NBC Shelves Hannibal Episode

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NBC has decided to pull a particularly gnarly episode of Hannibal next week at the urging of the show's creator, Bryan Fuller. Fuller tells Variety that "given the cultural climate right now in the U.S., I think we shouldn't air the episode in its entirety," and that he "didn't want to have anyone come to the show and have a negative experience." The episode, filmed several months ago, apparently included children murdering each other; a condensed, less murdery version will be available on NBC.com. How long until we go back to normal, and no one minds episodes of serial-killer shows about child murderers?