NBC's Hannibal (Finally) Gets a Premiere Date -- Plus: A First Look at Dr. Lecter Poised to Pig Out

Hannibal will soon be taking a bite out of NBC’s Thursday lineup.

Bryan Fuller’s long-awaited TV adaptation will premiere on Thursday, April 4 at 10/9c, the network confirms.

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A contemporary take on the characters from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel, Hannibal focuses on the fledgling relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and his mentor Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen, pictured below).

Hannibal will fill the void left by Do No Harm, which was pulled off the schedule last week after two low-rated episodes. (Law & Order: SVU encores will occupy the Thursday-at-10 perch through March.)

The stellar cast also includes Laurence Fishburne as FBI agent Jack Crawford and Wonderfalls’ Caroline Dhavernas as an FBI consultant. X-Files’ Gillian Anderson will also appear as Lecter’s shrink.

Hannibal will roll out internationally across Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN international channels in the days following the NBC premiere.

Scroll down for a first look at Mikkelsen’s Hannibal and his tasty meal. Is that a nice Chianti we see?

Hannibal - Season 1


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  1. Kyle says:

    Death slot? :-S

    • RecceR says:

      That was my thought exactly. Did anyone else realize with “Do No Harm” being cancelled, that makes 5 freshman dramas cancelled in the Thurs. 10pm slot since spring 2009? Not to mention comedy freshman “Outsourced” was cancelled when they gave the third hour of comedy a try in 2011.

      • Jay says:

        Thursday night is overcrowded, that’s the problem. NBC can’t launch something successfully because everybody else has something successful at the same time.

  2. Joe says:

    Why does NBC hate Bryan Fuller so much?

  3. Tran says:

    Hannibal doesn’t look good for NBC going up against Scandal & Elementary in the 10 p.m. Thursday night time slot.

  4. Babybop says:

    … It feels out of place on a Thursday, but hey, I’ll watch any Bryan Fuller show!

  5. Joey says:

    ahahahaha my prediction was spot on.

    Sorry Mr. Fuller. Maybe you’ll be like Joss Whedon and find a greater appreciation and respect in the film industry.

    Maybe you can make that Pushing Daisies film we all want so much!

  6. TMW says:

    So much for Smash moving to that slot.

  7. James says:

    How is that a bad time slot, you would have to do really bad to not stay.

    • Tatianna says:

      Its bad because it’s going up against Scandal and Elementary. Both shows DOMINATE that 10pm time slot, so it’s not a good spot in light of that. Otherwise it’s a great spot

  8. Jasmine says:

    NBC are bunch of idiots. UGH. Why do they want to ruin a good show like Hannibal and in this time slot. What a bunch of hacks these NBC execs are.

    • Jay says:

      It’s a shame how they run this network! Sunday night football is the golden goose, but they’ve barely profited from it at all. A handful of minor hits is hardly worth the effort with all the ones that failed. If they fire a bunch from the top it might streamline the entire operation and put NBC back on top, or at least out of last place!

    • I know, NBC has a nag for canceling great shows. I was hooked on a legal thriller which got cancelled by NBC Executives so I’ll never know what happens.

  9. Spike says:

    LOL April just before everyone gets into graduation and vacation spirit. NBC r such a bunch of idiots.

  10. Kenny says:

    Why!????!!!?….i woukd rather wait till Summer, than this tcrappy timeslot.

  11. Khorrie says:

    Hmm, Mads Mikkelsen or Johnny Lee Miller? Former wins, every time. I’m in.

  12. Phillip says:

    Why can’t NBC schedule a new show in a good timeslot??? WHY?? Friday at 7:00 works way better paired with Grimm. NBC needs to learn a few things going into this coming Fall. Shape up or ship out.

  13. Playhouse says:

    So funny to me. Used to be that 10pm on NBC was the golden slot of the week. Maybe they figure the show’s worth tossing its hat in the ring. Remains to be seen.

    • Nero theTVFiddler says:

      There you have – you are right on the button. Once upon a time, NBC ruled Thursday nights. NBC ran 10pm on Thursday – the owned it. This is the lesson that the network and all of us viewers need to learn from what has happened to NBC on Thursday nights. No network can become complacent and get lazy in their scheduling of shows. A hard lesson, but worth learning.

  14. Eliza says:

    I’m a big fan of Bryan Fuller so I’ll definitely be checking this out.

  15. This is the best news ever! Who cares about the time? Who cares what show it’s up against? Scandal? What’s that?

    • Jay says:

      Scandal is a political drama on ABC. I’m not a fan myself, but there are plenty of people who are, and that makes airing against it difficult.

  16. David4 says:

    Tuesdays at 10 would have made more sense. People can watch NCISs and then change over to NBC to watch Hannibal. Smash’s ratings are HORRIBLE and in no way will get a 3rd season, might as well try to save it at Thursday at 10pm.

  17. Rodney App says:

    love PUSHING DAISIES. Pure entertainment. Perfection in every single scene.

  18. This says:

    Did he play Le Chiffre in Casino Royale?

  19. Nero theTVFiddler says:

    Anyone have the over-under bet on this one yet? Here are the Vegas numbers …

    Premiere April 4: 4.1 million viewers and a 1.3 in18-49 demo.

    Second week April 11: 3.1/1.1 demo.

    Third week April 18: 2.7/0.8 demo.

    Fourth week April 25: 2.1/0.7 demo [NBC HQ – Why is Brian Williams here to see us?]

    Fifth week May 2: Pre-empted with special Rock Center

    Sixth week May 9: “Hello Mariska”

    NBC HQ Exec- “Oh well, we’ve got the pilot ‘Believe’ ready for Fall 10pm. It’s about a young girl with supernatural powers and her friend, the gifted ex-con/former lawyer/part-time surgeon who knows more than everyone else.”

    Here we go again.

  20. seeingdouble says:

    If it survives the time slot or not I just want to say mange tak to NBC for giving American TV audiences more exposure to Mads Mikkelsen.

  21. shannon says:

    I’ll watch it for as long as it on! I love Hannibal Lecter.