NBC Pulls Next Week's Hannibal Entirely, and Other Boston-related Scheduling Changes

Television networks are reacting in real time to the news coming out of Boston, adjusting their schedules to accomodate breaking news, special coverage, and sensitive content that might be inappropriate to air given the nation's mood. Several adjustments have already been made, and given the turbulent situation, many more could still happen. 

We'll try to keep track of them all right here and update this story as new announcements are made. (Note: all times are subject to change.)

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

– CBS has moved tonight's original episode of Vegas from Friday to Saturday to make way for a special CBS News report on the Boston bombings hosted by Scott Pelley from 9pm to 10pm. Vegas will now air tomorrow, Saturday, April 20, at 8pm. This isn't a good sign for Vegas, as CBS chose to bump it instead of moving scheduled REPEATS of Undercover Boss and Hawaii Five-0, at 8pm and 10pm respectively.

– Today's Boston Red Sox game versus the Kansas City Royals has been postponed and will be part of a double-header tomorrow.

[UPDATE 2:44pm Pacific]

– ABC will air live news coverage from Boston tonight. World News with Diane Sawyer will be extended to an hour and air from 6:30pm to 7:30pm Eastern. 20/20 will air from 10pm to 11pm Eastern, as previously scheduled. Nightline will air at 12:35am and summarize the day's events. Currently, it appears that new episodes of Happy Endings and Shark Tank will still air as planned. 

[UPDATE 9:32 Eastern / 6:32pm Pacific]

– GrimmHappy Endings, and Shark Tank (but not Oh Sit!) have all been preempted on the East Coast due to ongoing developments in the Boston bombing case. Namely:

Thank goodness. There's not much we can express right now other than relief. 

(Also we have no information with regard to whether anything new will air tonight on the West Coast.)


SATURDAY, APRIL 20

– The episode of Vegas previously scheduled for Friday, April 19 will air on CBS at 8pm.

MONDAY, APRIL 22

– ABC has decided to swap the order of the next two Castle episodes. The episode originally scheduled to air April 22 involves a bomb-related plot, which the network has wisely decided to postpone it until April 29. The episode originally scheduled for April 29 will now air on April 22. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

– NBC is pulling the fourth episode of Hannibal entirely, at creator Bryan Fuller's request, reports Variety. The episode's story centers on a group of children who are brainwashed—by guest-star Molly Shannon—into killing other children, and because of the Newtown shootings and the bombings in Boston, Fuller felt "the associations that came with the subject matter ... would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode." The episode isn't being rescheduled; it's being canned entirely. The network is planning to post relevant scenes from the episode that explain character development, accompanied by Fuller's commentary, online at a future date. Hannibal will jump straight into Episode 5, and the first season will be shorted by a week. The show's season finale will now air on June 20. Though the entire fourth episode is being pulled, NBC insists there will be no continuity issues due to skipping it. Also, it will still air overseas.


We'll update this post as necessary.

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Having watched not only this so called disturbing episode 4 but the following 5th and 6th episodes, I have to say, all this "cancelling-the-4th-episode-because-it-involves-kids" thing was so stupid and meaningless.. I cannot roll my eyes more than this.. compared to blood chilling and truly disturbing killers in the 5th and 6th episodes, what was so heavy about the cancelled one that made Fuller freak out, I will never get.. actually that was the weakest episode of all..
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So if the bombing happened in NYC, they'd have to cancel the rest of the season of Law and Order SVU; or likewise in Las Vegas the rest of CSI?
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So I guess, if you really want to see that four episode of "Hannibal", you could wait for the first season boxset to come out... or just wait for it to be put online and download it.

