NBC Salt Lake City Affiliate Yanks ‘Hannibal’ Due to Graphic Content

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KSL TV details decision to yank thriller via its Facebook page

The Salt Lake City, Utah station that doesn’t bring you “New Normal” or “Saturday Night Live” is also opting out of NBC’s frosh serial killer drama “Hannibal.”

KSL-TV cited the level of violence in the show, a TV spin on the “Silence of the Lambs” franchise.

On the NBC affiliate’s Facebook page, KSL TV posted:

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.
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, which has ties to the  Mormon church, previously declined to air NBC’s “The Playboy Club” and “New Normal.” Station also does not air “Saturday Night Live.” Programming decisions, according to the station, stem from these shows not being “in accordance” with KSL’s “mission” and brand messaging.

One commenter on the “Hannibal” post declared that, while “not Mormon,” she’s “glad KSL has the guts to cancel the show.” Many on the Facebook post responded that viewers who don’t like the grisly show, however, can simply “change the channel” if they don’t like the programming.

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  1. djgilder says:

    Living in SLC, Utah my entire life. I have been a Student at the University of Utah for about 10 years (more or less). I have taken courses that demonstrates material that would be considered far worse than Hannibal. I absolutely detest the predominate Mormon culture that resides here. KSL broadcasts from the university and as much as I thought I loved being a UofU student. The institution’s infrastructure (or clay that is used) is still constructed of Mormon influence in design. i.e. I attend BYU 2. For shame.
    Censorship is a wasted effort. Parents? I hope you are reading this. When your children attend public schools, no matter what, will eventually be exposed to the very things you try and protect them from. The extreme black and white secular paradigms here in this has forced me to plan to move somewhere else after I finish two Master degrees. My immediate family included will be leaving as well. The day I can finally break out of this ignorant, power-hungry culture will not be a good day for me but a tragic one. For this city is my very own place of origin.

  2. Deborah Whitecar says:

    i think the show is violent and graphic in nature but so that hasn’t stopped me from watching this show. the subject matter is riveting and provides insight on those who commit these disturbing crimes.

  3. Mike Rich says:

    99 % of the population is a sissy! they don’t go fast they don’t go big they don’t care about their self awareness. they’re the ones who are not watching the speed limit they’re the ones you’re waiting for at the grocery store. they don’t know how to drive in Utah but live here when it snows. then all the sudden they can’t handle what’s on TV when they have the remote in their hands of their fat ass.

  4. Mike Rich says:

    CHANGE…….THE……CHANNEL……! DO YOU HALF TO SIT THERE WITH YOU’RE KIDS AND YOUR SOFT SELF? and be the one that shelters your kids from death? My friend just got t boned in an intersection fell out and got ran over by his own truck. Reality is way worse than T V FICTION! SO WHEN YOU DIE PROTECT THEM FROM THE WAY PEOPLE REALLY DIE!

  5. KSL should not claim to be an NBC affiliate and then change all the programming. It’s a bait and switch method/ It’s like me advertising I’m The Disney Channel and when they tune in, they see porn. Not cool.

  6. 7ony says:

    I’m so thankful that I don’t live in Utah. Hannibal is one of the best tv shows out there. And if your kid is up that late on a school night watching it, he/she has more problems than taking this show off the air is going to fix.

    • No kidding. What are these parents doing? I’m an empty nester and I can watch whatever, whenever. But when I had three little rug rats running around, I guarantee you they did not see anything I deemed inappropriate! Do these parents seriously need the state, church and government controlling everything so they don’t have to make decisions regarding their child’s upbringing? Kids need to be outside playing with weather like this, and still in bed at a decent time for school. 1st amendment rights are being infringed upon. we should be able to see all of NBC’s lineup if we pay for it and so choose to see it. We should be grownup enough to know how to change the channel if we don’t like something.

  7. Mikki says:

    I live in Utah and I am really mad about this. I liked watching Hannibal. Luckily I get the NBC channel out of Las Vegas so I can still watch it. But They have done this with several other shows. I think if they don’t like the programming the NBC offers then maybe they should no longer be an NBC affiliate. They can start their own network, WWJD, and fund their own original programming that they find acceptable. I posted this comment on the KSL website when I read the story and guess what. It didn’t show up on the feed. Surprise surprise. I hate living in a state that decideds what I can and cannot watch on TV.

