NBC has made the decision to skip an episode of their new Hannibal Lecter drama. The episode, one out of Hannibal’s 13-episode order, is titled “Ceuf”, and was originally scheduled to premiere next Thursday. The decision to put the episode on the back-burner indefinitely came a few hours before the Boston Marathon bombing and has no connection to last week’s violence and tragedy.
According to NBC’s official description, in the episode “Ceuf”, “a string of family murders takes place and Will (Hugh Dancy) determines they were conducted by each of the families’ missing children, who were abducted and brainwashed into killing their old families for their sinister “new family.” The episode has been pulled because of its sensitive nature and the meaning it may hold to those who were affected by the school shooting in Newtown in December.
“Ceuf” was written and filmed long before the Newtown tragedy, says Hannibal writer and executive producer Bryan Fuller. “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,” says Fuller, adding that he “didn’t want to have anyone come to the show and have a negative experience.”
NBC will be airing the next episode in line, “Coquilles”, instead of “Ceuf” this coming Thursday. Do you think NBC made the right decision in pulling the episode from the schedule?