I get trying to be sensitive to people and all, but, if you have a problem showing murders in a show about murderers like "Hannibal", maybe you shouldn't have greenlighted the series in the first place.
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I like this show but hope it gets cancelled and moved to TNT, FX or another cable network.
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For the love of God, get rid of dr. Bloom in Hannibal. I just cannot watch this bimbo lecturing Crawford, it's ridiculous.
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Not surprised by Hannibal. Last weeks episode was a borefest, show has "canceled" written all over it.
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you have no idea what you are talking about.. not only Hannibal received great critical appraisal and decent rating (in NBC terms of course) even this hype here about cancellation of a single episode should give you an idea.. and if you are bored with what you saw last week than you either are a gore addict or severely suffering from adhd..
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I'm canceling the series on my DVR. Its a bit disurbing anyway. I can accept preemting shows (I don't have a choice), but this is too far. I'm so sick of them doing stuff like this w/TV shows. I wasn't that invested in Hannibal so no big...
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What happened to "If we allow them to disrupt our lives, they win". I feel for the people who got hurt, and the one's who died, but what does this have to do with TV. That is real, TV isn't. TV is entertainment, that's all.
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btw its TV not real life people will get that!
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what a bullshit!

im so sorry for the boy and other folks ,but come on ITS TV damnid.
the people who have somthing to do with the bomb day/run i geuss will not watch tv.if they do great lifes go's on!
i find this typical for america
a drama and no one is gonna aur when a show has somthing they can relate to pf
grow some balls nbc
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don't blame America for a networks decision. I'm American and have been very vocal here about how this canceling of an episode pisses me off!!
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Bully
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you are right im sorry for that,i mean the networks!

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Oh tragic! Molly Shannon is my queen! This episode will still be released on the DVDs, correct? I can only pray it will be so. To Good Molly, of course...
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Just torrent it the day after it airs in Canada. No need to wait for the DVD.
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some Ep are being pulled put Like hannibal will it still air in Canada ?
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After doing some research, it appears the cut ep is indeed still playing on Citytv. And maybe even watchable from the states!
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Oh, hold up--I think I may have just totally lied.
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emmm that would be Great thank you very much
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what does "it will still air overseas" mean? are there other european channels that are directly airing Hannibal? I would think that generally these series are sold to other countries after their first season..
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AXN Brazil has been broadcasting Hannibal episodes since last week, so we are two weekes behind NBC.
It is very uncommon, but sometimes a few shows get this special treatment, such as Lost, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and, now, Hannibal.
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Thats not too bad because the American shows can be off air for a few weeks at times - Elementary, Person of Interest, Supernatural and a good few others are off air for 2-3 weeks right now
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In the UK and Ireland some shows air 24hrs later than US airings
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Australia aired the first episode on the 17th April. I guess we could wait for it to air episode 4 and it to be available somewhere.
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thank you.. I hope it will not be too complicated to find it online due to mixed numbering of the episodes? how bout Canada? if they are airing it back-to-back, maybe the fourth will be available sooner -god, I so hate it when networks change the order of episodes..
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According to HitFix, NBC is going to put on bits of the episode with Bryan Fuller explaining the important arc scenes. So...yay and calm down.
http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/nbc-to-skip-hannibal-episode-in-wake-of-boston-tragedy

