Saturday, 20 April 2013

NBC halts airing ‘Hannibal’ episode due to violence in Newtown, Boston

NBC halts airing ‘Hannibal’ episode due to violence in Newtown, Boston, Bryan Fuller, executive producer of the NBC drama “Hannibal,” has asked NBC executives not to air the fourth episode of the drama in light of the violence that erupted in Newtown, Conn. in December and most recently in Boston, Mass.

The “Hannibal” episode, which was to air next week, features a character who brainwashes children to kill other children, The Washington Post reported on April 19. An NBC spokesman said that he missing episode will not cause a plot “continuity issue.

The pulled “Hannibal” episode will be replaced by another hour of the NBC drama. However, a “clip package” with scenes from the unaired episode will be available at next week. The “clip package” will not contain scenes depicting violence perpetrated on children but will contain commentary by executive producer Bryan Fuller.

“Hannibal” stars Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, the brilliant killer with cannibalistic tendencies. The character of Hannibal Lecter first appeared in the Thomas Harris novel “Red Dragon” and again in “The Silence of the Lambs.” “Silence of the Lambs” was adapted for the big screen and won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1991. Jodie Foster won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Clarice Starling, and Anthony Hopkins won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In 1998 “Silence of the Lambs” was named on the AFI’s list of the "100 Greatest Films in the Past 100 Years."

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