The latest adaptation of Hannibal is undoubtedly one of the most gruesome shows on television. Bryan Fuller manages to successfully marry stylistically beautiful sequences with brutally macabre murder scenes, and it somehow rivals the body count and blood volume of a slasher flick, but within the confines of network television.
Each episode presents a new and truly disgusting crime scene, then enables the viewer to actually witness the carnage by using Will Graham’s unique ability to recreate the killer’s actions. It’s jarring, it’s emphatic and it’s irresistibly watchable.
The killers in the Hannibal universe are not only oddly creative with their methods, they also make sure that they never miss an opportunity to demonstrate all of the various ways that the human body can bleed. Hannibal bathes the audience in blood and entrails on a weekly basis, while constantly walking a fine line between being viscerally disgusting and psychologically unbalancing.
Of course, Hannibal wouldn’t be complete without serving up some tasty, human-filled treats cunningly disguised to look delectable. And that feeling of conflict you feel when you see it is exactly what draws you back to the show.
That balance – of beauty and entertainment and the grotesque – is precisely why Hannibal is great. But sometimes, it does push the boundaries a little far…
NBC has laid out premiere dates for its tentpole summer programming, which includes a pair of reality staples and scripted dramas “Aquarius” and “Hannibal.”
The Peacock kicks off summer on Memorial Day night (May 25) with the two-hour premiere of “American Ninja Warrior,” followed the next night by the two-hour return of summer’s most popular program for the last nine years, “America’s Got Talent.” Both shows will air from 8 to 10.
“Aquarius,” which explores the cat-and-mouse game between Charles Manson and the police in the years leading up to the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders in the late 1960s, will bow on Thursday, May 28, with a special two-hour opener. It will regularly air at 9 p.m.
“Aquarius” stars David Duchovny as LAPD Sgt. Sam Hodiak, Grey Damon as young undercover cop Brian Shafe, and Gethin Anthony as Manson.
“Hannibal” returns Thursday, June 4, and will air in the 10 o’clock hour, where its scripted competition will include CBS’ “Under the Dome” starting June 25. In its second season last spring, “Hannibal” averaged a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.7 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-7″ estimates.
The Thursday timeslot marks a return to the night “Hannibal” aired on during its first season. It played on Fridays in 2014.
NBC is expected to announce additional summer programming at a later time.
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
We live in the age of the Internet, of constant social media connectivity, and a time where every single TV show is recapped, tracked, and dissected within an inch of its life, often to the point of being anticlimactic. But there are a handful of shows that the Internet has embraced in a very special way: An un-spoil-able way. It’s a testament to the vision and creativity of the people making these shows that they can constantly tease — and give explicit details even — and still not ruin the actual viewing experience for fans. These are the four most un-spoil-able shows currently on TV:
1. Hannibal (NBC)
Hannibal boss Bryan Fuller has an insanely big mouth, in the most delightful way, but Fannibals are never shouting “Spoiler alert!” Why? Because he has mastered the art of the big tease. Fuller proved this once again right after that insane Season 2 finale — which he’d already heavily previewed in the season’s in media res opening scene — when he immediately launched into their game-changing plans for Season 3. He has since given away casting, locations, and so much more, and we can still guarantee that we’ll be at the edge of our seats each week when the show returns, screaming “What?!” And considering that the show’s twisty-turny storylines are mostly from the existing Hannibal Lecter books and movie properties, they deserve extra bonus points for keeping us all on our toes. / Source/Read More
“Hannibal” has just started production on Season 3, and like seasons past, it will divide its 13 episodes into two arcs. The first half will deal with Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) on the run overseas, and showrunner Bryan Fuller already has a plan for how it will play out visually.
“We’re actually going to be going to Italy for exteriors,” he tells Zap2it. “We’re going to be shooting in December in Florence. It’s funny because we’re turning Toronto into Lithuania, we’re turning Toronto into Paris, we’re turning Toronto into Florence and Palermo. It’s about finding interiors that give us a little bit of history and a little bit of aesthetic that gets us out of the Toronto sphere. … When you see those exteriors intercut with the interiors, the audience’s mind will just make the connection.”
RELATED: Bryan Fuller promises ‘a new pilot’ in ‘Hannibal’ Season 3
But Fuller already has some big plans beyond that for Season 3. He confirms to Zap2it that he plans to introduce “a lot of the ‘Red Dragon’ characters in the third season. We’ll be seeing Francis Dolarhyde and Molly [Foster] and Reba [McClane].”
With Fuller’s plan to have Season 4 cover “Red Dragon” territory, it’s a no-brainer that Season 3 would introduce the woman who would later become Will Graham’s wife, Molly Foster. Fuller says no actress has been cast for the role yet, since she’s going to be introduced midway through Season 3.
Source – Click to view Zap2It’s suggestions for who could follow in the footsteps of Kim Greist (“Manhunter”) and Mary-Louise Parker (“Red Dragon”)
PaleyFest NY 2014: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Show Creator Bryan Fuller Talk HANNIBAL
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Four genres. 64 shows. Almost 1 million total votes.
Our 2014 “Fandom Wars” proved that fans will turn out, and in big numbers, to prove their love for their show and their community to everyone online.
So what fandom came out on top this year?
It was close, but in the end, the “Hannibal” fandom, propelled with help from the show’s writers, producers and official accounts, came out on top over the “Arrow” fandom, 53% to 47%.
The final round voting breakdown was as follows:
“Hannibal” — 236,396 votes
“Arrow” — 206,890 votes
Of note: Out of the staggering 811,245 votes cast since “Fandom Wars” began on Sept. 7, “Fannibals” votes were a whopping 321,642 of them. That’s more than a third of all the votes, for all the shows.
We think you deserve … a nice dinner. Source
Congratulations to everyone involved! Fantastic job, Fannibals!
Paleycenter.org has announced that Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas and Bryan Fuller will be at this years Paleyfest in New York.
8:30 pm Scheduled to appear: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Bryan Fuller
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