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Hannibal is an upcoming American thriller television series currently in production at NBC. Developed for television by Bryan Fuller, the series is based on the series of novels by Thomas Harris and will focus on the budding relationship between FBI criminal profiler Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham's most cunning enemy. The series has received a 13 episode order for its first season and, unlike most network shows, any future seasons will also feature 13 episodes. David Slade will executive produce and direct the pilot. The series will premiere on NBC on Thursday April 4, 2013.[1]


Main cast

Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham, a criminal profiler and hunter of serial killers.
Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, famed forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.
Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana Bloom, a psychology professor and consultant profiler for the FBI.
Lara Jean Chorostecki as Fredricka "Freddie" Lounds, a tabloid blogger.

Recurring
Laurence Fishburne as Special Agent Jack Crawford, head of Behavioral Sciences at the FBI and Graham's boss.
Scott Thompson as Jimmy Price, a crime scene investigator specializing in latent fingerprints.
Gina Torres as Bella Crawford, wife of Special Agent Jack Crawford.
Aaron Abrams as Brian Zeller, a crime scene investigator.
Hettienne Park as Beverly Katz, a crime scene investigator specializing in fiber analysis.
Ellen Greene as Mrs. Komeda, a Boston novelist and friend of Dr. Lecter.
Raúl Esparza as Dr. Frederick Chilton, administrator of Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
Gillian Anderson as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Lecter's psychotherapist.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannibal_(TV_series)

Trailer: http://collider.com/hannibal-tv-series-trailer/
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No interest in this apparently.......

Starts Thursday night.

http://www.nbc.com/hannibal/video/a-killer-reborn/n33621/
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I'm interested. I just had absolutely no idea it was coming up. I haven't seen a single ad for it. =\

I'll watch anything that has Fuller's name on it. He's earned my trust after Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, and Pushing Daisies.
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No interest from me; I'm a lover not a killer. wink.gif
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iirc Gina Torres and Laurence Fishburne are married in real life. I've enjoyed all the Hannibal movies, even the last one whose name escapes me at the moment but is best described as "Young Hannibal" so I'll give this series a shot.

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iirc Gina Torres and Laurence Fishburne are married in real life.
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Hope this turns out good, I need another good horror/scary show on my schedule.

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I'm interested. I just had absolutely no idea it was coming up. I haven't seen a single ad for it. =\

I'll watch anything that has Fuller's name on it. He's earned my trust after Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, and Pushing Daisies.

And starring his 'Wonderfalls' lead, Caroline Dhavernas. I thought she was superb in that criminally underappreciated show. I loved that one along with 'Pushing Daisies'. So apparently, Fuller feels he's got to go darker to get ratings traction. Pity sweet, good-natured shows like those two can't find an audience. Maybe cable is a better bet for shows like that.

In spite of Fuller, I'm not watching this. There are three serial killer shows on the networks' schedule right now; do we really need a third? And that's not even counting all the cop procedurals which give us new variations on serial killers each week. Enough.
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I'll check it out, NBC could use some more followers. I only watch 1 show on NBC these days which is Law & Order: SVU
I like me a good scary/horror/thriller show too, although I'm sure it'll be nothing like AHS tongue.gif
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I have it queued to record tonight, but I have low expectations. Hannibal has never had the flashy look that this show does, so that right there will turn off many fans of the movies I think......Especially since this is on Network TV, Im not sure this will last the season...
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I have it queued to record tonight, but I have low expectations. Hannibal has never had the flashy look that this show does, so that right there will turn off many fans of the movies I think......Especially since this is on Network TV, Im not sure this will last the season...

Agreed. Not to be negative though tongue.gif

Well, it may last the whole season but I'd predict it won't be renewed.
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It is getting remarkably strong early reviews from critics who have seen the first 4 or 5 episodes.
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It is getting remarkably strong early reviews from critics who have seen the first 4 or 5 episodes.

