For fans looking forward to this weekend's much-publicized "Animation Domination Crossover Event" on FOX, prepare to wait another year.
The network has officially pulled the episodes, which would have featured a hurricane impacting the lives of characters from "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the move was made in response to the devastating tornadoes that wreaked havoc in the southern U.S. this week, killing more than 300 people.
The studio apparently made the decision after consulting with creator Seth MacFarlane, who agreed it was best to hold the episodes. A representative confirmed that the episodes will instead air next spring.
FOX isn't the only network to experience poor timing with one of its productions this year. After the Japanese earthquake and devastating tsunami back in March, Warner Bros. quietly announced that it was pulling the movie "Hereafter" from Japanese theaters. The film, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, features a realistic recreation of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami.
In April, the Showtime series "United States of Tara" aired an episode in which one of the main characters is upset that a massive earthquake in Osaka has ruined her plans to move there and starts looking for another Japanese city. Much to the chagrin of some, the network decided to show the episode, explaining in a statement that the episode was filmed a year earlier "long before the tragic events that have occurred in Japan."
At the end of the episode, Showtime added a web address for the Red Cross for viewers interested in supporting relief efforts.