ABC Runs 24 Hours Of "Growing Pains" After Cancelling All Shows With Offensive Lead Actors
Earlier this week, the ABC television network canned the reboot of Roseanne after the lead actress of the same name tweeted out racially offensive messages. The pressure came hard from the advertisers for the network to weed out all offensive actors from its lineup. By the end of yesterday, there were no shows left to air.
Between racism and sexual assault scandals, ABC discovered that every show, including news programs were tainted with offensive actors and material. Network spokesman Kevin Greenburg laments, "We don't know what happened. One Friday night we are America's Family Network, the next night we are Satan's Channel. We've tried to develop content that you could watch with your hippie progressive grandma, or your weird uncle, but now we are being punished for it."
In lieu of broadcasting content or personalities that could encourage bad behavior, ABC has decided to run Kirk Cameron marathons, starting with the old ABC hit, "Growing Pains." Eventually they may start peppering the Cameron programming with his end times thrillers, relationship dramas, and street evangelism videos. But for now, the main thing is to get away from scandal.
Greenburg explains, "While not everyone is a fan of Cameron's acting abilities, the fact is, He doesn't rape women in hotel rooms, and he doesn't call black people 'monkeys'. And that is a rare quality in this business."
ABC toyed with the idea of just displaying an old school "test pattern" on the screen, but it was much cheaper to buy the rights to Cameron's work.