I am really surprised that so many people are so invested in the show. Looking at the rating, I thought I was the only one so obsessed with the well-dressed psychopath doctor ;)
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It's a shame that content is probably going to be blocked for non-US users.
Hopefully some good American will do us a favor and upload the content elsewhere. :)
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no, this is no yay.. it is very ingenuine of Fuller that he pulls the episode out due to whatever reason he has.. if he felt comfortable about shooting it in the first place then he should just let the audience decide about watching it or not.. and no patchwork can resolve such a gap.. adults do not need themselves to be nannied by him..
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The network originally sent 5 episodes to the critics before the actual show aired. The 5 episodes were 1-6 with the exception of episode 4. It makes me wonder if Fuller or the network was already concerned about the content. With the tragedy happened this week, it probably pushed the decision of pulling the entire episode. Adding to the fact Hannibal is on network TV, there are more restrictions by the FCC and ad buyers. If Hannibal was aired on cable channel, this episode would get a green light much easier than it is now.
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Is anyone else disgusted with shows about people being killed/tortured/dismembered, etc. by serial killers who actually 'get off' on doing this? Worse yet, to glorify a cannibal? I excercise my right to change the channel, or even turn the TV off if there is not something constructive and worth watching--and that's pretty often these days. But for those who think murder, violence, and worsening the fantasies of mentally ill people who are probably addicted to such video fare is great TV drama, have you no sense of moral discrimination? I think they should have pulled the entire series. But, the world is already halfway to hell, so why not floor it and get there sooner? Just delay the offending episode for a week--by then everyone will have forgotten about the bombing, massacre, or whatever, right?
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I'm pretty sure plenty of people don't think "the world is already halfway to hell". If you don't like the show don't watch it. This is a great show, it has great cinematography and complex characters (for the most part). Why should it be canceled? I think you are entitled to your opinion, but you make it seem like the "offending episode" is anything else than just an episode of a FICTIONAL television series. Don't watch it if it bothers you.
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If we go by your moral code the most of Shakespeare's plays would never happen.

If we went by your moral code you would have to say goodbye to Frankenstein, The Count of Monte Cristo, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Anna Karenina, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Big Sleep, The Lord Of The Rings, Lord of the Flies, La Confidential - because all of these books have been turned into tv shows or movies.
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Like I said--My little ponies 24/7
Sh*t, that would drive adults to terrorism...um, was that to soon?
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I'd prefer Care Bears
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not surprised;-)
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I DISAGREE 100% but:

I may not agree with what you say, but I will fight to the death your right to say it. ~Voltaire
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It's actually an Evelyn Hall (a british author) quote that she used in order to resume what she thought was Voltaire's philosophy. Voltaire never actually said that.
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awesome!

Even better that a woman said it! LOL
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Probably heard it from her husband ;-)
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prove it:-)
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Challenge accepted!
It's from "The Friends of Voltaire" published in 1906 under the pseudonym Stephen G. Tallentyre.

In case you read french you can check this :

http://www.rue89.com/hoax/2011/04/14/arretez-avec-le-je-me-battrai-pour-vous-de-voltaire-199690

and in the video Charles Wirz, curator at the Institut and Musée Voltaire in Genève confirms the origin of the quote.

or you can check the book itself. It's page 199, here's a link for reading it online :

http://www.archive.org/stream/friendsofvoltair00hallrich/friendsofvoltair00hallrich_djvu.txt





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He would not accept a fight to the death - the very concept of any fight offends him
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I bet Evelyn Hall would! lol
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Yeah, but she was a bit of an angry drunk so.....
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who made you the morality police?

I guess every channel should have My Little Pony because I sure you find Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner (Looney Tunes/Warners Brothers) horrifying.

Stillsane...no, it should be StillJudgmental

I guess the world was better during the Spanish Inquisition or back when Egypt dominated (slaves must be ok to you since NOW is so much worse then the past since "the world is already halfway to hell"

we're on the highway to hell!
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"we're on the highway to hell!" - i know a song about that.


Stillsane wont let me listen to it
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finally someone gets my song references!
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Funny how one's speech can flirt dangerously with praising for censorship. Quite frankly i'm more chocked when someone claims that a movie, a book, a tv-show or any kind of artwork should be forbidden (especially for "moral reasons") than when I see Hannibal on TV.

As for canceling episodes because they can remember you something tragic that happened in the real world, I think it's absurd. Unlike what networks believe, people are not babies, they can make the difference between fiction and reality and they can turn the tv off if they don't like what they see. I think such kind of decision says something about TV. It says that TV should be for fun and entertainement only and that making people think about reality is somehow wrong. In a way, TV help people living in denial and that's what I actually find disturbing here.
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Like you said, you have the right to change the channel or simply not watch. Violence is something that is placed into television for dramatic effect, and that's NOTHING new. The fact that some people like yourself think that a show about a cannibalistic serial killer shouldn't be on TV because it "worsens the fantasies of mentally ill people" is beyond ludicrous. We might as well censor ourselves completely so we don't worsen the fantasies of mentally ill people that cold be listening to our conversations.

