Hannibal scoured Hugh Dancy’s past to plan Will Graham’s future.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Tony winner Nina Arianda — Dancy’s leading lady in Broadway’s Venus in Fur — is joining the acclaimed NBC thriller’s Season 3 cast as Will’s new bride.
As TVLine was first to report, Arianda’s recurring character, Molly, will be introduced in Episode 8, an installment that will jump ahead several years to allow for the transformation in Will’s personal life.
Single mom Molly is described as a strong, vibrant thirtysomething who is not only unperturbed by her husband’s dark and occasionally tortured past — but has worked to help him overcome it. She “understands that Will is a good man, and her love has allowed him to rebuild himself. But when Will is asked to return to the FBI, she also urges him to try and save lives, knowing what risks this entails.”
Arianda’s TV credits include guest stints on 30 Rock, Hostages and The Good Wife.
NBC will serve up Hannibal Season 3 this summer. / Source
NBC is pushing Hannibal to the summer, the network’s entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt confirmed Friday. But that’s okay, because the network loves summer. “It’s a show we love, it’s critically acclaimed, we love it,” NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “And we also love summer. We have exciting plans for summer.” – Source
“Hannibal” season 3 will be a little late for dinner — as in summer.
NBC executives had previously suggested that Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal Lecter prequel series would likely return very late in the season, and at press tour today, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said it would actually be on in the summer.
“It’s a show we love,” Greenblatt said. “We love it. We also love summer,” noting that it would be part of a lineup that could also include David Duchovny chasing Charles Manson in “Aquarius” and Zachary Levi in “Heroes: Reborn.”
“It’s been critically acclaimed by a few of you in the room, if not many,” he added. (Technically, this may be true; “Hannibal” finished 12th overall in the HitFix Television Critics Poll, but with only votes from eight critics.)
Hannibal’s first season debuted late in spring, and the show wasn’t even renewed for a second until well past that year’s NBC upfront. So would a summer debut affect the feasibility of ordering future seasons? And given the unique financial arrangement NBC has for the show with Gaumont International, is there a lower ratings threshold for survival than a show produced by NBC’s own studio?
“Summer doesn’t affect the future of the seasons,” Greenblatt said after his executive session. “Deal-wise, it’s a great business deal for us, even at a low rating, which is why it’s been for as long as it has been.”
(“Hannibal” remains one of NBC’s lower-rated series, which is no doubt why they’re holding it for summer in favor of shows they hope will do better in-season.)
At Comic-Con, Fuller said that the first half of the season would focus more on Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Dr. Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) in Europe. Anderson and Raul Esparza are now series regulars, and it’s been reported that Joe Anderson has replaced Michael Pitt as Mason Verger, while Richard Armitage will portray “Red Dragon” villain Francis Dolarhyde. And for those who keep asking about Laurence Fishburne’s availability — assuming Jack Crawford survives the events of the season 2 finale — the premiere date has nothing to do with it. As an actor, he has first contractual position to “Hannibal,” not “Black-ish” (where he is a producer and recurring guest star), and if Fuller wants him, he will get him. – Source
DailyTelegraph.com.au published an article featuring their choices for the best and worst shows to air in 2015 on Australian TV. Hugh’s upcoming project Deadline Gallipoli featured in the list of best. You can view the full post by clicking on the source text below.
THIS quiet period between Christmas and New Year is the perfect time to get your affairs in order by deciding which TV shows are worth your time in 2015.
Deadline Gallipoli (Showcase)
Four-part miniseries takes a unique tack, following war correspondents Phillip Schuler (Sam Worthington), Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett (Hugh Dancy), Keith Murdock (Ewen Leslie) and Charles Bean (Joel Jackson). / Source
I have added high quality images of Hugh filming Hannibal Season Three with Mads Mikkelsen to our photo archive. Thank you to my friends Liz from mads-mikkelsen.net for sending these our way!
You can view the online article quote below, I have also uploaded the magazine scan to our photo archive thanks to my friend Luciana over at tom-mison.org for sending it our way!
10. Hannibal (NBC)
This engrossing transmutation of Lecter pulp into TV serial dared to depict pop cult’s loony romance with evil as a literal doomed one. Hugh Dancy’s Will tried to beat Mads Mikkelsen’s cannibal at his own game—and wound up gutted by his adversary. Along the twisted path, the show explored themes of transcendence and transgression in intimacy, religion, art, and dining. The audacity of the subject matter was matched by the inventiveness of its presentation. Hannibal is like the roasted bird Will and Lecter swallowed during their last supper, ”a rare but debauched delicacy.” / source