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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!

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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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