NBC's 'Hannibal' Pulled by Salt Lake City TV Station

The Wrap

KSL TV has had its fill of NBC's new serial-killer drama "Hannibal."

The Salt Lake City-based station has yanked the ratings-challenged freshman series from its programming slate due to the program's graphic content.

KSL spokesperson Tami Ostmark told TheWrap that the station had decided to pull the series after reviewing the past few episodes, and receiving numerous complaints.

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Ostmark said that the complaints numbered in the hundreds.

The station said in a Facebook post Monday that "Hannibal" will be replaced in its timeslot by a special edition of KSL TV News.

"NBC remains a valued partner to KSL TV," the station's post added. "KSL is confident that with the proliferation of digital media, those who wish to view the program can easily do so."

This isn't the first network offering that NBC affiliate KSL has opted not to air. The station, which is owned by the Mormon church, chose not to carry NBC's short -lived drama "The Playboy Club," saying that the Playboy  brand is "completely inconsistent" with the KSL brand.

The station also took a pass on the Ryan Murphy series "The New Normal," which features a gay couple adopting a baby. (The station didn't say, specifically, why it chose not to air "The New Normal.")

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This also isn't the first time that "Hannibal" has been pulled from the air. NBC pulled the fourth episode of the freshman series, titled "Ceuf," earlier this month. Series creator Bryan Fuller made the call to ax the episode, which depicts children murdering children, following the Boston marathon bombings.

The series, based on the legend of fictional cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter, stars Mads Mikkelsen in the title role.

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