The episode, which should have been No. 4 of a 13-episode order, was scheduled to air next week, and featured Molly Shannon’s character convincing children to kill other children.
Creator Bryan Fuller told trade paper Variety he did not think the episode should air “given the cultural climate right now in the U.S.” He cited the Sandy Hook shooting – which happened way back in December – and this week’s Boston marathon bombings. The episode was shot before a lonegunman murdered 20 elementary school children and six adults, at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
Already this week, ABC pushed an episode of its Monday drama “Castle” in which Det. Kate Beckett steps on a pressure-sensitive bomb. It was supposed to air this coming Monday; it is now scheduled to air Monday, April 29, though ABC may move it again after testing the water closer to that air date.
Fox, meanwhile, yanked an already-aired episode of “Family Guy” from the Hulu, syndication and elsewhere, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. In the episode Peter Griffin won the Boston Marathon by mowing down other runners with his vehicle. The episode was pulled after a doctored clip, in which Peter appeared to win the marathon by detonated explosive devices using his cell phone, went viral. Series creator Seth MacFarlane called the clip “abhorrent.”
NBC said the episode of “Hannibal” will air overseas — just not in the United States, which means bootlegged episodes will be in big demand.