HANNIBAL: NBC Pulls Next Episode Following Boston Bombings – Continuity Botched?

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NBC has pulled next week’s episode of Hannibal in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and recent acts of violence across the US.

The pull came after exec-producer Bryan Fuller contacted the network to express his concern about the content of the episode. Per Variety, Fuller explained:

“Given the cultural climate right now in the U.S., I think we shouldn’t air the episode in its entirety.”


Fuller continues:

“I didn’t want to have anyone come to the show and have a negative experience. Whenever you [write] a story and look at the sensational aspects of storytelling, you think, ‘This is interesting metaphorically, and this is interesting as social commentary.’ 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.”

The episode, the fourth in the series (“Ceuf“), is said to feature ‘child-on-child’ violence. The network will instead skip directly ahead to Episode 5.

Will the gods of serial be angered by the apparent forsaking of all-important continuity? Apparently not, according to Variety, though unless the episode is completely standalone that is open to question – at least until Episode 5 airs. Granted, Hannibal isn’t the most serialized serial killer show you’ll see this season, but it is serialized with a decent amount of continuation within each of the three aired-episodes to date.

Still, those hungry for the episode will be able to watch clips from Episode 4 online. NBC is making a package of highlights from the pulled episode available on NBC.com next week. The clips are said to focus on character development and not the procedural aspects of the fourth episode – which suggests the network is aware of the continuity breech. The package will also feature Fuller commentating over the clips.

As a result of the pull, the season finale will now air a week earlier on June 20.

Source: Variety

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  1. Walternate says

    Normally I would agree with this idea, but honestly it isn’t necessary. Besides, NBC is airing the episode of Revolution about a nuclear bomb in Atlanta on Monday, which is more related to what happened in Boston than Hannibal is. But at least they are putting the important stuff up online.

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  2. Jason says

    Anything that smacks of nanny state makes me nauseous, so I’m not a fan of this decision. I’m starting to suspect my TV/movie entertainment is going to get watered down to cater to the delicate flowers out there. Fuller says the episode will be made available online and on the DVD set at a later date.

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    • John Young says

      Anyone who can read should be able to determine that the state had nothing to do with the decision, but people who throw around the term nanny state are generally not fans of facts.

      I’m glad the producers did not feel obligated to cater to the delicate wimps who are threatened by having standards of decency applied to the entertainment field.

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      • Gordon Shumway says

        Indeed I don’t take kindly to when someone tries to implement their standards of decency upon myself and others. Although I’d say that hardly makes me a delicate wimp. If one decides that something is not up to their standards of decency they could at least have the decency to avoid that something. Instead they’d rather nobody have the option to watch something they’ve deemed unpleasant. So although the state has nothing to do with decisions such as these, it does relate to the “nanny state” mentality we’ve watched bloom within our society. But I’m not a fan of facts so what do I know? I’ll return to watching my indecent programming now.

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