Entertainment industry honours Paris victims

NEW YORK: CBS rescheduled two episodes of Supergirl and NCIS Los Angeles in deference to sensitivities arising from Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris, the network said on Sunday, one of several gestures of respect made by the entertainment industry.

The rescheduled episode of Supergirl, a new television show about a young, female superhero, dealt with bombings in the fictitious National City and had been scheduled to run on Monday, the network said in a statement. In its place, CBS will air an episode focusing on the US Thanksgiving holiday.

NCIS Los Angeles, a law enforcement drama, had been scheduled to air an episode on Monday about women recruited by extremist organisations. In its place, the network said it will broadcast an episode unrelated to warfare or religious extremism. CBS did not say when the episodes that were pulled would run.

CBS was not alone in modifying its plans to honour Paris victims. Lionsgate Films, a division of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, said on Sunday it was scraping red carpet interviews at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The studio said it was doing so “out of respect for the very recent events in Paris.”

Saturday Night Live, NBC’s comedy sketch show, opened with a subdued tribute to Paris, with cast member Cecily Strong delivering a message of “love and support” in French.

In the worst attacks in France since World War Two, terrorists on Friday killed at least 129 people and injured 352 in coordinated attacks across Paris, targeting a packed concert hall, bars and a soccer stadium in a rampage of gunfire and bombings.