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.