An NBC spokesman said that “Hannibal” executive producer Bryan Fuller asked NBC to pull the episode, citing the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December and this week’s Boston Marathon attack.
The episode, which was to air next week, features a character, played by guest star Molly Shannon, who brainwashes children to kill other children.
It will be replaced by another “Hannibal” episode, and NBC says fans will not see a plot continuity issue.
The mid-season replacement stars Mad Mikkelson as the infamous cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who plays mind games with FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). Laurence Fishburne co-stars.