The only thing I can respect in your comment is you're right, delaying the offending episode for a week doesn't do much. Although that episode of Hannibal wont be airing at all in the US.

(BTW I don't watch Hannibal, just felt the need to reply)
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Just like you forgot the 61 victims in Baghdad, who died to terror bombings, the same day as the Boston 3? Or the 150+ dead in China from the earthquake? Or the 13 massacred Afghan policemen who got killed trying to get their country in order?
Yeah let's keep real life tragedies away from TV dittos, because you clearly don't know where they happen in the first place.
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I was being sarcastic with my last sentence.
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So just the last sentence was sarcastic, but the preceding paragraph was delusional, over-reactionary hyperbole? Cool.

That last word was sarcastic, by the way.
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This makes sense, a network has to balance the wants of the viewers with the sensitivity of those who are still feeling raw at having their country attacked, not to mention the advertisers who will catch hell about shows they sponsor upsetting a small but vocal group. It's easier to simply shuffle and wait until less people will be disturbed by the events of this week.

These are the dangers of making money off of fictional violence and misery, you have to keep it in check and adjust on a sliding scale hoping to keep from upsetting too many people.

Are they being reactionary? Yes. Should they be? Yes.
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I'm surprised to see Bryan Fuller is the one who requested the pull on Hannibal, that's very interesting. It must be extremely tough for him to walk that line as he deals more in emotional consequences of death than most showrunners, it's his bread and butter, yet sometimes things can be shocking even to them later on, I suppose.
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I hope it helps Hannibal's ratings too. As for Grimm it was preempted along with Shark Tank and Happy Endings.
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I hope this stupid move actually helps Hannibal's ratings and whole bunch of people will check out the show to see what the fuss is all about, and stick with it. Hannibal deserves to be seen by more people.
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Any word on friday nights episode of Grimm?
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I'm glad to see that they're going to be airing the Hannibal episode outside of America, so that I can watch it online. I'm loving the show so far, and would hate for this to mess up the continuity of the season.
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Does anyone remember how FOX shuffled episodes of "24" after 9/11 during its first season.
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The only thing I remember is that the premiere got delayed a week (aired November 6 instead of October 30). Other than that the episodes weren't "shuffled," they aired in order.
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The Canadian broadcasts appeared mostly untouched, so Vegas and Grimm aired on Friday in Canada.

Vegas is pretty much done for already, despite any changes CBS might make to it's schedule. It was cut back to 21 episodes and moved to Fridays already, which gives a clear indication that the network isn't interested renewing it.

If the Hannibal episode is airing overseas then it's likely to be on the DVD. Although I have no interest in the show so I don't care either way.
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I just love how liberals in hollywood treat the American people as children. We need our "betters" to make decisions for us since we're all simpletons.
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What do "liberals" have anything to do with this? I'm sure "conservatives" do the same thing if we're going with your train of thought. Why label and lump people together like that?
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Because it's liberals who want a nanny state. I guess you have no idea what either ideology is about. Read up on them and then we can have a discussion
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Cancelling and rescheduling episodes is ridiculous. TV shows are entertainment not real life. I was in suspense to see the Castle episode now I have to wait another week cause the ABC switches episodes. What happened in Boston is Sad and Tragic but they should not play games with the TV shows we enjoy and look forward to watching. Whether it be Hannibal, Castle, NCIS or any other Show.
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SHAME ON YOU NBC, SHAME ON YOU!!!!!
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I found this contact information for Bryan Fuller:
Bryan Fuller
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
9601 Wilshire Blvd.
3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210-5213

If enough people write and request the Hannibal episode maybe he'll reconsider and air it. Actual letters carry much more weight than emails and comments so I hope others who want that episode will write too.

