In response to the deadly shootings in Newtown, Connecticut; Discovery Channel has chosen to permanently holster AMERICAN GUNS. The series ran for two seasons.
The docu-drama series has been drawing negative attention since Friday’s tragedy in which 26 people were killed – including 20 first graders – at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The killer was a 20 year old male whose mother was a gun enthusiast. The show featured the Wyatt family, a Colorado-based clan who operated a firearms business called “Gunsmoke Guns.”
The demise of AMERICAN GUNS has apparently been sealed for some time. However, the news bubbled up to the surface within the past few days. According to Deadline.com,
“American Guns concluded earlier this year,” a spokesperson said. “Discovery Channel chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show.”
The timing of this announcement (and that the network decided not to air re-runs) seems to suggest that last week’s tragedy did figure into the decision.
Other networks have altered their programming in the wake of the shooting. Last weekend, FOX rescheduled episodes of FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD. TLC postponed a special, BEST FUNERAL EVER, which is now due to air sometime in early 2013. Showtime issued disclaimers for violence on season finales of HOMELAND and DEXTER.
Ratings for AMERICAN GUNS started out strong but declined as time went on. The series isn’t alone, however. Discovery Channel further cleaned house by cancelling both DIRTY JOBS and AMERICAN CHOPPER as well.