    • Why don’t you try a little of the same suggestions mentioned here??? If you don’t like KSL’s programming CHANGE CHANNELS! I also hate it when ever any “non-mormon” tries to force THEIR views on the mormons! I have not said if I am mormon or not, but it does not matter (I live in the Philippines). Don’t be so self-righteous yourself!

      • Ah, the point Keith and maybe you don’t see it because you don’t live here, but more and more the “little” things are being taken away. You bet, I change the channel when the prophet comes on TV. I change my radio station when I don’t lie the song. I choose what news to see and not to see. But you see, things are touchy here. For example, years ago, we had two competing news papers. The Salt Lake Tribune and The Deseret News. Both very opinionated and both full of information. One very conservative and one very liberal. The News is owned by the church. Well a few years back, they bought The Tribune. Now the choices we have are limited and the papers even print the exact same articles in the two editions. So it’s not just about Hannibal Keith. It’s about being so restricted that at some point you can have vanilla ice cream or vanilla ice cream. Of course the third option being no ice cream. Not acceptable and it’s gone too far here.

    • Mikki, I couldn’t agree more. I am asking everyone to write to KSL to express their perspective on this. You are absolutely right. They need to leave NBC and start their own network. the catch is, they wouldn’t make money. It’s like sleeping with the devil. NBC goes against pretty much everything KSL wants to represent, yet without NBC, KSL would not exist. So they accept “some evils, like Law and Order: SVU” but not others. What if they dropped SVU? There would be a public out cry. SVU has shown me some sexually explicit storys with all the blood and gore as Hannibal. I think people are truly freaked out because of the psychological aspect of the show. It plays with your mind. They hate free thinkers.

      • See Ryan here is demonstrating typical “I am better than you” behavior. Let me explain. If you read my comments I am in no means against or as Ryan put’s it an “anti-Mormon bigot”. Here he demonstrates a typical perception that Keith shares. If you are against a certain idea that Ryan or Keith have, then your automatically “anti-Mormon”. This is very dualistic and explains a lot of their frustrations.

        Point in fact, I attend my wife’s LDS church at 9am MST. I leave after the first meeting (Sacrament), then I go to the Zen Center. My wife stays for all 3 meetings. But Ryan wouldn’t know that. Ryan doesn’t know a thing about my religion or faith. He just believes that if I speak my opinion about NBC affiliates, what I believe they should offer as an Affiliate, then I am all of a sudden an “anti-Mormon bigot”.

        Wow! Ryan if my beliefs challenge your own security in life, maybe some introspect into your own existence is required here.

        As far as the News Papers, the whole, “check wiki if you don’t believe me” is a tail tell sign of a slow mind that believes they know everything because they can sit on a PC and use Google. And lord knows everything on the internet is real. lol.

        In all reality Ryan. I worked as a manager for The Newspaper Corporation that managed delivery of The Tribune and The News for close to 10 years. We were a separate entity than handled strictly distribution. I was there when they dissolved The NC, when the church purchased The Tribune and when they let all those journalist go from the Tribune, that showed clearly they were liberal lefties. Then The News switched from an afternoon paper to a morning paper for competition. And I would guess 70% of both paper’s articles are by the same journalist. These journalist being The Deseret News’s right wing conservative journalist. Yes The Tribune spoke fondly of Obama during the election. This was solely for appearance sake. Maybe take a minute and read beyond the first page Ryan.

        And as such a pro-Mormon advocate I am stunned (well not really) to see your vulgar response here. It’s funny that people commenting here in favor of Hannibal seems calm collected and only voicing their dismay. However, people upset with the people who are upset over the loss of the show, tends to show anger, hostility, and vulgarity. Maybe Hannibal, Dexter and the likes are outlets for the human physic. And those folks who pad themselves from reality, wanting everything safe and perfect are truly the ones with issues? Maybe, just maybe, they are the bottled up angry ones who are often involved in road rage, stress related illnesses and deaths. They seem to be the ones shooting their wives after church in the church’s parking lots. This is just my personal observation. In this thread it seems to be a mini case study supporting my findings.

        Lastly, my dad taught me several lessons before he passed away this past February. He was not LDS, he was human with flaws and weaknesses. However, he was honest, accepted who he was and became my best friend as I cared for him the past year as I watched him slowly die. He told me a very potent lesson that he himself took over 50 years to learn. He said this.

