We’ve been talking about the TV premiere of Hannibal Lector for a while now. Not sure how our favorite cannibal is going to play out on network TV but hell, I’m willing to give it a shot.
Tonight brings the news that NBC has decided what to do with the show and they’ve placed it on Thursday nights at 10 PM starting on April 4th. HANNIBAL is going to take place during the Will Graham era of the Hannibal Lector storyline. Here’s the synopsis:
One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.
Will Graham is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he’s pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership, and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch. If Will only knew…
Cast wise NBC has assembled a great one. You’ve got Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter and supporting them will be Laurence Fishburne and Caroline Dhaverna as well as Molly Shannon, Ellen Muth, Anna Chlumsky, Lance Henriksen, Gillian Anderson, Chelan Simons, Ellen Greene, Gina Torres, and Raul Esparza
Gonna be a wild ride!