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KSL yanks violent ‘Hannibal’ off its schedule

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It's not just that show. NBC's "Revolution" and "Grimm" can be hugely violent.

And it's not just NBC. There's a long list of violent shows, from CBS' "Criminal Minds" to The CW's "Supernatural" to Fox's "The Following."

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I can't begin to tell you how many times I've had a conversation that went like this:

Parent: Is such-and-such show OK for my kids to watch?

Me: Well, 11 people are shot to death, there are two stabbings, a guy's head is chopped off and there's blood everywhere.

Parent: But are there any sex scenes?


We could argue about the competing studies on how television influences behavior. But broadcast TV is based on the commercials affecting behavior, so it's disingenuous to argue that program content does not.

If I had young children, there's no way I'd allow them to watch "Hannibal." When my kids were growing up, I knew what was on TV and didn't let them watch a lot of it.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting sexual content is good for children. I'm not suggesting that adults shouldn't watch shows designed for them. I'm not suggesting local stations should pull shows and deny adult viewers the right to make decisions for themselves.

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But what I don't understand is parents who reject sex on TV but don't flinch at the violence.

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