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'Mike & Molly' finale pulled in wake of Oklahoma tornado

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A scene from the "Mike & Molly" season three finale, titled "Windy City," which was pulled Monday out of deference to Oklahoma's tornado victims


CBS yanked Monday's season three finale of "Mike & Molly" Monday because of the episode's tornado storyline. A deadly twister wreaked havoc in Oklahoma earlier that day.

The episode, titled "Windy City," had Mike (Billy Gardel) and Molly (Melissa McCarthy) confessing important news to each other "as a tornado descends on Chicago." McCarthy hails from Plainfield, which experienced a devastating tornado in 1990 that killed 29 people and injured hundreds.

CBS ran a rerun in place of the finale, which the network said will air on an unspecified future date.

The scheduling change is just the latest in recent months as television networks have shuffled their line-ups in response to national tragedies.

ABC and NBC both pulled their respective episodes of "Castle" and "Hannibal" after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Sensitivity concerns prompted Fox to swap originals for repeats of its irreverent animated series "Family Guy" and "American Dad" after December's shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn. That same event led to the Syfy network shelving an episode of its supernatural drama "Haven" because it contained scenes of violence at a high school.

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