Saturday, November 14, 2015
Yes, you could argue the other side of it. Viewers might welcome an escape from the unfathomable images and reports from Paris. And there is some validity to that. But again, remember, this is live. And the performers are not just “actors,” they’re people. They’re feeling the same ache in their hearts as everybody. And asking them to ignore those emotions and clown around in front of literally millions of people seems callous and unreasonable. If you need to escape, there are plenty of other ways.
Personally, I think showrunner Bill Lawrence, the cast, and network made the right call. Bill explained his feelings to the studio audience and although I’m sure they were disappointed I don’t think a single one of them disagreed with the decision. Bill made sure all of them could come back at a later date and even keep the seat they had last night. I too will return – next week – under hopefully much lighter circumstances.
Not much else to say. What can anybody say? Instead, I’ll just leave you with some pictures I took last night on the set, and like everyone, will send my best wishes and prayers to the people of France.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM