UPN Sitcom Pilot Will Be Delayed
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Viewers tuning in to UPN to watch the Civil War sitcom ``The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer″ won’t see its pilot, which includes a joke about slavery.
In response to criticism, UPN will delay broadcast of the pilot and will air the second episode in its place.
``We have a duty as responsible broadcasters to take their (critics’) concerns under advisement,″ UPN spokeswoman Patti McTeague said Tuesday. The pilot is under review, she said.
The show, described by UPN as a satire of contemporary politics, is to make its debut Monday.
Chi McBride stars as a black English nobleman who winds up as a servant and adviser to Abraham Lincoln. In the first episode, the title character is relaxing in the kitchen when he is told: ``The slaves haven’t been emancipated yet, Pfeiffer. Get your feet off that table.″
Black activists have condemned the show. Pastor Ron Wright of the Emmanuel AME Church said it ``desensitizes the pain and devastating suffering of slavery.″