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Friday, 21 September, 2001, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
Stars rewrite work after US attack
The cast of Friends
An "airport plot" in Friends has lost its innocence
Television shows including Friends have reportedly been rewritten, while two rock bands have reworked their music in the wake of the attacks on the US.

The globally popular hit TV comedy Friends had to re-shoot an episode, according to a report in Thursday's Philadelphia Inquirer.

I think our movie has to be postponed

Arnold Schwarzenegger
The plot involved the characters Monica and Chandler arriving at an airport hours before their honeymoon flight - and Monica complaining about the unnecessary wait.

"Two weeks ago, that would have been ridiculous - it's not ridiculous now," Friends executive producer David Crane was quoted as saying.

"A lot of the comedy in it didn't feel funny, so we re-shot the story line."

Another TV series, also produced by NBC, may be postponed.

Aaron Sorkin, the creator of political drama The West Wing, has asked the network to postpone the show's season première, currently scheduled for next Wednesday.

Mr Sorkin is said to be concerned with how viewers will respond to the White House drama's political tone, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

'Valiant response'

Heavily-hyped rock band The Strokes have delayed the American release of their debut album Is This It from 25 September to 9 October so as to remove a track called New York City Cops - which is believed to be less than complimentary about the force.

The Strokes
The Strokes: Withdrawing a song about the police
The band said in a statement: "The band stands by New York City Cops, but feels after witnessing the valiant response of the [New York Police Department] during last week's tragedy, that timing was wrong to release it."

International editions of the album, which has already been a UK number two, will not be changed.

A pop video by The Cranberries has also been withdrawn from TV and the band's website because some of the scenes echoed images from last week's events.

The video was filmed in London and features shots of a plane flying over the city, and a character walking by the outline of a dead body.

'Horrific images'

Record company MCA said that the video, which accompanies the band's new album Wake Up And Smell The Coffee, was being re-edited.

Cranberries member Fergal Lawler posted this message to fans on their website: "The incidents in New York, Washington and elsewhere in the USA were the most horrific, saddening images I have ever seen. I've felt sick and numb since then.

"I would like to offer our sincerest sympathy to anyone who was affected.''

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Schwarzenegger: Immediately postponed film
US actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has also told US chat show host Jay Leno that he did not hesitate to authorise the postponement of his new film once he heard of the attacks.

He said that the release of the film, Collateral Damage, has now been put off indefinitely.

"As soon as this happened the first thing I did was I went to the phone and I called Warner Brothers," said the Hollywood star.

"I called the producers and the studio executives and I said let's get together for a meeting right away because I think our movie has to be postponed."

Another film to be postponed is Disney's of Bad Company, an action-comedy starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock which was due for a December release.

The postponement was announced on Wednesday as the film revolves around a CIA operation and features a band of terrorists as the villains.

It will now be released in 2002.

The BBC's Jo Episcopo
"Americans wanted a dose of escapism, real life had proved too traumatic"
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