One of the most particular NBC affiliates is at it again.
KSL TV, based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, has decided that it will no longer air Hannibal, NBC's new hit drama series based on the films starring serial killer Hannibal Lecter (such as Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon, etc.).
"After viewing the past few episodes, as well as receiving numerous complaints from viewers, KSL TV will cancel the airing of the NBC show Hannibal on Thursday evenings," explained the affiliate. "This decision was made due to the extensive graphic nature of this show. The time slot will be replaced with a special edition of KSL 5 News at 9 p.m. NBC remains a valued partner to KSL TV. KSL is confident that with the proliferation of digital media, those who wish to view the program can easily do so."
Bonneville International Corporation, a company operated by the Church of Latter-day Saints, owns the network. This is not the first time it has made moves with NBC shows to cater to its Mormon ownership and the large percentage of its audience that follows the religion. It has also refused to air The Playboy Club and The New Normal, calling Ryan Murphy's Normal (which features a gay couple) "rude and crude dialogue."
KUCW, a different channel not affiliated with any network directly, will air Hannibal now with KSL TV's move.