CBS pulls ‘Mike & Molly’ season finale due to Oklahoma tornado

Monday’s Oklahoma tornado has already affected prime time, with CBS pulling the season finale of the sitcom “Mike & Molly.”

Titled “Windy City,” the episode uses a fictional tornado that threatens Chicago as a plot point. "[A]s a tornado descends on Chicago, Mike and Molly each confess important news to each other,” is how the plot summary on describes it.

But viewers will have to wait. A tornado on Monday afternoon struck an Oklahoma City suburb, causing massive devastation.

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“Due to the tragic events this afternoon in Oklahoma, we are pre-empting tonight’s season finale of ‘Mike & Molly,’ which has a related story line,” CBS wrote in a statement. “A repeat broadcast of ‘Mike & Molly’ will run in the time period. The season finale will be broadcast at an appropriate date.”


The practice of delaying shows due to current events has become more common lately.

NBC’s “Hannibal” and ABC’s “Castle” both had episodes pulled following the Boston bombings last month. After the Sandy Hook shootings last year, SyFy yanked an episode of “Haven” and Fox delayed “Family Guy” and “American Dad” due to concerns over “sensitive content.”


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