Not from the L.A.Times TV critic. She wrote a scathing review in today's paper, although mentioned that episode 5 is some better. I'll record tonight but I don't have high hopes.
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Not from the L.A.Times TV critic. She wrote a scathing review in today's paper, although mentioned that episode 5 is some better. I'll record tonight but I don't have high hopes.

You don't have high hopes because of a single critic who probably doesn't like this kind of show???? What about all the other critics that are raving?

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You don't have high hopes because of a single critic who probably doesn't like this kind of show???? What about all the other critics that are raving?
I scanned some reviews that came up when I did a google search, and they were very mixed. I don't know where all of these rave reviews are. But I'll still watch the show because of Fuller. And it has to have better direction and writing than the dreadful The Following.
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I set it up for the DVR but I don't have great hopes for NBC. The other thing I don't like about so much US network TV is the use of "close-ups only a dentist would enjoy" which are done because it is cheap as the actor only needs to speak lines. The trailer for the show fell into a break that I noticed as I was skipping past watching BBC America's "Spies of Warsaw" so watched the trailer. Of course the BBC America show did not use such boorish closeups. Too much US broadcast TV is long on formula and technique but short on art.
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Interesting. The lead is really unique, his vivid thought are bizarre.

I'll tune in next week to see where it goes.
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Not sure about this one yet, will watch again next week though. At the very least it has some great photography.

Questions: Was/is Graham an FBI agent? Why was he carrying a weapon? Why were just he and Hannibal the only ones investigating what appeared to be their best lead? Where were the real FBI agents? Where does Graham live? In Minnesota where those crimes were taking place, and if so, how is it that Hannibal brings his breakfast over to Graham, does he live in Minnesota as well?

Seems as if there was a fair chunk of expository content cut from this pilot, or, maybe I just didn't pay close enough attention, I did watch it very late last night.
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I thought the pilot was excellent. I also had very low expectations , so maybe that contributed to my feelings about it, but nonetheless, I loved it. I will definitely continue watching .
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The other thing I don't like about so much US network TV is the use of "close-ups only a dentist would enjoy" which are done because it is cheap as the actor only needs to speak lines.

I don't understand this comment, since it costs exactly the same to do a wider shot vs a tighter close up. Same crew, same cameras, same lighting, same actor, same set or location, same set dressing, same hair and makeup, same everything. I think you misunderstand why people shoot closeups. It's not about cost.
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Where does Graham live? In Minnesota where those crimes were taking place, and if so, how is it that Hannibal brings his breakfast over to Graham, does he live in Minnesota as well?

Graham was staying at a hotel. That's where Hannibal brought breakfast to. Not sure about Hannibal.
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Graham was staying at a hotel. That's where Hannibal brought breakfast to. Not sure about Hannibal.
I guess the screen door threw me, motels typically do not have screen doors, at least not in my experience.
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Watched the pilot and it's a one and done for me, not bad but I just don't see it going anywhere and too many other better shows to watch smile.gif
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Watched it last night and thought it was really well done. Almost too well so for network TV. I've been burned so much by shows on NBC (Life, Awake, etc.) that I was hesitant to even get into it, but oh well. Really liked Mads playing Hannibal, but I liked him from Casino Royale anyway. Thought the Graham character here was a lot more interesting than the way it was portrayed in Manhunter originally.
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The fascinating Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter depicted in this new series are both creations of the fertile imagination of Thomas Harris, who wrote the novels upon which they are based. I fell in love with Harris's stuff in the '80s and periodically go back and reread his books. The best of the bunch were Red Dragon, which introduced Lecter, and the famous The Silence of the Lambs, which featured Lecter again and introduced the memorable Clarice Starling. Jodie Foster won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Starling in the wonderful film of the same name. I have the film on BD. In anticipation of this series, I reread Red Dragon a few weeks ago and am now about halfway through rereading The Silence of the Lambs.

Watched the series premiere earlier and was delighted to discover that Thomas Harris himself wrote half of this season' episodes, including this week's premiere. About half way through the show I was struck by how true to Harris's originals Will Graham, Lecter, and Will's mentor, Jack Crawford, were. Only then did I check the writing credits and discover why that was. I don't need to say anything about any of these three because Harris did it for us in the premiere. I think the show is off to a great start and am really looking forward to seeing more.
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Not sure about this one yet, will watch again next week though. At the very least it has some great photography.

