TV News Heavy Hitters Converge on Las Vegas; Red Carpet Premieres Canceled, Broadcast Lineups Revised

Oct 3, 2017  •  Post A Comment

The tragic shooting Sunday night in Las Vegas sent the television networks into scramble mode just as the new broadcast season is getting up to speed, and also had film studios pulling the plug on some red carpet premieres.

ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” opened Monday’s show with a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting, which left at least 59 people dead and more than 500 others injured.

As we reported separately, the CW reconfigured its prime-time lineup in response to the deadly shooting, postponing last night’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” a show that’s based in Las Vegas, along with a planned two-night broadcast of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which was originally set to air this Wednesday and Thursday. Some of the festival’s concerts took place on the same grounds where the gunman struck Sunday night during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the cancellation of two planned feature premieres, including tonight’s red-carpet premiere of “Blade Runner 2049.” Additionally, Monday’s premiere of “Marshall,” about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, which had been scheduled to take place at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, was canceled.

In a statement, the producers of “Blade Runner 2049” said Monday: “In light of the tragic events of last night, Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures and Alcon Entertainment are canceling the red carpet for tomorrow’s screening of ‘Blade Runner 2049.’ We join the rest of the country in sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragedy.”

The Review-Journal also reports: “Among the journalists who came to Las Vegas to anchor special reports were Lester Holt of ‘NBC Nightly News,’ David Muir of ABC’s ‘World News Tonight,’ Anthony Mason of ‘The CBS Evening News,’ Juju Chang of ABC’s ‘Nightline’ and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell and Chris Hayes. Fox News host Sean Hannity, ‘Today’s’ Savannah Guthrie and ‘CBS This Morning’s’ Norah O’Donnell [were] among those expected to broadcast from Las Vegas on Tuesday.”

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