        “Swearing and vulgarity is the signs of a feeble mind trying to forcefully express itself.”

        Ryan, you did nothing here but prove my theories. Thank you.

      • Ryan says:

        Then leave!!!

        What bunch of crap coming from this anti-Mormon bigot. This guy sounds like ever asshole in this state that spews out a bunch of the same lies about the LDS Church. He claims to be the open minded one, when he just like ever other anti-Mormon bigot.
        Example: He lies about the Salt Lake Tribune, it is still considered a liberal backed newspaper, it backed Obama in the 2012 Election over Home Town Favorite Mitt Romney. plus, we have another very liberal independent newspaper called, The city Weekly. Yes, Utah is very conservative state much like New England Statws are liberal. Both areas are arrow-minded in their own way.
        I personally like Hannibal but at the same time was surprised by the violence for a public TV show. This show is a lot like Dexter, minus the sex and language. This show is different in text but has almost the same amount of graphic violence. Plus, just like Saturday Night Live, the WB affiliate of NBC has Hannibal. If you would your head out of your ass you would know that. If you don’t believe me go to Wikipedia or just believe what this idiot says.

      • Again Keith, this is just one small item. Living here you see it daily. And it is withering down to nothing, no choice, etc. KSL chose to be an NBC affiliate, so they should be one. How would you feel if you bought a box of Cocoa Puffs, came home, opened it up and there was a note on top that said no refunds, and it was Cheerios inside. If your going to dress up as a NBC affiliate, then be an NBC affiliate.

      • Try a little of your own medicine. Let them do what they want and do what you want. If you don’t like it, change the channel and let others choose to do what they want, don;’t be a hypocrite and try to force KSL to do what you want only.

  8. sharon says:

    I commend this station. I am not Morman. Our America needs to get back to morals!!!!

    • Sharon, I wouldn’t disagree with you on the morals. BUT with the government trying to pass CISPA, gun control, cutting social security, enhancing The Patriot Act do to the Boston Bombings and more, where do we stop chipping away at The Bill of Rights? Do they mean anything? Does a TV show really decide what our own personal actions are? And if someone doesn’t like it, why wouldn’t they change the channel? KSL is replacing Hannibal with more news! And news is pretty graphic and horrifying. I choose not to watch news because of it’s depressing approach. I look for news articles I want to watch online. So why would I be forced to stay on KSL and watch Hannibal? And just because I don’t care for something, does that mean it has to go away? At what point do we pad reality with political correctness, uniformity, and combination of Church and State to where it’s too much? Hitler performed all of these task in Germany. Are we the next 3rd Reich?

      • Again Keith, this is just one small item. Living here you see it daily. And it is withering down to nothing, no choice, etc. KSL chose to be an NBC affiliate, so they should be one. How would you feel if you bought a box of Cocoa Puffs, came home, opened it up and there was a note on top that said no refunds, and it was Cheerios inside. If your going to dress up as a NBC affiliate, then be an NBC affiliate.

      • Get over yourself and just change the channel! Let KSL run it’s station the way they want to. If you don’t like it change channels. Don’t be hypocritical.

  9. Ralph Malph says:

    I guess that KSL-TV thinks that everyone in Salt Lake has lost their remote controllers and are unable to change the channel.

    • Exactly Ralph! I want to know who is being forced at gun point to watch Hannibal? I mean really! Are we so damn sensitive that we can’t allow for diversity anymore? This seams to be the straw that broke my back regarding everything going on in this country! I appreciate your input here.

      • It’s funny Keith, short statements with no background to them, no facts, and you live in the Philippines? Really? They have a phrase for you, it’s called a “Troll”. Live and let live I say, but it goes both ways. Give me my NBC affiliate as advertised. If KSL wants to be something different, all they have to do is say so, let another channel have the cash cow and be a true NBC affiliate.

      • You are wrong! YOU are the one not letting them do what they want! Why do YOU want to force THEM to do what YOU want???

  10. Tammy says:

    Sigh.

    We deal with this kind of religiously-motivated garbage ALL THE TIME in Utah. The LDS church insists on forcing its personal code of ethics down the throats of everyone in the state, be they Mormon or not. It’s absolutely ridiculous! (Just look up our outrageously stupid liquor laws for a good “wtf?” accompanied by a spirited facepalm.)

