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An episode of The Carmichael Show that dealt with a mass shooting was supposed to air Wednesday night, but NBC opted to swap in a different episode after shootings in Virginia and California left several people dead and hospitalized.
A Republican Congressional baseball team practice in Virginia was interrupted by gunfire, leaving four — including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was in critical condition Wednesday evening — and the suspect dead. Meanwhile, a UPS employee in San Francisco killed three people, then himself, at a delivery facility; two more were injured.
The critically admired Carmichael Show routinely examines and debates topics like gun control, transgender acceptance, sexual assault, and the right to die. The episode in question, titled “Shoot Up-able,” chronicles the emotional fallout of a deadly mall shooting, which Jerrod (Jerrod Carmichael) witnessed. “The family tries to get Jerrod to talk about his feelings about it,” Carmichael told EW last month. It did not depict the shooting.
In its place, NBC slotted “Lesbian Wedding,” which was originally slated to air June 28 and examines issues such as body image and attractiveness. The network has not yet scheduled a new date for “Shoot Up-Able.”