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NBC's fall season on hold
NBC delayed the debut of its fall schedule and the movie industry juggled release dates of some films Wednesday in the wake of Tuesday's terror attacks.
NBC said it would push back the start of its season at least one week. Other networks were considering delays.
Disney's Touchstone Pictures postponed the release of Tim Allen's Big Trouble until next year. The comedy, scheduled for release Sept. 21, includes scenes of a bomb being smuggled onto a commercial airliner.
Warner Bros. said it will indefinitely withhold Arnold Schwarzenegger's Collateral Damage, in which a terrorist bombs a Los Angeles skyscraper. It was to have debuted Oct. 5.
Warner Bros. said it will retrieve all commercials, posters and ads for the movie and disconnect its Web site.
Sony Pictures Entertainment removed a preview trailer for 2002 release Spider-Man from theaters and the Internet that includes images of a web being spun between the World Trade Center towers. That scene was not in the film, Sony spokeswoman Susan Tick said.
Major studios resumed production Wednesday after closing Tuesday.
Tampa Bay area theater chains canceled this weekend's sneak previews of Hearts in Atlantis. Warner Bros. couldn't guarantee movie prints would arrive on time because of the air traffic shutdown.
Some Tampa Bay area theaters revised advertising plans for the Keanu Reeves movie Hardball, opening Friday. Some theater managers were concerned that prints would not arrive on time. Others cited the film's violence.
Back on TV, ABC canceled a Saturday showing of the George Clooney movie The Peacemaker, about nuclear terrorists, and replaced it with the Sandra Bullock romance Hope Floats.
Fox replaced broadcasts of The X-Files movie Friday and Independence Day on Sunday with the comedies Nine Months and Mrs. Doubtfire, respectively.
In Independence Day, the White House and the Empire State Building blow up.
Fox also pulled promos for 24, a new series about terrorism and the CIA.
Decisions about when to return to regular programming at ABC, CBS and NBC were being made hourly, one network spokesman said.
The WB plans to premiere its new Friday comedy lineup as scheduled this week, including Reba McEntire's Reba and Bob Saget's Raising Dad.
Country Music Television (CMT) will broadcast a one-hour special, Peace, Prayer and Unity, at 7 tonight. Performers including Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney and Phil Vassar will share music, prayers and concern for the nation in a show scheduled to be taped Wednesday.
Broadway shows closed for a second day Wednesday but were scheduled to resume today. Several theme parks that closed Tuesday were open, including Disney World and Disneyland, and Universal Studios in southern California.
- Times movie critic Steve Persall, TV critic Eric Deggans, fine arts critic John Fleming, and staff writers Robin Mitchell, Pam Davis and Sharon Fink contributed to this report.
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