Violent Episode of Show About Cannibal to be Pre-Empted by Subsequent Episode of Show About Cannibal

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Okay, so this sounds like a nice gesture at first:

After a particularly violent several months in America, NBC has decided to pull episode four of frosh drama "Hannibal" from its lineup due to the disturbing content involving children murdering other children.

Fourth episode of the grisly serial killer drama featured Molly Shannon's character brainwashing kids, leading them to kill other children...

Decision arose after series creator Bryan Fuller phoned NBC and told the net that, "given the cultural climate right now in the U.S., I think we shouldn't air the episode in its entirety."

So violent content would upset people right now because of real-life violence, even though the real-life violence is a totally different kind, and the presence of a Saturday Night Live star won't clue us in to the idea that it's clearly fictional. Cool. What are you replacing it with?

Episode four was slated to air next week. Peacock will instead move directly to episode five. While the drama is serialized, NBC claims there will be no continuity issues, noting that TV critics have seen episodes three and five, and not four.

Whaaa?

You're replacing episode four of your show about a creepy, closet cannibal who pursues serial killers with a TOTALLY DIFFERENT episode of your show about a creepy, closet cannibal who pursues serial killers?

How socially conscious. And now that I know there are no continuity issues when you simply drop out an episode, I shall no longer be too concerned about catching new ones.

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