The Season 4 finale of FBI was removed from Tuesday night’s schedule following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
CBS decided to pull the episode because it’s centered around the investigation team trying to prevent a school shooting, according to Deadline.
Tuesday night’s episode is titled “Prodigal Son” and the official synopsis reads: “As the team investigates a deadly robbery, they discover one of the perpetrators is a classmate of Jubal’s son.”
Instead, a rerun of the season’s 12th episode was scheduled to air in its place. It’s unknown if the finale will air at a later date.
A statement on the show’s official Facebook page said, “In light of current events, a rebroadcast of FBI will air tonight. The FBI: International and FBI: Most Wanted season finales will air as scheduled.” The statement came in response to a fan asking why a repeat was airing.
FBI is co-created by Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf. The drama is a fast-paced procedural about the inner-workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigators focus on cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence. The FBI team often works alongside the NYPD as they try to solve cases.
The decision to pull the episode came just hours after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School, located 80 miles west of San Antonio, killing at least 19 children and two adults. It’s the deadliest mass shooting at an elementary school since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting where 20 children and six adults lost their lives.
In response to the shooting, President Joe Biden called for tighter gun control laws.
“When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” Biden said from the White House. “It’s time we turned this pain into action.”
Tuesday’s school shooting occurred just over a week after the racially-motivated May 14 massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, that claimed the lives of 10 innocent Black people and left three others injured.