TVLine Items: Michael Pitt Devours Key Hannibal Role, Chicago P.D.'s Shift Extended and More

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Michael Pitt HannibalBoardwalk Empire castoff Michael Pitt is returning to the small screen via a pivotal role on NBC’s Hannibal.

As scooped by, Pitt will recur as Mason Verger, an unstable wealthy patient of Dr. Hannibal Lecter who begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with the deadly serial killer. (Gary Oldman played an older version of the same character in 2001′s Hannibal pic.)

As we previously reported, the role of Mason’s somewhat unhinged sister, Margo, will be played by Canadian scream queen Katharine Isabelle.

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Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well….

* NBC has ordered two additional episodes of Chicago P.D, bringing its Season 1 episode total to 15.

* Former Homeland star Damian Lewis is in talks to portray King Henry VIII in a BBC Two/Masterpiece adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical fiction novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, per Deadline.

* Veep Emmy winner Tony Hale will guest on NBC’s About a Boy as the father of Benjamin Stockham’s Marcus (aka The Boy), reports. Boy bows Saturday, Feb. 22 following the Olympics.

* Franklin & Bash has retained Toni Trucks (Hostages) as a new series regular. Her character, a funny and tough attorney, will debut during the TNT drama’s upcoming 10-episode fourth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

* Schae Harrison is headed back to The Bold and the Beautiful as Darla Einstein Forrester (who perished back in 2006). TV Guide Magazine reports that Darla will appear to her daughter Aly in spectral form. Her three-episode return engagement kicks off March 18. In other suds news, TVLine has confirmed that Days of Our Lives vet Eileen Davidson will reprise her role as Kristen DiMera for a big arc this summer.

Comments (16)

  • Yay for Chicago PD :-) Well deserved. I’m not sure how I feel about Eileen Davidson returning to Days for more Kristen DiMera. I don’t like the character and hate that she gets so much screen time at the expense of other actors/stories. She’s likely going to be pregnant with a miracle baby (or Satan baby, lol), even though she’s been infertile for years. I really hope not, these stories are so overdone it’s ridiculous. On the flip side of that I can record the episodes and FF through all of her scenes and get done watching in record time!! :-) :-)

    Comment by wrstlgirl – January 31, 2014 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Pitt for Mason Verger is such perfect casting I can scarcely believe it; can’t wait to watch.

    Comment by Tav – January 31, 2014 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Congrats Chicago PD well deserve

    Comment by Fernando – January 31, 2014 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hope Chicago PD gets renewed for a second season by NBC. One of the best spin-offs in years in my opinion.

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – January 31, 2014 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really liking CPD, so glad to hear that. I’m guessing that greatly improves its chance of renewal. :)

    Comment by Anna – January 31, 2014 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pitt’s looking ROUGH. Maybe the rumors are true.

    Comment by JJ – January 31, 2014 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Okay, I’ll bite….rumors ??

      Comment by wrstlgirl – January 31, 2014 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Substance issues.

        Comment by JJ – January 31, 2014 01:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Dang I always hate hearing that.

          Comment by wrstlgirl – January 31, 2014 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have been enjoying Chicago PD. Great cast & good stories thus far.
    I’m obsessed with anything Henry VIII (historically accurate or not). And Damian was fantastic on Homeland. I never pictured him playing the Tudor King but I’m sure he’ll do amazing work.

    Comment by Eliza – January 31, 2014 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There are so many juicy stories in British history and the Tudors ended only 4 years ago, I wish they’d do another king. That’s the only way to teach history to those who are generally not interested in it.

      Comment by Hannah – February 1, 2014 03:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So happy for Chicago PD! I really love Chicago Fire and was happy when they said we would get Chicago PD and it is living up to expectations!

    Comment by sarah – January 31, 2014 01:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aly Forrester is all grown up? It’s interesting how SORAS affects different children at different stages of life. This could almost make me watch it again, almost!

    Comment by Hannah – February 1, 2014 03:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG. That picture. R.I.P. Henry.

    Comment by dee123 – February 1, 2014 05:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so excited for Hannibal! It sounds like things are getting ramped up

    Comment by Mikael – February 3, 2014 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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