NBC has pulled from the prime-time schedule an episode of the innovative medical drama "Lifestories" that deals with AIDS and replaced it with an episode about bone marrow transplants.
The AIDS episode, which centers around a gay television news reporter who tests positive for the HIV antibodies and then sees his lover die of AIDS, had been scheduled to air Dec. 2, the day following World AIDS Day, and NBC publicists had sent tapes of the episode to the media to drum up publicity.
CBS' will air an episode of "The Hogan Family" that deals with AIDS and ABC is planning a late-night entertainment special centered on the topic that same weekend.
"I'm upset and terribly disappointed," Jeffrey Lewis, the series' creator and executive producer, said in an interview Monday.
NBC executives could not immediately be reached for comment Monday. NBC Entertainment Group chairman Brandon Tartikoff, who has been an ardent champion of the series since its inception, had said recently that the low-rated series would be given a tryout in different time periods during December.