I couldn't find any way to email him, but he is on twitter. Well, don't know if it's really "him" but maybe he sees it.
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How about sending him some meat? I'm sure he would get the message.
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please write him a letter and include the web address to this page:-)
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They could've still ran Vegas tonight, guess they want it to fail, hard. Kinda sick of this rotten 3 weeks in between episodes, followed by another 3 after a new one airs @$$hole network.

Stupid move icing the episode of Hannibal, I mean it's going to have character development! Now we're stuck skipping ahead and probably staring in confusion, like when Fox ****ed up with Firefly. Maybe they should take shows with violence and turn them into a song and dance number, so that if there is an "offensive" episode, we'll all be too busy singing along to notice.

If that happened, I'll beat someone to death with my TV, cya on the front page!
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We need a network with "balls"....who don't worry about offending someone...I'd watch that network since I know how to change the channel if something bothers me and can also separate fiction from reality.
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"We need a network with "balls"" - pretty sure you can get that on PPV
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is that one of those "adult channels" and do they actually show balls?
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the juggling network
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here's what aired Friday night (4/19) in Los Angeles (assuming the same for all west coast time zone stations): CBS - Undercover Boss/Popeye's Chicken followed by two re-run episodes of Hawaii Five-O (Alaheo Pau'ole and Kanalua); they did not air any Boston news coverage during primetime. ABC - rerun of Last Man Standing (Odd Couple Out), rerun of Happy Endings (Secrets and Limos), rerun of Shark Tank from 2012 (with Puppy Cake and wine balloon), Boston coverage episode of 20/20. NBC - Fashion Star (don't know what episode), rerun of Grimm (The Kiss), 10pm Boston news coverage.
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hope this helps!
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The decision not to air the 4th episode of Hannibal is a stupid one, from my point of view.
I'm assuming that Americans are not stupid and can make the distinction between the violence shown on TV and real violence. If they can't, why show any violence at all ?
Why not give the choice to the viewers to turn off the TV by making an announcement at the beginning of the episode to inform viewers that they may be shocked due to recent events ?
Can't people think by themselves and decide what is bad for them ? Or are they too stupid to do so ?

Fuller shows that he is a great creator in the show Hannibal. With this decision, he also shows that he is a poor thinker.
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People cry about everything these days. Even if they dont watch a second of it, they will hear it was about kids killing kids and raise hell. Going to assume most of those people also have a very limited genre for movies. If we rescheduled and canned things that could remind people of certain events, then we wouldnt have anything to watch.
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agree but at the same time many of us like disturbing or offensive material--kind of like gallows humor

Archer is popular (love it) and remember the movie Team America...

anyway, some will cry and bitch about anything and others will appreciate fiction for what it is--whether it is satire or just escapism...

For those that moan and groan about appropriateness...CHANGE THE CHANNEL
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Totally with you on this one ! What irritates me the most here is that Brian Fuller took the decision for us, as if we were children. But what really makes me laugh is that he obviously doesn't know how piracy works : as soon as episode 4 will air in countries outside the US, it will be available for everyone on the web...
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I am just hoping for that.. if he was to be uncomfortable about airing sth, he shouldn't have produced it to begin with.. crimes/deaths involving kids are chilling and terrorizing but it is not the first time and will sadly not be the last.. this is not genuine sympathy it is just convenience..
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Im not really sure why any of these shows needed to be rescheduled. I remember Buffy did not air their episode about a "school shooting" because it was suppose to air a week after Columbine. That decision made sense, but as far as I can tell none of these shows are featured in Boston or are about bombings. Sure the shows might take a ratings hit because people are more interested in news updates or spending time with other and not the media right now, but I bet showing people that commit acts of terror they cannot disturb people's lives would really piss them off.
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Did both episodes of Happy Endings air? I've only seen one so far.
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Prior to last night, there were four episodes of HE left to air this season. One -- and only one -- episode aired in Canada last night. That lone episode will air next Friday in the US as part of a new pair, followed by the remaining pair the week after.

