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

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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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Comments (36)

  • Death slot? :-S

    Comment by Kyle – February 14, 2013 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by RecceR – February 14, 2013 07:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thursday night is overcrowded, that’s the problem. NBC can’t launch something successfully because everybody else has something successful at the same time.

        Comment by Jay – February 15, 2013 09:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why does NBC hate Bryan Fuller so much?

    Comment by Joe – February 14, 2013 04:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hannibal doesn’t look good for NBC going up against Scandal & Elementary in the 10 p.m. Thursday night time slot.

    Comment by Tran – February 14, 2013 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • … It feels out of place on a Thursday, but hey, I’ll watch any Bryan Fuller show!

    Comment by Babybop – February 14, 2013 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Joey – February 14, 2013 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh what I would give to see the Pushing Daisies gang together again. I really loved them.

      Comment by Eliza – February 14, 2013 05:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So much for Smash moving to that slot.

    Comment by TMW – February 14, 2013 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How is that a bad time slot, you would have to do really bad to not stay.

    Comment by James – February 14, 2013 04:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Tatianna – February 14, 2013 04:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jasmine – February 14, 2013 04:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Jay – February 15, 2013 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Luke Edward Hays – February 15, 2013 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LOL April just before everyone gets into graduation and vacation spirit. NBC r such a bunch of idiots.

    Comment by Spike – February 14, 2013 04:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why!????!!!?….i woukd rather wait till Summer, than this tcrappy timeslot.

    Comment by Kenny – February 14, 2013 04:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Forgive the errors i was really mad

      Comment by Kenny – February 14, 2013 04:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hmm, Mads Mikkelsen or Johnny Lee Miller? Former wins, every time. I’m in.

    Comment by Khorrie – February 14, 2013 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Phillip – February 14, 2013 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You want them to put a TV series based on *Hannibal Lecter* on at 7pm? Really?

      Comment by Khorrie – February 14, 2013 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It’s better than the death timeslot that is Thursday at 9:00.

        Comment by Phillip – February 14, 2013 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’m just going to hope you’re being deliberately idiotic.

          Comment by Khorrie – February 14, 2013 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Lets calm down. Watch it get cancelled because of this.

            Comment by Phillip – February 14, 2013 06:25 PM PDT  
  • 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.

    Comment by Playhouse – February 14, 2013 05:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Nero theTVFiddler – February 15, 2013 04:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on favefilms.

    Comment by dreamcatcheronline – February 14, 2013 05:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m a big fan of Bryan Fuller so I’ll definitely be checking this out.

    Comment by Eliza – February 14, 2013 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is the best news ever! Who cares about the time? Who cares what show it’s up against? Scandal? What’s that?

    Comment by Emilia Garcia – February 14, 2013 05:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Jay – February 15, 2013 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by David4 – February 14, 2013 07:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • love PUSHING DAISIES. Pure entertainment. Perfection in every single scene.

    Comment by Rodney App – February 14, 2013 07:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Did he play Le Chiffre in Casino Royale?

    Comment by This – February 14, 2013 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He did. Check out his films, he did some interesting stuff.

      Comment by moviefan – February 15, 2013 02:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Nero theTVFiddler – February 15, 2013 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by seeingdouble – February 15, 2013 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll watch it for as long as it on! I love Hannibal Lecter.

    Comment by shannon – February 22, 2013 10:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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