumpy Old Man" and "Wheels & The Legman and The Case of Grandpa's Key," respectively. The network has likewise dropped the 7:00/6:00c repeat of "The Cleveland Show" ("Die Semi-Hard") in favor of a different encore installment ("Menace II Secret Society"). 

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