And then it will be cancelled by ABC almost immediately thereafter.
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Thanks, I found the second episode of last night online. Every time an episode ends I feel awful knowing it's ending in its prime.
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Hannibal is a great show so far. Just when I thought NBC had the balls to greenlight and air such a fantastic, gory, disturbing, genuinely interesting show, the bastards chicken out and cancel a whole promising looking episode because somebody might get offended. It's 10 pm, kids should be asleep by that time, and the people who watch and enjoy this show are not easily offended anyway. It makes no sense. I like Fuller and hate NBC so I think it wasn't Fuller's decision, NBC just wants him to take the blame.
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I'd especially like to agree with your last sentence. Though Hannibal is my least favorite thus far of Fuller's shows, I want it to succeed to endhis bad luck with keeping good shows alive. NBC really doesn't have much quality in their programming and I hope they see that as an incentive to keep Hannibal - which is clearly much better quality than the recent The Following or Cult - alive for a few seasons.

If Fuller was actually part of the decision, maybe he's trying to be flexible to finally have a show that lives more than 2 seasons? If he wasn't, well, that sucks for him being the creative talent behind this. I probably won't watch the online character building stuff unless I get to the end of the season and am interested enough.

And I definitely agree with the other sentiments on this board - if a show's content isn't clearly related to the tragedy - set in Boston & about a bombing - I think rescheduling to save sensibilities is just stupid. It is television. It is entertainment. It was filmed long before the tragedy and does not reflect it. Anyone older than 7 should be able to see that.
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I totally agree! You know what you're getting when you tune in to watch Hannibal.Does anyone really thing it's going to be about happy, fluffy puppies and kittens? Maybe they'll rethink and air it later. Hope so!
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I don't understand Hannibal anyway, and may stop watching. If Hannibal is supposed to be evil, why doesn't he kill anybody? Every episode there's some new serial killer (which, in itself, is ludicrous). How many serial killers can there be running around a neighborhood? And Hannibal doesn't do anything that's evil...so far.
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It's obvious the show is above your head and you should probably stop watching it
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Um... have you not figured out who the copy cat killer is?
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... I think you need to rewatch the first three episodes because you have obviously missed a huge part of the story.

Also, are you to young to get what this show is based on? Even if you haven't read the books do you at least know about the movies?
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The tv series is my first introduction to Hannibal. Never saw the films. Haven't watched episode 3 yet, but Hannibal hasn't done much in the first 2. What copycat killer? There's a serial killer in episode one (Hobbs) and then the pharmacist in episode 2. Where are the copycat killings? Copying what killings?
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Okay, so the next little bit is going to be a bit spoiler-ish as you aren't familiar with Hannibal himself.

The way Hannibal Lector operated in the first book/film Red Dragon (also titled Manhunter) is that he was a forensic psychiatrist who was consulted by Will Graham regarding a series of murders for which Hannibal was the culprit. Eventually he is caught, but through the first two books/films he continues to work with the FBI as a consultant, despite being in jail.

This TV series is set between the prequel book/film Hannibal Rising and the first book/film Red Dragon/Manhunter and is setting up the individual of Will Graham and how he became involved in the FBI as well as how Hannibal became a consultant for the FBI as well, despite his criminal activities.

I don't think we're going to see Hannibal kill outright for a long time, but there have been subtle (and not so subtle) hints that he is killing - stuff that if you're familiar with the books/films you'll pick up, but if you're not you might miss out. In episode 1 the focus is on determining who's killing the girls, and it's determined to be Hobbs - but part way through there's another murder that is very similar to how Hobbs was killing, but is deemed to be the work of another individual, the copy cat killer. Afterwards Hannibal is shown cooking an unknown meat - it's implied that that meat is the lungs that were taken from the most recently murdered girl. This is similar to what he did in the movies (when he could) - he killed someone, took the desired organ, cooked it in some fancy meal, and ate it, sometimes sharing with someone else (who likely didn't know what it was that they were eating).

