Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Is UP Throwing Out the Baby with the Bath Water?

UP Network has cancelled the TV show "7th Heaven" due to
allegations made about Stephen Collins. (tvrage.com)
In light of the disturbing allegations that actor Stephen Collins has been involved in sexual contact with underage girls, the UP Network has decided to discontinue airing the TV show 7th Heaven from its lineup. Collins played the Rev Eric Camden in the television series that originally ran from 1996-2007 on FOX.

Charley Humbard, president & CEO, UP said: "As a top family-friendly network, we are deeply concerned for the families that are potentially affected by these disturbing allegations surrounding actor Stephen Collins. 7th Heaven has been a beloved family show and a fan-favorite on our network. We have made the decision to remove the series from our schedule effective at 5 p.m. ET today.  We will continue to monitor the situation and listen carefully to our viewers.  Replacing 7th Heaven tonight will be Supernanny, a series dedicated to bringing families together."

According to TMZ, not exactly the best source for news, Collins confessed to his estranged wife, Faye Grant, that he had molested a child years ago and the New York Police Department have begun an active criminal investigation. The two are in the middle of a divorce and visited a therapist where Collins’ answers were secretly taped. It is also been reported that Collins has also been dropped from the motion picture, Ted 2.

While these allegations are terrible, has UP jumped the gun on deciding to refuse to air any more episodes of the TV show? 7th Heaven is considered to be a fine family show, albeit a little fluffy, that focuses on strong family values. While the actor may receive royalties from the show, it seems to be a shame to cancel it because of the sins of one of the actors involved.

What do you think? Has UP reacted too quickly in canceling the show or do you think that they made the right decision?


Replacing 7th Heaven, Supernanny will air in a marathon today at 5-11 p.m. ET.  Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 8, Touched By An Angel will air at 12 p.m. ET weekdays. The Parkers will air this Saturday at 1-5 p.m. ET.