NBC Sets Premiere Date for 'Hannibal'
Thursday, February 14, 2013
On April 4, bust out the fava beans and a nice Chianti, because Hannibal Lecter is coming to television. The new NBC drama Hannibal, following the early years of the notorious cannibal immortalized by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs, will premiere Thursday, April 4 at 10pm, as announced by creator Bryan Fuller on Twitter.
The series chronicles the early friendship between FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and forensic psychologist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).
The new drama is being developed by Bryan Fuller, creator of such imaginative and brilliant shows as Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls. He was also developing NBC's reboot of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane, though it wasn't picked up.
Hannibal will feature several reunions for Fuller as it features Wonderfalls star Caroline Dhavernas as a profiling consultant for the FBI and Pushing Daisies' Ellen Green as a Boston author who is friends with Lecter.
Other notable stars include Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, Graham's boss at the FBI, and Fishburne's real-life wife, Suits star Gina Torres, as Crawford's wife.
Hannibal is taking over the fairly ominous time slot of Thursdays at 10pm on NBC, which has been home to failed dramas Prime Suspect, The Firm, Awake and Do No Harm over the past two years. It will be interesting to see Hannibal Lecter, a well-known literary character, competing against Sherlock Holmes on Elementary.
Will Hannibal be the show to finally break NBC's record of failure on Thursdays at 10pm? Or will it be just another victim in an increasingly long series of shows, good and bad, that tank?
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