TV Reacts to Newtown: Is It Time To Tone Down The Violence?

12/24/2012 8:00am EST

Newtown tragedy | Photo Credits: James Keivom/Getty Images

Soon after news broke of the horrific December 14 elementary-school shootings in Newtown, Conn., the broadcast and cable networks scoured their schedules for anything that might be deemed offensive or inappropriate in light of the massacre.

"Caution carries the day," says one network executive. "You look up and down the schedule for shows and promos that might be uncomfortably close to the subject matter. Then you ask yourself, 'Are we being sensitive in a correct way or are we being overly careful?'"

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