    Hey, Mormon church! Learn to live and let live, you self-righteous bigots. This country was founded on the idea of religious freedom — that doesn’t only mean the freedom to be LDS, it also means the freedom to NOT be LDS! I am an adult capable of choosing what I watch on TV all by my lonesome, thank you very much.

    Get. Over. Yourselves.

    • Ha ha Keith, I think I am beginning to understand you. You think I hate someone or something. Maybe you believe I am anti-church, or against Mormons. That is not at all the case.

      And let me take this moment to offer you my sympathies in regards to your brother in law.

      I’m not asking anyone to do anything they don’t want to or shouldn’t do. What I am asking is simple. If you offer to sell me a specific product and I pay for it, shouldn’t you deliver the product you offered? the product I paid for? That’s what peels my hide brother.

      I’ll tell you what, find me on Face Book, it’s the only profile with my full name. I’ll add you as a friend. Then the next time your in Salt Lake you can be on my show and we can have a healthy discussion over this issue.

      As for pushing an agenda, naw. I take it all in. I really don’t have an agenda, that would require planning and strategy. Obviously, neither of those traits have been demonstrated here. I would consider myself a catalyst. My comments got you fired up. It makes for a great debate. As far as being Trolls, let’s admit it, we are both guilty of that on this thread.

      As far as humanity, every group, classification, religion, class, color, creed, race, gender, sexual preference, and location on this planet all share the same traits. In every case there are bigots, haters, liars, thieves, trolls, a$$holes, jerks, punks, and overall bad people. BUT in those same groups there are also equally, lovers, genuine, caring, giving, hopeful, and calm people. Now here’s the punch line. None of us can claim to be all the good things and none of the bad things. We have all of those traits inside each and every one of us. We are all those things and we display what we want, when we want to precipitate a perception to best fit our situation.

      Get in touch with me Keith of the Philippines. I would like to have you on my show.

    • I am NOT a troll. YOU are the one pushing an agenda here not ME. As it happens, my sister lives there and her husband worked on the mountain for a long time before his death. I have been there lots and I am at least a little familiar with the issues. I find it amusing that all the haters (not just here, but everywhere) have NO excuse for THEIR bad behavior, but accuse others of the same thing they are doing. I agree that sometimes individual members of the LDS church are rude, arrogant, and don’t do as they preach. But that is NO excuse for you to behave even worse and then to accuse them of things they did NOT do! You can’t follow your OWN advice??? It is always the ones who don’t like what someone else is doing that demand THEIR rights only to try to remove those same rights from others that disagree with them. It doesn’t matter the issue, the place, the people involved, or the time. It is always the same. Let me tell YOU what to do, but don’t you DARE do that to me! SO sad for the haters and the discontent. If you don’t like it there so much just move to a place you like it better!

    • And we deal with this kind of garbage from the godless all the time too. You are so hypocritical it is amazing. If YOU don’t like it you will force others to do what you want, but when they ask for the same privilege, you say NO WAY! How about you do what you are asking them to do and let live. If you don’t like their programming, just change channels and quit trying to tell them what to do just because you don’t like it. If YOU want to dictate the programming, get your OWN station and do what you like.

      • And this statement that you make Keith is very dualistic. Above you say, “And we deal with this kind of garbage from the godless all the time too”.

        That automatically sets anyone up to be “godless” if they disagree with your statements. How can you, a single person, stand here in this thread and claim to be strictly of God? Pretty arrogant.

        This assumption you displayed only furthers the discussion as a point in fact that you believe anyone in favor of the TV show “Hannibal” is then by association “Godless” and attacking you because you “have God”? Wow, now that’s an assumptive leap buddy.

        I have spent the last 10 years meditating daily for no less than 2 hours a day and I attend a Sunday service at the Kanzeon Zen Center (recently relocated) every Sunday. I’ve gone on meditation retreats in the Netherlands where we meditate from sun up to sunset. Buddhist monks tend to our needs as we do this. We break 6 times for restroom and three meals. and the meals we eat on our cushion. My last retreat was for 30 days my friend. When anyone sits like that for 30 days straight you tend to learn a lot. And this godless soul never brought that up as a defense until your statement here.

        To say I am “godless” because I enjoy the TV show “Hannibal” or that I believe someone who sells something should provide what they offered? Now that’s offensive not only to me, but everyone in here who has supported the TV show “Hannibal”.

