In the wake of National tragedy, networks typically adjust primetime program scheduling to include news reports and to withdraw any sensitive episodic material. Monday, the night after the Marathon bombings, NBC pre-empted an original episode of “Revolution” for a special NBC News report. NBC has also announced, Friday afternoon, that they will not air episode 4 of “Hannibal,” due to it’s story arc – children being encouraged to murder other children. While there is no bomb related storyline, creator Bryan Fuller actually approached the Peacock network to pull the episode due to the cultural nature in America today.
Fuller told Vairety, who first broke the story
“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.”
NBC has no plans to actually air the 4th episode, which was set to air next Thursday. The network claims that there will not be any continuity concerns and has announced that Fuller will “host” a special online featurette of clips that can summarize important character development points from the episode. The special will be featured on NBC.com in the near future. While the episode will still air internationally, the change moves “Hannibal” season finale from June 27 to June 20.
As we tweeted earlier this week, ABC has shifted “Castle” episodes in the upcoming weeks. The episode slated for April 22, does involve a bomb. The episode now has been moved to April 29, while that original episode will air April 22. CBS has shifted an original Vegas to SATURDAY at 8/7c so a CBS News special can air TONIGHT, Friday, at 9/8c. NBC will also dedicate “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (10/9c) on Friday April 19 to the Boston developments. Finally, Fox has yanked clips of Family Guy from Hulu and other online streaming websites after the clip was edited with insensitive reactions to the events that transpiring in Boston earlier this week.