Missing 'Hannibal' episode being turned into abridged webisodes on


A few days ago, we reported that NBC and "Hannibal" producer Bryan Fuller had jointly decided to remove the horror/drama's fourth episode from the network's schedule. This decision came not as a result of the Boston bombing, but as a reaction to the violence incident in Newtown, CT back in December. The episode, entitled "Ceuf" revolved around a sinister cult that turned children against their families, leading the little tykes to slaughter their loved ones. This storyline doesn't seem to really have anything in common with the circumstances of the Newtown massacre, but never underestimate a broadcast network's need to be politically correct.

Anyway, NBC has now elected to make an abridged version of "Ceuf" available as a series of "webisodes" that will serve to bridge the gap between episode three and this Thursday's episode five. These installments will obviously not include the child-related violence that caused the episode to be yanked, but will instead focus on character development and dialog scenes involving Hannibal and the character of Abigail Hobbs (played by Kacey Rohl). An upcoming webisode will also feature a therapy session between Dr. Lecter and his colleague/nemesis Will Graham.

Presented below is the debut clip, first revealed by TV Line, featuring an introduction by Fuller:

Interestingly, Fuller makes mention of the fact that the complete episode will still be broadcast on air and online in other markets, and specifically avoids further plot spoilers for "anyone who wants to seek the episode out." Is that a subtle acknowledgement of how likely it is that U.S. fans will resort to shady online means in order to view "Ceuf" in its entirety? It sure sounds that way to me.

Was NBC right to pull the episode? Or has political correctness run amok yet again?

- Hannibal
- Bryan Fuller

Written by: msd85
Apr 24th, 2013, 9:31 am

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Level 1 (48%)
Since: 06/Jan/09
Message Posted On May 17th, 2013, 3:30 am

stupid stupid policy, the webisodes were sad, yes Ive seen the full one and enjoyed it greatly, I didnt think it was in anyway unfit...and i am a mum with three.


Level 2 (54%)
Points: 1.4
Since: 26/Apr/11
Message Posted On Apr 25th, 2013, 7:26 am

The sensible and intelligent people, like those writing and creating TV shows, usually get it. People don't pirate because they're cheap, but because pirate channels usually have the better offer. Higher quality, no DRM, no regional or time restrictions etc. everything the networks and distributors fail to offer. I'm sure many people pirating shows would gladly pay to get the same thing legally. It just isn't offered. On the other hand, the people who don't get it are the empty suits, the CEOs and managers who understand "shareholder value," but not the first thing about the business they're in. They're the ones pointlessly trying to fight piracy instead of offering a worthy alternative—or pulling episodes for very tenuous reasons.


Rant over :)


Level 1 (69%)
Mood: aggravated
Since: 02/Feb/13
Message Posted On Apr 25th, 2013, 3:59 am

Couldn't agree more, Victor.


Level 4 (28%)
Points: 126.6
Since: 13/Jan/13
Message Posted On Apr 24th, 2013, 9:52 pm

Honestly, it's a bit absurd for a series that regularly shows human organs being cooked and eaten as well as living human bodies being used as feritlizer for mushrooms to be so worried about offending people by what seems to be a fairly indirect connection to what occurred in Newtown.

Anonymous Coward

Message Posted On Apr 24th, 2013, 6:35 pm
who would have thought that instead of piracy being stupid a national network would turn it around and make piracy the solution to stupidity?

Level 1 (88%)
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Since: 08/Feb/13
Message Posted On Apr 24th, 2013, 4:00 pm

Sounds like Hannibal should have been picked up by Showtime, FX, AMC, or HBO. Revolution and Grimm should have taken the same course


Level 1 (1%)
Since: 21/Apr/13
Message Posted On Apr 24th, 2013, 2:22 pm

Considering this series has a 13 episode order I'll wait for episode 4 to appear online instead of watching these watered down webisodes.


Level 1 (69%)
Mood: aggravated
Since: 02/Feb/13
Message Posted On Apr 24th, 2013, 2:20 pm

Broadcast network's fail once again in the US. Mostly sad about this show not being on a cable network. Would've looked a lot different then, and these kind of silly situations would've been avoided :/


Level 1 (66%)
Since: 24/Jun/12
Message Posted On Apr 24th, 2013, 11:58 am

Great way to advocate piracy! I'll surely be looking for a copy online!


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Since: 17/Jan/06
Message Posted On Apr 24th, 2013, 11:44 am

Very poor decision to pull the episode by NBC.

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