        It’s amazing that someone who is so full of God automatically assumed that everyone in favor of the show is godless and you have to deal with our garbage? Wow. I didn’t realize you were so much better than us heathens Keith. I guess we should take our garbage and stop bothering you with our sins.

        And if we need to start quoting scripture (Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Buddha Koans), just let me know, I have a ton I want to spit out at you. I’m sure your familiar with them.

      • Oh and Keith,, I do have my own radio station. lol. And I do my own programming without lying to people and pretending to be an affiliate of some network and then switch the network’s programming to fit my own agendas. I stay independent so I can play what I want, say what I want, and be who I want. If people don’t like it, they don’t listen. BUT I don’t advertise that I am the Disney Channel and then give them something other than The Disney Channel when they tune in. Make any sense at all?

    • Tammy, brilliantly spoken! Separation of Church and State no longer exist in Utah. There are so many businesses owned by the church, controlled by the church or influenced by the church. They have way too much power here. They can affect and control as they please. Be it politicians, TV Stations, News Papers, liquor stores, and more. It makes me ill. funny thing is, as a church in and of itself, I respect that. But they go too far. Financing support for Prop 8 in California should have been the deal that cost them their tax exempt status. My wife’s step father works in advertising at the church headquarters and he said he spent day and night working on the Prop 8 campaign. This is in direct violation of their tax exempt status. could you imagine their tax bill if they lost that status? It’s very frustrating to see such an organization go against everything America stands for.

    • Irene says:

      I wonder what they think of “The Following” more graphic than Hannibal

      • “The Following” seems more graphic and negative than “Hannibal”, I agree. I believe if KSL wants to do business with NBC, they should follow the schedule like any other affiliate. Otherwise move on. I’m sure there are NBC executives that are not to happy over this move.

  11. We don’t have many good dramas anymore with all these stupid reality shows. Hannibal is a breath of fresh air!

    • I hate reality shows. And now they have fake reality shows “Lizzard Lick Towing”, and that stupid one with the New York fellow that serves subpenas. He has a really weird voice. Yeah, sick of all of that. I want good drama like Hannibal, The Following, and Revolution. KSL is going too far.

  12. Matt says:

    Wow. Glad I don’t live in Utah. And I guess I never will, couldn’t handle living in a place that appears to be run by religious idiots. also, why don’t people just grow up? Don’t like it, don’t watch it. Instead we get people that complain about it and ruin it for the everyone else.

    • All caps now Keith, don’t get emotional over it brother. I mean really, you seem so embroiled over the issue that I can hear you panting all the way from the Philippines. Just curious, what is your connection to this story? Are you LDS perhaps? I’m not disagreeing with free will, choice, or changing the channel, read my comments. It’s about delivering what is being advertised. If KSL wants to be an NBC affiliate, then they should broadcast NBC’s line up. It’s that simple. If KSL doesn’t want to do that, they should surrender their own rights to NBC, let someone else take over and run it correctly and start their own line up that would cater to the folks who dislike NBC’s line up. Why watch an NBC affiliate if you don’t like the NBC line up? NBC has a strong following and it sickens me to see KSL ride on NBC’s coat tails and then throw something completely different at their viewers. It’s simple bait and switch.

    • How about trying that your self??? If you don’t like KSL, don’t watch it!!! DON’T BE HYPOCRITICAL AND TRY TO FORCE THEM TO DO WHAT you WANT ALL THE TIME.

    • You nailed it Matt! I’m a radio host here in SLC, and my listeners are weighing in and most are pissed. Why pad and protect? People only request that when they are too lazy to self govern or properly supervise their own children. Thanks for the great feedback Matt!

  13. Seriously? Your (directed at KSL) replacing “Hannibal” with more news that clearly has more graphic content that the fictional show, is ridiculous.

    I refuse to watch the news simply because your standard seems to be “If it Bleeds, it leads”. I hear story after story of who was shot, who was killed, who stole what, who died in a fire, who caused this accident or that terror, what corrupt politician did what, who died in the mountains and then at the end you try to stroke me with a fluff piece about little Suzy getting her cat back.

    And sadly none of that can be controlled by the average viewer, leaving us with a sense of helplessness. Let’s be serous, this isn’t about the content of Hannibal. It’s about some business executives deciding how to get the most viewers and they believe because the majority of viewers here are LDS that they won’t get the higher ratings with Hannibal.

