Off the shelf

CBS has decided to go ahead with an episode of The Agency that concerns the possible release of anthrax by “bioterrorists.” The episode had been scheduled to air on the CIA drama last month but was temporarily shelved following the Sept. 11 attacks.

The network’s decision comes even as many media companies began beefing up security following reports that a synthetic variety of anthrax may have been sent by mail to a building in Boca Raton, FL that houses some of the country’s leading tabloids. Two men working in the building are known to have been infected by the disease. One of them, a photographer for The Sun tabloid, died.

In an interview with today’s New York Daily News, CBS spokesman Chris Ender observed: “We think it’s a well-done episode. You can’t do a show about the CIA without colliding with something topical right now.”