Networks pull '7th Heaven' from schedule amid Stephen Collins investigation
At least two networks have pulled reruns of 7th Heaven from their schedules after news broke on Tuesday that star Stephen Collins is under investigation for child molestation.
UP TV, which markets itself as a family-friendly network that aims to “entertain, uplift and inspire viewers,” announced on Tuesday that it’s pulling the show from its programming schedule. The network usually plays reruns of the show starting at 5 p.m.
“As a top family-friendly network, we are deeply concerned for the families that are potentially affected by these disturbing allegations surrounding actor Stephen Collins,” Charley Humbard, the network’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “7th Heaven has been a beloved family show and a fan-favorite on our network. We have made the decision to remove the series from our schedule effective at 5 p.m. ET today. We will continue to monitor the situation and listen carefully to our viewers. Replacing 7th Heaven tonight will be Supernanny, a series dedicated to bringing families together.”
TV Guide, meanwhile, has pulled the two 7th Heaven reruns it had on its schedule, according to BuzzFeed.
News spread on Tuesday that Collins, who played father and pastor Eric Camden on the WB drama, is under investigation for child molestation after TMZ posted a video from a therapy session between Collins and then-wife Faye Grant. In the video, Collins admits to molesting one girl and exposing himself to others. All of the girls were reportedly between the ages of 10 and 13.
The Manhattan Special Victims Squad is currently investigating Collins.