Wasting no time, BBC Three has commissioned a one-hour documentary on the July 20 Aurora, Colorado shootings that took the lives of 12 people during a Dark Knight Rises screening. British production house Mentorn Media will produce The Batman Shootings. Presenter Amal Fashanu, known to UK audiences for exploring homophobia in British soccer, will speak with survivors and look at the issue of gun control in the US. Steve Anderson, who is exec producing the doc, said in a statement: “Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora – and even this weekend the shootings at the Sikh Temple in Milwaukee in which seven people were killed – the list of gun massacres in the USA grows ever longer. America is mainly split on the issue of gun controls – this film concentrates on what young people there think should happen now”. Mentorn’s credits include Ricky Gervais’ An Idiot Abroad for Sky and HBO documentary For Neda. The Batman Shootings will air in the UK on August 23.
Viewers tuning in for the Comedy Central roast of Roseanne Barr will not see resident roaster Jeffrey Ross’ joke about the recent shooting at an Aurora, CO movie theater. The network will cut the quip, which was met with groans from the audience, from the version that hits the air on August 12.
In his schtick, Ross turned to fellow roaster Seth Green. “Congratulations”, Ross told red-haired Green, according to EW. “This is actually a really big night for you. You haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora”, a reference to the Aurora killer who also has red hair. “I’m kidding!” Ross continued. “You’re not like James Holmes. At least he’s doing something in a movie theater that people remember”. On Howard Stern’s radio show this morning, Ross said he knew that he was likely doing the joke for the live audience only and it won’t make it to air. Comedy Central is still deciding on his Jerry Sandusky pun. Ross, who came to the event dressed as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, ended his roast with “Now I’m gonna take Seth Green and hit the showers”!
Some racy jokes from the roast will likely make it to the broadcast, like roast master Jane Lynch’s “Fuck Chick-Fil-A” line, which Comedy Central just released as a promo for the roast. Also released is a promo with Barr thanking “surprise” roaser, ex Tom Arnold.