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After Three Seasons NBC is Full of Hannibal

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Seriously, we could not even attempt another mouthful” is the word coming from NBC regarding it’s decision to end the not-for-the-squeamish thriller series Hannibal.  The Silence of the Lambs prequel series created by Bryan Fuller will see out it’s 13 episode third season on NBC, Thursday nights at 10pm.

“NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers,” Fuller said in a statement. “[NBC Entertainment exec] Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure.Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.” 

Talk of so-so ratings and a possibility of a licencing clash over the character of Clarice Sterling (portrayed by Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs) that Fuller wanted to bring into season 4 are currently being thrown around for the cancellation.

It’s a possibility however that not everyone has had their fill.  The De Laurentiis Company, which produces Hannibal, tweeted that the company is “exploring other options for future seasons,” adding “others have expressed interest in partnering with us.”

Here’s hoping Hannibal can open up shop somewhere else!

Meet the Bride of Hannibal in the New Season 3 Trailer

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Gillian Anderson as Bedelia Du Maurier

They say marriage is a sacred institution.  One that is not to be entered into lightly and as the traditional vows go “Till death do us part” and judging by the new Hannibal season three trailer, death may be more imminent in a surprise new union.

In the closing moments of the season two finale, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) was seen leaving on a jet plane with his former therapist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) and it seems by the trailer above, this new relationship will be the focus of season three.

Showrunner Bryan Fuller recently told Digital Spy that Anderson has “quite a big role in the first half of the season”, and has one “hilarious” episode in particular.  It’s such a treat because you don’t see a lot of comedy from Gillian Anderson in her roles, but she’s very funny as a human being and incredibly funny as an actress when she turns it on,” he said.

Hannibal returns

USA: Thursday, June 4 on NBC
Australia: TBA on FOX8

First Look – Hannibal Season 3 Trailer

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The first look at Hannibal’s third season is ready for devouring and judging by the video, it looks like we’re in for a mighty meal.

The trailer for the cult-favorite, blood soaked thriller shows Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) alive and well after his encounter with Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) obsessivly on the hunt tracking down the killer with a penchant for flesh who is now on the run.

Gillian Anderson is back (of course, but this time in a more permanent role) as Bedelia Du Maurier and a new face in the form of Tao Okamoto as Chio who, as Fuller states, plays a twist on the Lady Murasaki character from the Hannibal novels.

Check out the trailer below:

Showrunner Bryan Fuller announced that season three will pull heavily from Thomas Harris’ novels Red Dragon and Hannibal Rising, mashing up elements from both novels and revealing a very different origin story for Hannibal.

Hannibal’s third season begins later this year.

Hannibal Season 2 Moves to Fox8…But Not Just Yet.

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Wanting to know when and where season 2 of our sadistic serial killer Hannibal can be found?  You’re not alone.  After Channel 7 aired the first season of the twisted crime thriller, all was quiet on the programming front as to where it was on their schedule, especially seeing Season 2 began airing in America back on Feb 28th.

It’s recently been revealed that Foxtel’s FOX8 channel has secured the rights to air the second season and after advertising a start date of March 27th, we all began to get worried when it wasn’t showing up on any guide.

Turns out, ‘scheduling changes’ saw the scrapping of the original air date and now FOX8 will not be showing any part of season two until May 25th – 2 days after the USA airing of the season two final episode.

So at least we now have a date and a location for this eagerly awaited second season!

Details on Hannibal’s Second Season  |   FOX8 Hannibal Homepage

A Reckoning is Coming: New Hannibal Season 2 Trailer Out

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It does need to be said that for the most part, on paper, a small screen show about one of cinema’s most infamous serial killers should not have worked – especially when working with the constraints of censors and network television yet NBC’s Hannibal turned out to be one of the most thrilling and chilling new shows to premiere in 2013.

The ‘different killer each episode’ is tired but works (look at The Blacklist) but it’s the underlying main storyline of Hannibal and his connections to each murder that pulled us in.  Superb performances from Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), Hugh Dancy (WIll Graham) and even Gillian Anderson as Hannibal’s therapist Bedelia Du Maurier was exciting to watch.

