NBC Pulls Episode of 'Hannibal' About Children Who Murder Other Children

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April 19th, 2013


NBC is pulling the fourth episode of Hannibal, "Ceuf"scheduled to air next Thursday, April 25 because its subject - children who are brainwashed into committing murder - has been deemed inappropriate in light of the Boston bombings and other recent violent incidents. The fifth episode, "Coquilles"  will air in its place. The omission of one episode from the series will move the season finale up a week to June 20 from June 27. According to Variety, showrunner Bryan Fuller made the decision not to air the episode. NBC will make selected clips for the episode available online. The episode will be shown outside of the United States.

  • SJ

    OK, am I the only one who thinks this is getting out of hand? Why not just ban ALL television? Until someone can scientifically prove that televised violence is causing real-life violence, this is just censoring, plain and simple.

    Also, this episode had to have been filmed well after Sandy Hook. As for pulling it for the sake of the Boston bombings – WTF?!? It’s not even about a bomb!

  • DEF

    It’s one thing to have =shows that show bombing violence be removed, but completely unrelated violence is ridiculous. The only thing similar to this episode’s plot and the bombings in Boston is that they are both violence and involve death. Other than that, they are completely unrelated.

  • JAA

    No, you’re not the only one who thinks that

  • Greg

    This is absolutely ridiculous and disrepectful to people who appreciate watching things in order. If you’re not going to air the episode on TV, that’s fine, but WHY ON EARTH would you not make it available online? That just pisses me off and now I’ll have to wait until the episode is available otherwise so I can properly watch the show.

  • Jonathan

    But in a few months showing all this stuff will be once again “okay”. I think its ridiculous that just because this happened this week it is inappropriate but in a few weeks we’ll be watching all sorts of blood and gore and its fine again.

  • karin

    Struggling show?

  • Androme

    I understand what you guys are talking about, but understand this. There still are people who still feel that airing episodes of shows that feature content like this is still too soon because of the recent horrible events which, in my opinion, is more than absolutely sad. If watching this they will say it was too soon and will protest to NBC and other networks for airing stuff like this.

  • Rob

    This better not be one of the episodes Gillian Anderson appears in! I don’t want to miss one minute of screen-time.

  • Drunk Guy

    The episode title you’re looking for is “Oeuf”, but it is sometimes written as “Œuf”, which means “Egg” in english. All other titles of Hannibal are in french, and Ceuf means nothing.

    Drunk Guy from Montréal, Canada.

  • Androme

    And another thing, to say something like “removing episodes with content of murder is absurd because it’s not a bomb blowing up” is itself absurd. Do you notice that both this week?

  • kul65

    Seriously, this is NOT GOOD for a TV series that dares to have a serialized format on broadcast TV. The episodes as far as I’ve seen will be better if watched in order.

  • Stuart Pitt

    That’s unbelievable. The show is about a serial killer helping the police solve the crimes of other serial killers. But a child serial killer is going too far? The country has gone insane.

  • Fake Me Out

    IMHO all these shows getting yanked because of current developing events is getting to the point of ludicrous. When isn’t the US just ‘getting over’ a shooting or a bombing or a hurricane or a flood or a fire or a tragic [insert crazy a$$ event here]. If these shows are inappropriate now then they should be inappropriate the rest of the time as well … stop making them or stop pussy-footing around and just air the damn shows.


  • Scott M


    If the creator of the show decided not to show it it is definitely not censorship.

  • DaxJackson

    what a joke! This offends me even more that they’re refusing to show it!! fk them. I refuse to watch this show now. Killed it for me.

  • SJ


    Oh please. Those who are truly upset over the recent events won’t be even watching entertainment television. And like I said, since this episode had to have been filmed post-Sandy Hook, it begs the question: why even film it in the first place?

    Don’t get me wrong – what happened in Boston on Monday is horrible but randomly banning episodes under the guise of “respect” doesn’t really make sense. It’s like your grocery store closing for a day out of respect for the victims of the bombings. One thing doesn’t have anything to do with the other.

  • Heradite


    It’s not about television causing violence but that some viewers (like myself) are currently sensitive to the topics at hand. Imagine you lost a loved one at the Marathon (or, like myself, are just in Boston). You wouldn’t want to watch an episode that relates to bombings and, considering the subjects, young people killing other young people.

    It might not be good for TV but right now reality far more important.

  • Sam

    Si if I’m in canada i’ll see this episode? Does that mean the finale will air a week later too?

  • SJ

    @Scott M

    OK, self-censorship then.

    Also, let’s not pretend these things are a rarity in the US: between Aurora, Sandy Hook, the Boston bombings, hurricanes and tropical storms, it seems like every other week one thing or the other is deemed “inappropriate”. But two weeks later, it’s back to being OK again. Hypocrisy at its best!

  • SJ


    The local affiliate in Boston can choose to pull the show then. Just don’t do it nationwide. And I don’t even watch Hannibal (or Revolution, or Vegas). It’s the principle of the thing.

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