    To disguise this as a moral issue is insulting. Say it like it is. “KSL reports today they are dropping NBC’s new hit drama Hannibal in attempts to bring up ratings with a reality show they call “News” which by most accounts is darker in graphic content and decreases the morale of all Utahans across the state”.

    I am really disappointed that you take your viewers to be dolts. Maybe the physiological aspect of the show is just too much for KSL to wrap it’s noodle around? I really wish NBC would find a new station in Utah so we could watch the true NBC line up and not this crappy water downed version you throw at us.

  14. JAY P says:

    IN THIS TIME WE LIVE IN WE NEED MORE OF THIS…PULL NOT ONLY HANNIABLE BUT TONS MORE SHOWS THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT JUST SO NEGITIVE , THEN WE WONDER WHY WE HAVE BOMBINGS AND SHOOTINGS MURDER IN OUT STREETS OUR KIDS SEE HOW MUCH TRADEGY ON TV..THEN WE SHOW THESE TV SERIES AND SHOWS THAT ARE FULL OF HATE AND HURT.. COME WE HAVE TO START REGULATING THIS ..I UNDERSTAND ABOUT FREEDOM LAWS BUT WE HAVE TO HELP OUR CHILDREN OUR FUTURE SHOWS LIKE THIS DOESNT HELP WHAT GOING ON TODAY IN OUR SOICETY…PULL IT OFF THE SHELVES.. WE ARE HYPACRITS..WE WANT SAFETY AND PEACE BUT WE WATCH GARBARGE LIKE THIS AND WE SHOW IT OFF LIKE ITS COOL.IM SCARED FOR OUR FUTURE . GOD HELP US.

    • And I am tired of your ranting and raving for your “cause” just because you don’t want to let others do what they want, you want to control them and abuse their rights while demanding your own.

    • Again Keith, if KSL wants thei “own” programming, they should leave the brand NBC alone. If you want to watch NBC, it should be available. If someone does not appreciate the NBC line up they should change the channel. Instead they cry out demanded that the society in Utah be prohibited from such violence. Yet the hypocrisy lies in other shows. The National TV rating guide rates “Law and Order; SVU” the exact same rating as “Hannibal”, and KSL still airs that? So their excuse of graphic content is BS. If they truly cared about what they preach, they would create their own programming instead of cannibalizing the NBC line up. Using NBC to get viewers and then showing them something different.

      (Did you notice the cannibalizing comment? lol)

      • And I am tired of your ranting and raving for your “cause” just because you don’t want to let others do what they want, you want to control them and abuse their rights while demanding your own. It is THEIR station, NOT NBS’s private station. They can choose what they want to air, but YOU just can’t get over yourself and insist on having YOUR way even if it takes away the rights of others. Your entitlement attitudes and your need to control others while demanding that nobody do the same to you is what is wrong with this “me me” generation and the US right now.

    • I agree with the general idea of your post. The haters here just want to be hypocrites and force KSL to do what THEY want! If they don’t like KSL then they can get their OWN radio station and show the programs that THEY want.

    • Brandon says:

      There is a simple solution to all of this. Don’t like it? Don’t watch it. Stop trying to be behavior controllists and stop trying to tell other people what to watch, what to do and how to react. Take away all of the “bad things” in the world and it will not change things. You say God help us……yet religion has killed more innocent people in this world than anything else. Not saying you can’t have relgion because I believe in people’s rights and am an American, but judging you from your lack of grammar and spelling you wouldnt understand any of what I’ve said.

      • I’m tired of Keith’s short distempered comments. He lives in the Phillipines and seems so embroiled in this. Why? Is he a KSL representative trying to do damage control? Maybe a Mormon missionary in the Phillipines? Who knows. but I need to do school work and I enjoy getting in the last word, so forgive me for copying and pasting the same reply to Keith here. I don’t think people see it’s not about KSL choosing, it’s about what they are trying to represent (NBC) market and then bait and switch. I want a normal NBC line up. That’s all.

        Again Keith, if KSL wants thei “own” programming, they should leave the brand NBC alone. If you want to watch NBC, it should be available. If someone does not appreciate the NBC line up they should change the channel. Instead they cry out demanded that the society in Utah be prohibited from such violence. Yet the hypocrisy lies in other shows. The National TV rating guide rates “Law and Order; SVU” the exact same rating as “Hannibal”, and KSL still airs that? So their excuse of graphic content is BS. If they truly cared about what they preach, they would create their own programming instead of cannibalizing the NBC line up. Using NBC to get viewers and then showing them something different.

