Utah Station Executes ‘Hannibal’

Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen of "Hannibal" (Photo: NBC)

This time it is “Hannibal” that is being put on the chopping block.

The NBC series has been dropped by Salt Lake City-based affiliate KSL TV because of the program’s graphic content, according to Variety. Station officials stated that they made the decision to yank the series after monitoring episodes and receiving hundreds of complaints.

Instead, the stations will reportedly replace the freshman drama with a special edition of KSL TV News, posting the news on the affiliate’s Facebook site.

The station wrote: “PROGRAMMING NOTE: 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. 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.” The post went on to note that “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.”

KSL TV has previously opted not to run other series such as NBC’s “The Playboy Club” and “New Normal.”

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