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This Week in 'Hannibal' Controversy


hannibalLast week an episode of Hannibal was pulled for sensitivity after the Boston Marathon bombings. This week, a Salt Lake City NBC affilliate has pulled the show altogether.

KSL TV in Salt Lake City, Utah, is owned by Bonneville International Corporation, a Mormon Church company. "After viewing the past few episodes, as well as receiving numerous complaints from viewers, KSL TV will cancel the airing of the NBC show Hannibal on Thursday evenings. This decision was made due to the extensive graphic nature of this show," read the post on the station's Facebook page. Frankly, I'm surprised it took them four episodes to pull the show if that was the reason.

Interestingly enough, this is the same station that also pulled The Playboy Club in 2011, and The New Normal in 2012. The former was pulled for its association with the Playboy name (not because the show was ridiculously terrible - it was canceled everywhere after three episodes); the latter because it was deemed "inappropriate on several dimensions." The New Normal focuses on a single mom who, looking to do something good with her life, becomes the surrogate for a gay couple. It is still on-air. Both of these shows were pulled before they ever hit the air, but it took them four episodes before they decided Hannibal was inappropriate. 

On the upside for Hannibal, last week's unaired episode, "Ceuf," is available to purchase from iTunes.