Questions: Was/is Graham an FBI agent? Why was he carrying a weapon? Why were just he and Hannibal the only ones investigating what appeared to be their best lead? Where were the real FBI agents? Where does Graham live? In Minnesota where those crimes were taking place, and if so, how is it that Hannibal brings his breakfast over to Graham, does he live in Minnesota as well?

Seems as if there was a fair chunk of expository content cut from this pilot, or, maybe I just didn't pay close enough attention, I did watch it very late last night.

Will is a "Special Investigator" for the FBI because his quirky psyche disqualified him from becoming a special agent. Although Will isn't exactly an agent, he is nevertheless authorized to carry a gun. Jack Crawford recognizes Will's unique gifts but Will's oddness makes Jack wary of him, nevertheless.

I thought that Will and Hannibal went to the trailer alone because Will thought they were making a routine followup to find the guy whose name they found without an address in the construction company's employment records. Hannibal created the problem that caused all the violence by calling the suspect and alerting him that the authorities knew who he was. Because Lecter was sitting next to the girl whose throat had been cut by this week's bad guy, I am wondering if the girl isn't Hannibal's daughter and also wondering whether Hannibal and the guy Will caught and killed weren't in league with each other.

I think Will lives and works in or around Washington. Dr. Bloom is on the faculty at Georgetown and Jack Crawford's office is in the area too, so that's my guess.
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Will is a "Special Investigator" for the FBI because his quirky psyche disqualified him from becoming a special agent. Although Will isn't exactly an agent, he is nevertheless authorized to carry a gun. Jack Crawford recognizes Will's unique gifts but Will's oddness makes Jack wary of him, nevertheless.

I thought that Will and Hannibal went to the trailer alone because Will thought they were making a routine followup to find the guy whose name they found without an address in the construction company's employment records. Hannibal created the problem that caused all the violence by calling the suspect and alerting him that the authorities knew who he was. Because Lecter was sitting next to the girl whose throat had been cut by this week's bad guy, I am wondering if the girl isn't Hannibal's daughter and also wondering whether Hannibal and the guy Will caught and killed weren't in league with each other.

I think Will lives and works in or around Washington. Dr. Bloom is on the faculty at Georgetown and Jack Crawford's office is in the area too, so that's my guess.

I pretty much agree with this whole post except Hannibal and this episode's serial killer had nothing to do with each other. Lecter told him as much on the phone ("We've never met and never will").
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I pretty much agree with this whole post except Hannibal and this episode's serial killer had nothing to do with each other. Lecter told him as much on the phone ("We've never met and never will").

Now that you mention it, I remember that too, which leaves me still puzzled over why Hannibal was sitting at the girl's bedside.
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Now that you mention it, I remember that too, which leaves me still puzzled over why Hannibal was sitting at the girl's bedside.

He did save her life. I suspect it's to show he does have a certain humanity, or "code" of some sort, or perhaps to further ingratiate himself with Will and the FBI, or maybe just to make the audience sympathize with him. It was an interesting choice, for sure.

Contrary to what I posted above, I think I'm "in" with this show. It does seem superior in many ways to 'The Following', which I'm watching and trying to defend, without much success. tongue.gif
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He did save her life. I suspect it's to show he does have a certain humanity, or "code" of some sort, or perhaps to further ingratiate himself with Will and the FBI, or maybe just to make the audience sympathize with him. It was an interesting choice, for sure.

Contrary to what I posted above, I think I'm "in" with this show. It does seem superior in many ways to 'The Following', which I'm watching and trying to defend, without much success. tongue.gif
While it's only been one episode, it definitely appears to be much better than The Following, the writing alone looks to be far more intelligent and the acting is more nuanced. The Following is just another "24" only with a different story driving it, fun to watch but check your brain at the door.
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