September 17th, 2010
11:12 AM ET
In an eerie case of life imitating art, a two-part "Grey's Anatomy" aired last night that closely mirrored a shooting at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital earlier that day.
At Hopkins, a distraught Paul Warren Pardus shot a doctor and killed both his mother and himself after the doctor briefed him on his mother's medical condition. On "Grey's," a man gunned down medical staff and himself after his wife died at Seattle Grace Hospital.
ABC aired the two repeat episodes – part of May's season finale – in anticipation of the new season of "Grey's Anatomy," which kicks off next week. Though the network gave stations the option to show different episodes, an ABC spokesperson told the NYTimes, "Individual stations will determine what is best for their markets."
For those who chose to air the disturbing drama, the network provided a graphic to be run prior to broadcast: "Due to today’s news events and the depiction of graphic violence in the following program, viewer discretion is advised.”
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