We also see that Hannibal is the one who called Hobbes to warn him that the police are coming. His relationship with Will is questionable as well - he's aware of Will's issues, but is often pushing him to do things that could jeapordize Will's mental health and possibly push him onto the path of being a killer as well. After episode 3, I wouldn't be surprised if we saw more of this kind of relationship between Hannibal and Abigail as well.
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Isbloom: they full out show Hannibal slicing meat that is likely the lungs. It's never confirmed that they are in fact lungs - we're left to assume as much
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Im 90% sure this show is going to be about Hannibal trying to corrupt Will and Abigail. Writers like symmetry so what I predict will happen is Will will choice to be good (from the books/movies) while Abigail will become evil.
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They full out show Hannibal slicing up the lungs.
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Well i guess you saw the first episode with you're eyes closed, because they found a girl (in a field) killed by a copycat in that episode.
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Mee223--all cop/FBI/CIA/medical procedural shows are that way. Criminal Minds hunts one serial killer (or team) every episode. Hannibal actually has fewer killers because it is more serialized and a number of the murders are done by Hannibal.
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I knew he killed a woman in episode one and was eating parts of her for dinner, but the show is mostly about a ridiculous number of serial killers running loose in the country.
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Meee223--So far there are three serial killers and one self-defense killer, not in the same city and not operating on an actual weekly time frame. One of those killers is the entire point of the story.

Buffy--I totally lol'd at your comment. Spot on.
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I still find it ridiculous that there's a new serial killer in the same city every week. Is Hannibal behind these killers? Is he somehow forcing these people to act this way?
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This thread is sad. Pay attention people. The copycat killer is the entire point of the story.
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That's very unfortunate about Hannibal. I'm glad the network let Bryan Fuller make the decision and all, but the fact that essentially audiences will miss an episode of the story can't be great in trying to keep people interested. Posting relevant parts of the episode won't make a difference, especially if it's at a later date. And even if they do that, international viewers won't have access to the material. I can only hope the episode will come out with the season on DVD.
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That's how most shows are made, it's not just Hannibal. I'm sure the episode will be available on torrents the day after it airs in Canada.
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Fucking retarded to pull that episode entirely, sometimes you americans are abit too mushy squishy
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Foreigners love to blame Americans for all kinds of decisions when it's mostly corporations and politicians who make these decisions. Just shows the intelligence of these foreigners.
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Don't blame Americans for NBC or Fuller's actions--I'm an American who thinks it's stupid to pull that episode and I'm sure most Americans would agree.
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According to Grimm's Facebook page: "Grimmsters, tonight's episode will air next Friday at 9/8c."
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Which they were going to skip 4/26/13 anyway. so no real loss.
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Grimm will probably be on in the west coast. I know its online already. My money that will air on in the east tomorrow night.
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Probably it aired in Canada.
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in Los Angeles, they re-ran the old episode "The Kiss" tonight (Friday).
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That episode of Hannibal sounds so fascinating. I'm so upset by people being offended, and shit. It's a TV show telling a story, not real life. Let it be.
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As determined by the NBC (National Board of Censorship), all shows with sensitive and/or violent content now shall be replaced with reruns of "The Care Bears" and "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic".
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I think it's bull $s!t when they pull episodes. I know they were made months in advance and it's just bad timing.... I want scripted tv, not crap reporting/twitter feed/crap!
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Does that mean Grimm will still be on at the normal time on the west coast?
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in Los Angeles, they re-ran the old episode "The Kiss" tonight (Friday).
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Is anyone review Hannibal in this site? Please let someone review it. Even though this week's episode wasn't so good and its ratings slipping, I think its the most interesting and artsy show out there in network television.
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I would also like to see Hannibal reviewed. There was a lot of hype for the show before it started, but haven't heard too many people talking about it since, other than in regards to its ratings, which is a shame because it's a very good show.
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Good for NBC!

