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.
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.)
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.