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‘Hannibal’ episode pulled in wake of Boston bombing

‘Hannibal’ episode pulled in wake of Boston bombing
Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s “Hannibal”
(Brooke Palmer / NBC)

The fourth episode of NBC’s serial-killer drama “Hannibal” scheduled to air next week has been pulled because of concerns over violence in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and other violent incidents.

Bryan Fuller, who created the series, asked NBC to pull the episode, which featured guest star Molly Shannon as a woman brainwashing children to kill other kids. The fifth episode of the drama will air in its place.

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Clips from the fourth episode will appear on the website along with an introduction by Fuller explaining why he felt the content might be too disturbing.

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Although the show is serialized, network executives said viewers will not have continuity issues.

“Hannibal” is based on the hit film franschise centered on a serial killer who consumes the body parts of his victims.

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