NBC says it’s pulling an episode of its serial killer drama Hannibal out of sensitivity to recent violence, including the Boston bombings.
NBC said Friday that the episode, which was to air next week, features a character who brainwashes children to kill other children.
The show’s producer, Bryan Fuller, asked NBC to pull the episode, citing the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December and this week’s Boston Marathon attack, NBC said. The episode, the fourth for the freshman series, will be replaced by another Hannibal hour.
A clip package with scenes from the unaired episode will be available online this week, with commentary by Fuller, NBC said. Scenes involving the children won’t be included, the network said.
A similar decision was made last week to replace tonight’s new episode of the ABC series Castle with an episode that was originally slated to air next week.
The episode being replaced featured a character in danger from an explosive device. That episode is now scheduled to air April 29.
Kris Jenner’s show to launch in July
The studio behind Kris Jenner’s new daytime talk show says it will launch the program in July.
Twentieth Television said Thursday that the show, titled Kris, will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations. Those will include stations in New York and Los Angeles, with more to be announced later.
The studio says Robert Lifton has been picked as the executive producer of Jenner’s show.
The limited run for Kris is aimed at proving itself for a national niche.
Kris Jenner is the matriarch of the media clan that includes daughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian.
‘Glee’ renewed for two more seasons
The Fox TV series Glee will keep on singing for another two years.
The network announced Friday that it has renewed the show about music-loving students through 2014-2015 – its sixth season.
In a statement, Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly said Glee continues to break new ground as a rare successful TV musical comedy. The show been a music hit as well, with more than 50 million downloads of Glee tracks and worldwide album sales of more than 13 million.
Glee has expanded from its original focus on the McKinley High School glee club to the college world of Rachel and Kurt, played by cast members Lea Michele and Chris Colfer.
Next Thursday’s episode will feature Sarah Jessica Parker. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson are among previous Glee A-list drop-ins.