      • The same applies to you haters! If you don’t like it change channels! Or get your OWN station and run it like YOU want! Don’t be so hypocritical and try to tell KSL what to do just because of YOUR personal views!

      • Brandon, you’ve nailed it. I do a local morning radio show, and I read Jay P’s comment on air. I can’t believe how many people echoed your sentiments here. Behavior control, fear, etc is how they control us. People have become sheeple. They follow the flock. The belt out the sames sounds as everyone around them so they won’t be an outcast. Having the state raise our children and padding reality is stupid. Did you know KSL is replacing Hannibal with more news? Yeah like that’s not graphic, depicts real life murders, shootings, corrupt politicians, etc. That’s so much better than a fictional story. It reminds me of that couple that went around the nation killing people in the 90’s and then accused Oliver Stone’s movie “Natural Born Killers” for their crimes. The victim’s families actually sued Oliver tone and it went all the way to the Supreme Court. It was decided that we all have free agency, the 1st Amendment still stood, and in the end, we have a choice to watch or not to watch. My brain is about to explode with the thought of all of these wine sacks trying to make themselves comfortable in their own lives by controlling everyone else’s lives. Thank you Brandon for saying what all my listener’s have expressed.

  15. crazedseepies says:

    You know what, good for them. I don’t want my kids turning on the TV and watching that, so good for them.

    • First! You should control what your kids are watching! People who use the TV as a babysitter have more deficits to worry about than what is on TV. I’ve raised 3 very grown and well adjusted children. I paid close attention to what they watched, witnessed or heard. That’s my job as a parent. I didn’t expect TV stations, the state, school systems or anyone else to be responsible for raising my children. Too many people want all this padding and politically correct behavior to make the world safer. That’s not reality. The nightly new (which KSL is replacing Hannibal with) is 10 times more graphic! All it talks about is shootings, car chases, corrupt politicians, sex scandals and more! That’s what I prevent my children from watching, but now in your own thinking, if your kids turn on the TV, they will see the gruesome reality of murder and violence vs a fictional version.

      • YOU are the troll (the one with the agenda and pushing it so hard) and the hater here not me. But you can’t let others have their freedoms and be a well behaved citizen. YOU must be like God and tell others what to do if they are not doing what YOU want. You are selfish and childish to think that you can keep YOUR right to do and think they way YOU want but to refuse others the same thing. Why are YOU so fixated on ME??? Because I also don’t agree with you!!! That is the only reason. You are just selfish and not able to be fair or think clearly. YOU are only happy if everyone lets YOU do what YOU want and YOU can tell them what to do too!

  16. Chris F. says:

    I live in Salt Lake and am not a Mormon. As KSL is the NBC affiliate, I am forced to watch it at times. I could only hope that sooner than later, NBC will dump KSL as it affiliate. Since the Mormon church runs the station, it takes a lot away from the people who are not Mormon. Seriously, NO SNL, I could not believe when they refused to stop showing that. Then the New normal, I wouldn’t watch that anyway, but to remove it because of the churches gay beliefs, this is 2013, get over it, it’s going to be legal everywhere sooner or later, so why make yourselves look like a-holes longer than you have too. I am sick of this station doing what they want because of church beliefs. All you have to do is change the channel , ONE BUTTON. but nooooo, they have to complain about everything…

    THAT’S UTAH FOR YA!!!! Come to Utah, home of bigots and the most artificial nice people you’ll ever meet!

    • And how about your OWN bigoted views??? Just because you have a right to think for your self don’t take that right away from others! How about you let them run their station the way they want and if you don’t like it change the channel or get your OWN station to run the way YOU want???

    • Chris, go to KSL’s website and send them an email regarding this. I am spreading the word. It’s not just Hannibal. This is about the 1st amendment and the responsibilities of an affiliate of a national network and what that represents. Let me know if you get a response. Thanks for your input.

  17. Bob C. says:

    THIS JUST IN: Salt Lake City’s NBC affiliate, KSL-TV, America’s most lobotomizing station, is at it again. Terrified station owners, having already banned “The New Norma”l and “Saturday Night Live,” have announced from their underground bunkers that reruns of “Hanna Montana” will replace “Hannibal,” as apparently there are no viewers in the entire city under adult supervision.

