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.

  • Max Vrany

    I’m surprised that plot got approved in the first place.

  • Tina

    Hera, I understand what you are saying, but could you not just not watch the show? I mean just the fact that the episode aired doesn’t mean anyone who is sensitive to the subject has to watch it.

    I don’t understand why anyone who is “sensitive” to the subject of violence, killing, etc for whatever reason would watch any episode of Hannibal.

  • CrimTV


    I full agree with what you are saying, this is getting annoying. Yes it was absolutely awful what happened in Boston and my heart goes out to all those affected and fair enough Revolution being pulled because of the bomb content, but to pull an episode of Hannibal when shows like The Following for example still air, it’s stupid.

  • UKTVFan

    Will Fox pull next week’s episode of The Following, which is violent? Will HBO pull next week’s episode of Game of Thrones, which is violent? What about all of the violent crime procedurals on CBS?

    If you don’t want to watch TV shows with violent for the next few weeks in light of “recent events,” Hannibal is just one of many shows you’ll have to avoid, so unless multiple shows on multiple networks get pulled next week, this seems like an overreaction by NBC.

  • tjw


    There’s a long history of shows postponing controversial or otherwise “sensitive” episodes because of real-life events. Also next week, Castle is swapping episodes because there is a bomb plotline. FOX postponed their planned Seth McFarlane hurricane trilogy because there was an actual hurricane the week before. Buffy the Vampire Slayer postponed two episodes (including the season finale for two months) because of the Columbine shooting. FOX also pulled Family Guy and American Dad after the Newtown shootings. This kind of thing happens. It’s a show of respect and an indication on the part of the network and show that they understand that there are things happening right now that are more important than a television show.

  • Alex

    Free promotion…? The show is facing originals next week after all…

    In general I think people are massively overreacting to an episode being pulled.

  • Greg


    Look, if you’re not ready to watch sensitive content just yet, you wouldn’t be watching Hannibal either way. That show deals with sensitive content every week. People who watch Hannibal knows exactly that and the people who were affected by the incident will be avoiding the show. The fact that ONE of the subjects of the next episode is about children killing children instead of men killing men (or men killing women, like it was for the first two episodes) is a detail. It would make more sense to just not air any episode at all this week and proceed the next week with the right order.

  • Tom M

    Call me a cynic, and this might be a rough take, but the sensitivity here seems to be disingenous. People, specifically children, are murdered every day in this country. In theory, there is ALWAYS someone’s family to be sensitive to, but it’s like there’s a secret mathematical formula that computes the amount of PR flack they’ll take and what the hit to their bottom line will be, and only if that computation rises above a “statistically significant” threshold do they then take action.

    I am by no means pro-TV violence (if that’s even a thing…it doesn’t sound quite right), but I am pro-“acknowledging the realities that exist in the world”. Fact is, we live in a world where violence exists and people can and will do bad things to one another, ever since one caveman clubbed another over some dispute or the other. I’m sad these events happened, I’m sure you all out there are sad this happened…only the most malevolent or sickest out there wouldn’t be. That being said, I say vote with your remote…no one’s forcing anyone to watch “Hannibal” (or “Haven” after Newtown), but it pretty much says on the tin of these shows what they’re about, so if people want to watch it, I say run it and let them decide, because if we’re not going to scale back or eliminate televised violence (and we aren’t, the horse is long out of the barn on that), then rescheduling it to “sensitively” cram it in between national tragedies is just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

  • CrimTV


    Yeah but the thing is, the Castle episode being postponed is about bombs, and when the tornado/hurricane happened, the STORM based animated episodes were postponed. But when an awful bombing happens, a series involving a serial killer is postponed, even though there is not direct comparison?! I’m not trying to be insensitive to the victims, injured, families or anyone who was affected, but it’s true.

  • DaxJackson

    ‘The episode will be shown outside of the United States.’ So will Canada still get it?

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  • Liam

    Now if NBC would just renew Parenthood, then they will have done two things right.

  • Trish

    Seriously this is ridiculous, have a warning before the show saying done viewers may find it distressing then it their decision to watch or not. We are all adults (or the viewers of this show should all be adults) who can make their own judgements and do not need to be babysat by networks (or the writer if the show who I suspect made that decision after the network ‘suggested’ it)
    This is getting further and further out if hand and will at some point escalate to full media censorship.

  • tjw


    I don’t think you’re wrong. I certainly wouldn’t avoid the episode and, were I showrunner, I might go ahead anyways. But, ultimately, Fuller thought this was the right move, and it’s tough to argue with his statement:

    “With this episode, it wasn’t about the graphic imagery or violence,” “It was the associations that came with the subject matter that I felt would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode. It was my own sensitivity.”

  • Red Jane

    Seriously? Just move Hannibal to cable please? It’s got no place in the hands of the spineless NBC executives….

  • CrimTV

    @Red Jane

    Don’t blame NBC, the showrunner decided to not want to broadcast it!

  • Josh

    they should at least make it available online for those who DO want to watch it.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    Why not just delay the episode for next week and replace it with a rerun of the third episode?

  • KarenM

    Someone tell me why they’ll show it overseas but now here again? Can I see the episode online and where?

  • Anthony


    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!

    Not that it really matters, as the decision isn’t going to change, but according to deadline, the episode was filmed before the Sandy Hook shootings, and the decision to pull the episode was made a few hours before the Bombings in Boston (they had issued the scheduling change then), it just didn’t really make news until now (since everyone was focused on the bombings).

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