MTV has moved its early evening showings of "Beavis and Butt-head" to a 10:30 p.m. time slot where young children presumably will not be watching.
It's a move to which Beavis and Butt-head might respond with their trademark "Heh-heh. Heh-heh. Cool," since many youngsters stay up late anyway or know how to program their VCRs better than their parents do. The MTV move took effect last night.
The cult cartoon series came under fire during the past two weeks, after an Ohio mother blamed Beavis and Butt-head's pyrotechnic hi-jinks (lighting fires and firecrackers) and sayings ("Fire is good.") for the death of her 2-year-old daughter after her 5-year-old son, a fan of the show, set their home ablaze.
It is expected that today's TV violence hearings by the Senate Commerce Committee will have "Beavis and Butt-head" as part of its agenda.
"Beavis and Butt-head" creator Mike Judge and MTV "want to come up with a different concept for new episodes of the series that could be on earlier," said Tina Exarhos, spokeswoman for the cable channel.
Ms. Exarhos said that MTV, in moving the earlier episodes of "Beavis and Butt-head" to a later hour, "is not taking responsibility for the Ohio tragedy. But we do want to bend over backward as responsible programmers."