It's usually little more than a case of bad timing, but it seems like there's always at least one TV or movie-related item that needs to be rescheduled due to a tragic event and its subject matter coincidentally hitting a bit too close to home in the wake of the tragedy. Such is the case for this Monday night's Castle episode, which has been rescheduled to air later this month in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Here's the episode description listed by ABC:
CASTLE - "Still" - Beckett's life is on the line when she steps on a pressure sensitive bomb. While the team searches for a way to disarm the explosive, Castle distracts Beckett by arguing with her about who fell for whom first.
EW says that ABC has rescheduled "Still" to air on April 29, a week after its originally set air date of 4/22. This last-minute rescheduling shouldn't throw off the show's current season much, as there will still be a new episode airing this Monday night. "The Squab and the Quail" will air in "Still"'s place. Whether or not there's a major shift in continuity due to this swap remains to be seen, but at the very least, it keeps the show on track to air its season finale as scheduled on May 13.
Castle isn't the only series making headlines since the Boston Marathon bombing. Fox pulled an episode of Family Guy - which had aired previously this year - from their website after it stirred up controversy due to a fan making a video that spliced two unrelated scenes together, making it seem like Peter won the Boston Marathon by blowing up bombs. Series creator Seth MacFarlane called the clip "abhorrent," and Fox responded by pulling the relevant episode from their site and Hulu, with no future plans to air it again.
In the case of Castle, while it doesn't sound like the episode is particularly similar to the circumstances in Boston earlier this week, beyond the mentioned bomb, ABC is showing sensitivity and avoiding any possible controversy by moving the bomb-themed episode to a later date.
Castle airs Mondays at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
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