New series 'Bates Motel' and 'Hannibal' adding more violence to television

By Liza Pluto,

Despite all the controversy over gun control and violence in the media, it seems as though major television stations have not received the memo. Television series such as American Horror Story, The Killing, and Criminal Minds, to name a few, involve brutal killings, acts of rape, and torture. Are these shows only digging further into the realm of violence? Two of the newest shows to air, Bates Motel and Hannibal, beg to differ, focusing on mystery and killings from a different perspective.

A&E is shedding some light on the earlier years of a well-known Hollywood serial killer through its new series Bates Motel. The show revisits Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho and takes a deeper look into the early life of Norman Bates and his mother. Even though this show acts as a foreshadowing element to the gruesome, eerie 1960 film, it is supposedly set in modern day and tweaks some of the original story line. Yahoo News proclaims that this television prequel has a totally different feel from the original film and portrays Norman in a more normal light.

As for NBC’s newest series, Hannibal, Zap2it purports that it has the potential to be the most violent show on television. This rumor may not be too far from the truth, since it surrounds the notorious character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the famous Hollywood cannibal.

Will these shows make a killing in the ratings, or will the hype soon die down?



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