Now please pull the show already. The last thing we need is a show about a cannibal in order to watch drama and character development.
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and who are you to decide what people need and need not?
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I think that is StillSane posting as with a sock puppet or that is a sock puppet for jessicadani33.
see comments above under the stillsane (aka stilljudgemental) comment way up above.
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If NBC/Fuller don't want Ep.4 of Hannibal aired, fine... but why can't the ep be put online instead? I don't want to miss an entire episode worth of story/character development for silly reasons - it's not as if the audience are unaware this show is about gruesome murders and a cannibal. I'm going to wait for it to air overseas and then continue watching, I'll probably have to wait a couple of weeks but I'd rather do that than watch "relevant scenes from the episode that explain character development". Stupid stupid reasons to pull the episode.
And TV Networks wonder why piracy exists...
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Spot on, particularly your first sentence. What's the harm of putting the whole ep online instead of just parts when tons will just wait to pirate the version that aired overseas? It makes no sense, especially if NBC actually wants this show to succeed. Actually, putting it on their site might encourage some people who haven't started watching to watch the first few eps to see what was so scary/offensive to be aired.
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I suspect the real reason the Hannibal ep was pulled was not solely at the request of Fuller but the advertisers for the program, who were perhaps nervous to see their products associated with events depicted. It wouldn't be the first time...
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I feel bad for Molly Shannon now.
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Yeah...internet should beome the new television so that people can watch shows on their on accord. As if they don't already push it by airing 2 episodes every three months (as it seems) for some shows. Life goes on...this is just stupid. Maybe they should just ban all shows that involve guns and explosions...and while we're at it..shows that contains villainous characters too. Maybe they should just start airing live footage of people learning to breathe oxygen at the kardashian whorehouse 24/7 instead... *rollingeyes*
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don't give them ideas!
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Newtown and a bombing equal no Hannibal um no this is a moronic decision. Newtown wasn't an issue when the episode was filmed so why would it be now? Why do we live in a country where an ultra violent show about a cannibal is okay any other time except when real violence happens?
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i wonder if Vegas' ratings will go up?
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If its gonna air internationally im sure there will be a way of getting it online
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This is kind of ridiculous. I can support the rearranging of episodes to move the bombing episode further away from a real life bombing tragedy, but pulling an episode entirely because it might make people uncomfortable? Seems like quite the knee-jerk reaction, especially for that show. The title character EATS PEOPLE.
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well said!
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It's like NBC doesn't want Hannibal to succeed. I'm so freaking pissed. And of course, it's fine to show overseas and in Canada. But not America.
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American's have proven to be strong and we can handle whatever is thrown at us...a fictional show is no big deal compared to real life events. Such bullish*t by Fuller and NBC (I think they are just trying to look sensitive but I'm a cynic)
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At creator Bryan Fuller's request not NBC,but still this is a stupid decision
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NBC agreed to his request so they share responsibility
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I'm not sure that we can trust it was totally Fuller's decision. I don't see why he would make a show like this and then be squeamish about the content - seems more likely he was pressured by advertisers or NBC.

Episodes aren't cheap to make and Hannibal doesn't have that many, so scrapping a whole ep is an important and potentially costly (to the story) decision that I don't see a creator like Fuller who tends to do really wacky/interesting/offensive stuff making.
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Are people honestly this over sensitive? I can kind of understand postponing episodes but removing them entirely never to be shown is just stupid. And seeing as it's being shown over seas (does that mean Canada as well or just other continents?) that will encourage piracy of the episode and likely the show overall further harming the ratings.
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