NBC Serves Up Hannibal to Viewers.

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With its premiere date set, NBC is offering up some delectable information on it’s newest drama ‘Hannibal’.  Premiering April 4th (10/9c), Hannibal examines the relationship between the infamous Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), two characters introduced in the novel ‘Red Dragon’ by author Thomas Harris and works as a prequel to the Silence of the Lambs tale.

“Before there was “Silence of the Lambs,” before there was “Red Dragon,” Hannibal Lecter was a brilliant psychiatrist in the employ of the FBI.  Recruited by FBI boss Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, to crack the tough cases.  Now Lecter must help a sensitive but gifted criminal profiler, Will Graham, who is haunted by his ability to see into the minds of serial killers.

Will, the hunter of psychopaths, finds himself seated opposite Hannibal, the biggest psychopath with the biggest secret, discussing dark feelings and precarious mental states.”

The gore factor is upped more than your standard night-time drama on a non-cable network with one scene showing the famously cannibalistic doctor serving up a pair of gourmet lungs.

Lawrence Fishburn (The Matrix) is along for the ride as Agent Jack Crawford and keep an eye out for the X-Files’ Gillian Anderson who shows up later in the opening season as Lecter’s therapist.

Hannibal premiere’s on NBC on April 4th (10/9c)

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Debra Messing Smashes NBC Goodbye.

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With NBC’s musical showpiece ‘SMASH’ delegated a less-than-lovable Saturday night time-slot [from April 6th], star Debra Messing spent no time locking in a back-up plan in case the show is not renewed for a (unlikely) third season.  Viewers has been dropping heavily since the shows second season premiere (recently earning a measly 0.8 rating) resulting in the change of time-slot.

Messing has been attached to a project for CBS,  the lead in a yet-to-be-titled comedy from Sex and the City alums Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky.  The untitled comedy will see Messing play “Shira, a happily married but harried mother struggling to balance family, life and work. Between her job as a ghost writer for a demanding celebrity chef and having three children all ranging in age from preschool to 7, she feels like the world’s worst mother because of her tendency to cut corners.”

Messing is the first and only star to be cast.

After two seasons on SMASH as playwright Julia Houston, this will be Messing’s first series comedy role since the end of the popular Will & Grace.

UPDATE: March 2014 – Debra Messing lands lead in new cop drama

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