NBC’s Hannibal Gets an Air Date (and We Don’t Have to Wait Til Summer)


The new NBC television series based on the Hannibal Lecter stories finally has an air date. We’ve been hearing about the series, which is being shot in Canada, since last year. But for a long time, it was in limbo, with talk that it might be added to the summer season.

Well, luckily, we don’t have to wait that long. “Hannibal” will begin on April 4, 2013 at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central.

Starring Hugh Dancy as profiler Will Graham, Laurence Fishburne as Agent Jack Crawford, and Mads Mikkelsen (see Jane’s article about him) as Dr. Lecter, the show reportedly draws on five pages from Thomas Harris’ book “Red Dragon.” The weekly dramas take place before Lecter’s incarceration depicted in “Silence of the Lambs” and will see Lecter working with Graham to solve crimes.

The core cast of “Hannibal” – Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Lawrence Fishburne, Aaron Abrams, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Hettienne Park, Scott Thompson, and Mads Mikkelsen

When I interviewed Raul Esparza in January, who will play Dr. Frederick Chilton, the role originated by Anthony Heald in “Silence of the Lambs,” he said it was a very creative atmosphere, and he sounded excited about the project. (Read that interview.)

Eddie Izzard is among the actors who will appear on the show; his role will be as one of the serial killers. Expect to see Ellen Greene, Molly Shannon, and Gillian Anderson as well, among others.

Created by Bryan Fuller, the man behind “Heroes” and “Pushing Daisies,” the show sounds like it could be a winner. Take a look at the trailer.


2 responses to “NBC’s Hannibal Gets an Air Date (and We Don’t Have to Wait Til Summer)”

  1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

    What a cast! I can’t wait to see this show. I mean, if *this cast with *this story and Bryan Fuller at the helm doesn’t make it, I just don’t know anymore.

    And here’s what I like about a show like Hannibal: It has enough gore and mind-bending stuff to keep it interesting, but it appears to be mostly character-driven (which can be terrifying all by itself).

    I was just thinking about how I loved the first season of American Horror Story, but the second season just got too weird for me so I quit watching. The first season was weird, too, but came just to the edge for me without going over.

    Anyway, really looking forward to Hannibal.

    1. Melanie Votaw Avatar
      Melanie Votaw

      Yes, I have high hopes for the series. Raul was very energized when he talked about it, and he told me something about an episode they were shooting this week (that I can’t disclose). Mads looks like he’s going to be deliciously creepy as Lecter.

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