NBC took a pretty enormous risk last year when they decided to pick up a season of the drama “Hannibal” straight to series, obviously knowing that if they found a way to mess this up, fans of “The Silence of the Lambs” would protest their network to the ends of the earth. However, they still went through with their plans, and the first episode of the series’ first season kicks off on Thursday, April 4 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time.
For this series, Mads Mikkelsen is going to be taking on the classic role, while the cast also includes Hugh Dancy (playing profiler Will Graham) along with Laurence Fishburne in the role of Jack Crawford. One of the most-promising elements of this entire series is the presence of “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller, who is a man credited for having some of the most interesting and unusual ideas on television. His style is similar in some ways to Tim Burton, but he tends to emphasize his characters in a way that brings to mind another visionary in Joss Whedon. After Fuller left “Heroes,” the show completely started to fall apart.
At this moment, the biggest foe that “Hannibal” may face is its terrible timeslot. This spot has killed in particular a whole heap of NBC series over the years, including “Prime Suspect,” and attempt to revive the regular version of “The Apprentice,” “Awake,” and “Do No Harm.” Although “Rock Center with Brian Williams” survived the slot earlier this year, it is actually drawing better ratings on Friday nights.
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