Needless to say, i’m excited to see what’s coming.

Now NBC have dropped a preview for the show’s upcoming second season and it looks like things pick up right where we left off with Will Graham behind bars, accused of the crimes actually committed by Hannibal now trying to prove his innocence by throwing shade on the real killer – Hannibal Lecter.

Check out the preview below.

Hannibal returns to American screens on Feb 28th.  No date set for Australian screens.

Sex and The City Star Joins Hannibal for Season 2

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Cynthia Nixon to Join Hannibal Season 2

Cynthia Nixon, most well known as fiery Miranda Hobbs in HBO’s Sex and the City has signed on for a recurring role in the second season of Hannibal when it returns for a mid season run.

Nixon is set to take on the role of Jack Crawford’s (Laurence Fishburne) new boss Kade Prurnell, an employee of the Office of the Inspector General in FBI Oversight. She’ll come in to investigate all of the events that went down in the first season and Jack’s role in it all.

 

 

 

Hannibal Season 2 Details

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Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal

Let’s make something very clear.  Series creator Bryan Fuller always intended for series one of Hannibal to go in Dr. Lecter’s favour.

Says Fuller: “When I was breaking the pilot and thinking about where this goes, it occurred to me that Hannibal needs to win this round…I had always pitched in every conversation that … the last shot of the season is that iconic shot from Silence of the Lambs where you’re coming down the corridor toward the last cell on the left and instead of finding Hannibal Lecter there, you find Will Graham. It felt very poetic and it felt powerful and it felt full of promise.

With season one now done, fans (myself included) are left to wonder what the fate is for our beloved Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and who’s next on the menu for Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen).

In an interview with TV Guide, Fuller was quick to re-instate his plan for the series stating that Hannibal will consist of several season long story arcs that will bring the series to it’s most logical conclusion – the beginning of The Silence of the Lambs.

Season two will be set up to explore the ramifications of those involved in season one considering most were dealt heavy blows by Will’s supposed involvement in the copycat murders.

Says Fuller, “[Will] will be incarcerated, and we will be dealing with all of the threads of that…Will Graham needs to go on trial for the murders that he may or may not have committed. Jack has to be brought before a review board for his participation in what happened to Will, and Hannibal, as Will’s psychiatrist, is going to continue to try to help Will see the truth that Hannibal wants him to see. The ball is up in the air in so many ways for Jack and Hannibal and Will. The fun of season 2 will be spiking those balls.”

Fuller also states that season two will also incorporate Will’s realization that Hannibal was in fact responsible for the copycat murders to which Fuller feels like Will would have mentioned something to Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishbourne) prior to being tossed in a cell. In addition to facing a review board as fallout for the Will Graham fiasco, it seems that investigating Will’s claims will clearly be a part of Jack’s season 2 arc.

“…Jack will be investigating those accusations. I think after Will woke up from getting shot by Jack and before he was put into the institution, he shared his theories about Hannibal. Now it’s up to those characters and Hannibal Lecter to either support or deny those accusations in a properly investigated way.”

Fuller is still yet to part with any details on supporting cast including Gillian Anderson as Hannibal’s psychotherapist.  “I don’t think anyone knows what’s going to happen in the series. However, I will continue to be on it, until he eats me,” Anderson says.

Hannibal will return for Season two in 2014.

Update: New details on Hannibal’s second season (moving to Fox8 on Foxtel)

Renewed: Hannibal Back for Season 2

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Hugh Dancy as FBI Profiler Will Graham

After what seemed like an insanely long wait, NBC have finally announced that psycho-drama Hannibal will be back for a second helping.

The series, created by Bryan Fuller and starring Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne, has been holding steady with viewers (currently holding a 4 million viewership) but is up against solid favourites including Elementary and Scandal.  

NBC announced that is has ordered 13 episodes for season two and will hit screens either mid season or later.  “We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “There are many great stories still to be told.”

Hannibal airs on Channel 7, Wednesdays at 10pm.

 


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