Discovery Channel confirmed that it has decided to pull the plug on its popular reality series American Guns, a show about a Colorado family in the business of making guns. Normally, this news wouldn’t be getting as much attention as it is now if not for two things: the relevance of the show’s theme with that of the recent shooting in Connecticut, and the fact that it was canceled despite reports that its ratings actually increased by 50 percent on its second season premiere.
Discovery sources say that the decision to cut off the show was quietly made prior to the statement released on Monday. “American Guns concluded this year,” a spokesperson said. “Discovery Channel chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show.”
No official statement was given concerning the reason behind the cancellation although many believe that the Connecticut tragedy may have indeed played at least some part in the decision.
The show is just one of several in the entertainment industry that was affected by the unfortunate shooting incident: on Monday, ABC’s mid-season finale for Scandal was temporarily pulled from ABC.com, the gala premiere to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained on Tuesday was canceled, and also Tom Cruise’s premiere for his movie Jack Reacher was delayed until Wednesday.