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

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

As scooped by EW.com, 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), EW.com 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.