NBC Gives Series Order to Bryan Fuller's Hannibal, Greenlights Pilot for Notorious Soap

NBC has given Bryan Fuller‘s Hannibal a 13-episode straight-to-series order, as well as greenlit a pilot for a primetime sudser.

Hannibal — written and executive-produced by the Pushing Diasies creator — is described as a contemporary take on the characters from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel. As such, it will start off at the beginning of FBI agent Will Graham’s budding relationship with mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

Production on Fuller’s reboot of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane, was recently delayed until June, taking it out of contention for fall 2012.

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Also on Tuesday, NBC gave a pilot order to Notorious, which is described as an opulent soap about a female detective who goes undercover in the wealthy family she grew up with, posing as their maid’s daughter. The elaborate scheme is part of her plan to solve the murder of a notorious heiress, who was once her close friend.

Liz Heldens (Prime Suspect) penned the Notorious pilot, with Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein serving as executive producers.


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16 Comments
  1. Chase says:

    Another great idea, NBC… just like the last series you based on an early 90s movie based on a book.
    (Had to snark, but I’ll watch. Hannibal is a very compelling character.)

  2. Michael Sacal says:

    The premise of Hannibal sounds much better than I expected. I hope we see Starling show up toward the end of the season.
    That said, a third adaptation of Red Dragon might be too much.

  3. Esaul says:

    I’m concerned with NBC quite honestly. So far there’s only been two successful shows, one on a Friday night (which doesn’t say much). Only two new sitcoms have been successful too (to my knowledge). Up All Night is quite funny, whereas Whitney is just way too dry and vulgar. NBC has low standards for an already ailing network. They are relying too heavily on veteran shows and they too are aging and dwindling in viewership. If the ratings for either of these don’t stay on average or above SVU’s, then they’ll more than likely axe it. Smash is doing okay so far, but we’re only two weeks in and it’s too soon to tell. I have yet to finish watching the pilot (too many good shows on other networks). I need to find a better way to keep up with shows next year.

  4. Mena says:

    “Notorious” sounds a bit like NBC is trying to jump on the “Revenge” bandwagon.

  5. Dwayne says:

    I get NBC is trying to move out of dead last but they might be trying too hard! Notorious may not get the same buzz Revenge is getting over on ABC! I just hope the shows do well regardless cause as it stands I only watch 2 primetime shows on NBC. Any other NBC show I watch is a talk show or a late night show.

  6. Joe says:

    NBC= Nothing But Crap!

  7. Esaul says:

    On another note, I do have a question. If my memory is correct, they ordered The Firm straight to series, and they did the same to Law & Order: Los Angeles to series as well. Look what happened to them. Unless they did some surveys/polling to see how it would do in the demographics, they don’t seem to be learning from past mistakes. However, they shouldn’t have pulled LOLA, it did great on Wednesday.

  8. Justin says:

    Notorious sounds like a second rate Revenge. Has NBC learned nothing from The Playboy Club and The Firm? Remakes (or whatever this is) of movies don’t work. And cheap imitations of already successful TV shows don’t work. The first smart move they’ve made in years as far as scripted TV goes is Smash, which is actually really good. Continue with original ideas. Obviously the other junk isn’t working.

  9. dee123 says:

    Stupid idea.
    Just like poor Maria Bello couldn’t escape Helen Mirren’s shadow, i doubt anyone will be able to eclipse Anthony Hopkins.

    • DougMac says:

      It is a stupid idea, but Prime Suspect was really good after the not so good pilot. it’s a shame it didn’t catch on and it wasn’t Bello’s fault, in fact the whole cast was really great

  10. RvE says:

    A series (or movie) about Hannibal Lecter with anyone other than Anthony Hopkins in that role is an automatic fail.

  11. Marco says:

    Notorious sounds like Revenge meets Veronica Mars…

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