• “Hannibal” and Hypocrites

    by  • July 15, 2014 • Violence • 7 Comments

    Every time anybody criticizes the sexual and violent content so prevalent in the entertainment industry, the consistent refrain from

    nbclogoHollywood is that it’s “all about the money,” or network executives simply “give the public what it wants to see.”  At the PTC, we spend a good bit of effort detailing how the market for non-offensive material dwarfs the potential audience for more explicit fare.

    Every so often though, a network executive will (accidentally?) tell the truth about how content decisions are made.

    Bob Greenblatt, NBC’s entertainment chairman, appeared at the Television Critics Association summer press tour panel with a lot to say about what to expect out of NBC for the foreseeable future.  My colleague, Melissa Henson, reported to you yesterday about NBC’s would-be plans to drop more F-bombs on its audience.

    As if that weren’t indefensible enough, Greenblatt went on to discuss Hannibal  – an ultra-violent program that we’ve been forced to criticize before.  Simply put, Hannibal is among the most sinister, most violent programs ever developed for television.

    And Greenblatt wants more of the same – despite admitting that the “dark and subversive” nature of the program limits its audience!

     Among the shows the Emmys snubbed was “Hannibal,” a series with cable panache and good reviews to match. But it hasn’t earned strong ratings, and its graphic portrayals of elaborate murders may be one reason why.

    “‘Hannibal’ is, and I think most people in this room would agree, one of the best shows we have creatively and one of the best-reviewed shows this network has had since I’ve been here, and we still struggle to find an audience for it,” Greenblatt said.

    “It’s great, we’re keeping it going,” he added. “The minute you try to do something that is dark and subversive and frightening and gets into that territory, you start to peel away the mass audience.”

    “And they just pitched the next season and it blew us away,” added NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke.

    It’s worth noting that the ratings for Hannibal are subpar,  and even softer this season than last, but that didn’t prevent Greenblatt and NBC from renewing it anyway.

    So which is it, Hollywood?  Do you just “respond to the audience,” or does your desire to be “dark and subversive” actually outweigh your desire for good ratings?  Sadly for parents and families, you’ve already answered that question.

    Any reasonable and responsible business decision would lead Greenblatt to cancel Hannibal and replace it with something that appeals to a broader audience.

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    As Director of Communications and Public Policy for the Parents Television Council, Dan Isett is responsible for advancing the PTC’s mission to federal, state and local elected and appointed officials, as well as the Federal Communications Commission.

    7 Responses to “Hannibal” and Hypocrites

    1. Bob Riddle
      July 15, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      The reason Hannibal gets low rating is because it sucks not because it’s violet or dark. If the masses didn’t like that stuff, then why is The Walking Dead one of the best rated shows? Or Games of Thrones? Why are there so many horror fans? This article proves once again that the PTC thinks they know what is best for everyone. Also don’t give me one of your “studies” because it’s they are baised to your likeing.

      Your guys are going to hate me as a filmmaker because I go against every thing this group stands for.

      • Moax429
        July 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

        Maybe because said horror fans’ mentalities *aren’t* in their heads – it’s in their gluteus maximus areas.

        • Moax429
          July 16, 2014 at 3:44 pm

          One other thing I forgot:

          Is it any wonder because of shows like “Hannibal” influencing young people we’ve had such horrific tragedies such as Columbine and Sandy Hook?

          It was gratifying to read last year that KSL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah, refused to air “Hannibal” – and *still does* – because of many complaints from viewers in that area. If only other TV stations across the country would do the same.

          PTC, I *have* – and *always will* – believe in and support your work. The gentleman in the above comment thinks *he* – as well as the rest of the “Hollyweird elite” – knows what’s best for everyone, and if you hadn’t come along to expose the truth people like him would still be pushing their warped agendas on us.

          So, PTC, *more* power to you!

      • Patrick B
        July 23, 2014 at 6:39 am

        Bob, your comment is truly concerning. Who did what to you to make you so angry, so set on the promotion of violence? Have you or your loved ones ever been the victim of this kind of violence? Surely not, as you would not so readily throw down the gauntlet to defend it.

        And dude, spellcheck.

    2. Mrs. M
      July 17, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      If I were the Hollywood execs that are responsible for all the shows that are ugly and appeal to sinister, vulgar people, I would be embarrassed and ashamed.
      I would monitor everyone’s behavior who watches or drives this sickness because they need serious counseling! Ask any psychologist….. What goes in must come out and what is in their mind is in their character! Don’t think anyone should be in a room alone with anybody involved in these sick shows!

    3. Linda Adams
      July 18, 2014 at 7:48 am

      I think their agenda is plain and simple! They have evil in their hearts and are doing Satan’s bidding!

    4. Carol
      April 13, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      But I like Hannibal. I don’t want it to be cancelled. I want to see how the story ends.

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