    • Bob, write in to KSL please. Let’s bring this disgrace to light. They should drop NBC and make their own programming. They cut out so much of NBC it’s practically not NBC anymore.

      • But YOUR forcing KSL to do what YOU want only is NOT a disgrace??? You are a sad hypocrite and you need to practice a little of your own preaching and let them run THEIR station the way THEY want. Get your OWN station and then you can dictate what goes on. Until then just quit trying so hard to hate and tell others what to do while exercising your freedom to believe what YOU want to. NO station is perfect. Yours wouldn’t be either, if you had one. Get over yourself and quit trying to be the dictator you claim they are.

  18. laura says:

    I enjoy the show! I loved Silence of the Lamb. Shows you what Hannibal was like in the younger years! Yes, I know it’s not real! :)

    • Seriously? Your (directed at KSL) replacing “Hannibal” with more news that clearly has more graphic content that the fictional show, is ridiculous.

      I refuse to watch the news simply because your standard seems to be “If it Bleeds, it leads”. I hear story after story of who was shot, who was killed, who stole what, who died in a fire, who caused this accident or that terror, what corrupt politician did what, who died in the mountains and then at the end you try to stroke me with a fluff piece about little Suzy getting her cat back.

      And sadly none of that can be controlled by the average viewer, leaving us with a sense of helplessness. Let’s be serous, this isn’t about the content of Hannibal. It’s about some business executives deciding how to get the most viewers and they believe because the majority of viewers here are LDS that they won’t get the higher ratings with Hannibal.

      To disguise this as a moral issue is insulting. Say it like it is. “KSL reports today they are dropping NBC’s new hit drama Hannibal in attempts to bring up ratings with a reality show they call “News” which by most accounts is darker in graphic content and decreases the morale of all Utahans across the state”.

      I am really disappointed that you take your viewers to be dolts. Maybe the physiological aspect of the show is just too much for KSL to wrap it’s noodle around? I really wish NBC would find a new station in Utah so we could watch the true NBC line up and not this crappy water downed version you throw at us.

  19. Joe Smart says:

    Glad I don’t live in Utah. Maybe NBC should find a new affiliate not associated with the Mormon Church. Saturday Night Live is one of NBC’s few successful programs. I don’t see why the network would be OK with an affiliate making decisions like this.

    • Joe, I couldn’t agree with you more. My morning show listeners are calling in completely upset with KSL and several have commented that it’s time for NBC to drop KSL. Maybe Disney would be a better National syndicated partner for KSL. Keep up the free thinking jow. Good on ya!

      • Ha ha Keith, I think I am beginning to understand you. You think I hate someone or something. Maybe you believe I am anti-church, or against Mormons. That is not at all the case.

        And let me take this moment to offer you my sympathies in regards to your brother in law.

        I’m not asking anyone to do anything they don’t want to or shouldn’t do. What I am asking is simple. If you offer to sell me a specific product and I pay for it, shouldn’t you deliver the product you offered? the product I paid for? That’s what peels my hide brother.

        I’ll tell you what, find me on Face Book, it’s the only profile with my full name. I’ll add you as a friend. Then the next time your in Salt Lake you can be on my show and we can have a healthy discussion over this issue.

        As for pushing an agenda, naw. I take it all in. I really don’t have an agenda, that would require planning and strategy. Obviously, neither of those traits have been demonstrated here. I would consider myself a catalyst. My comments got you fired up. It makes for a great debate. As far as being Trolls, let’s admit it, we are both guilty of that on this thread.

        As far as humanity, every group, classification, religion, class, color, creed, race, gender, sexual preference, and location on this planet all share the same traits. In every case there are bigots, haters, liars, thieves, trolls, a$$holes, jerks, punks, and overall bad people. BUT in those same groups there are also equally, lovers, genuine, caring, giving, hopeful, and calm people. Now here’s the punch line. None of us can claim to be all the good things and none of the bad things. We have all of those traits inside each and every one of us. We are all those things and we display what we want, when we want to precipitate a perception to best fit our situation.

        Get in touch with me Keith of the Philippines. I would like to have you on my show.

      • Then let them choose another channel. Quit trying to dictate to others while saying that is what they are doing to you. They do NOT force you to watch their station, so just change the channel if you don’t like it! Don’t try to force them to do what YOU want with THEIR station!

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