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NBC to bring Hannibal Lecter into your home on a weekly basis

02.15.2012

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First there was talk a month or so ago about bringing PSYCHO to the small screen, and now Hannibal Lector has received the greenlight for 13 episodes of a brand-new TV show called, well, "Hannibal."

Hannibal wearing his mask and staringThe show will be both written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies"), and "is described as a contemporary thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship." In an interesting bit of television wheeling-and-dealing, a deal was made with "Hannibal" wherein NBC would order a series straight off if they liked the first script, rather than shoot a pilot first and judge off of that as is more normal.

This may end up being the best TV show ever made, but that still won't change my annoyance at messing further with this world and the players therein.  I just don't know what new information we are meant to glean from or discover about these characters to warrant the kind of time/money investment TV can require.  And not that that there has to be crazy cannibal-related blood and guts and gore spurting all over the place, but a great deal of what allows THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS to be so incredibly effective is how damn disturbing the R rating allows it to be.  Because it is, to me, the single most disturbing movie I have ever seen.  So how's something like Buffalo Bill going to fly on TV in anything more than a watered-down form? I don't know.  Do you? If this has to be done, how can Bryan Fuller best honor these characters?

I'm pretty sure we know exactly what Hannibal himself thinks of this idea:

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Extra Tidbit: Damnit Jim, where's my movie about Hannibal the Conqueror starring Vin Diesel?!
Source: Deadline

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5:57AM on 02/16/2012
It's a good thing I don't watch TV.
It's a good thing I don't watch TV.
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1:27AM on 02/16/2012
Hannibal- The complete series available on DVD and Blu-Ray in time for Christmas.
Hannibal- The complete series available on DVD and Blu-Ray in time for Christmas.
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1:11PM on 02/15/2012
Anyone who uses NBC/CBS/FOX/ABC to try and run a series that's not like American Idol or some bullshit music show like Glee, your just wasting your time. Too many good shows have graced the main stream and are lucky to get a full season out of it. The Firm being the latest example. That being said, with a dark show like Hannibal, pitch to HBO or Showtime and if that doesnt work Take it to FX/AMC or Starz. For gods sake if you want your show to survive stay away from the big names.

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Anyone who uses NBC/CBS/FOX/ABC to try and run a series that's not like American Idol or some bullshit music show like Glee, your just wasting your time. Too many good shows have graced the main stream and are lucky to get a full season out of it. The Firm being the latest example. That being said, with a dark show like Hannibal, pitch to HBO or Showtime and if that doesnt work Take it to FX/AMC or Starz. For gods sake if you want your show to survive stay away from the big names.

Why isn't their a section devoted to TV on this website? There's a lot of decent stuff on tv to talk about, I hate browsing elsewhere for my tv news. + for the ass kissing please =)
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8:45AM on 02/16/2012
There is actually a ton of great network television. The Good Wife, House, Alcatraz (okay, that's a good not great show but still entertaining), Fringe, Supernatural. Lots of shows with potential this season too like Revenge, Ringer, The River, Smash, Missing, Awake. Yeah, cable has some great shows but so do the networks. And I haven't mentioned good to great sitcoms like Parks and Recreation, Community, Modern Family, etc.
There is actually a ton of great network television. The Good Wife, House, Alcatraz (okay, that's a good not great show but still entertaining), Fringe, Supernatural. Lots of shows with potential this season too like Revenge, Ringer, The River, Smash, Missing, Awake. Yeah, cable has some great shows but so do the networks. And I haven't mentioned good to great sitcoms like Parks and Recreation, Community, Modern Family, etc.
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12:15PM on 02/15/2012
it is so sad when people have the inability to see how characters can be used in a different way than they have been in the past, and simply thinking a tv series based on them must somehow be watered down version of the movie and then question the decision based on that. if you don't have the creativity to see how this could work you probably aren't qualified to write and comment on it. not that it is going to be great, that will be determined by the execution of the show, but the elements
it is so sad when people have the inability to see how characters can be used in a different way than they have been in the past, and simply thinking a tv series based on them must somehow be watered down version of the movie and then question the decision based on that. if you don't have the creativity to see how this could work you probably aren't qualified to write and comment on it. not that it is going to be great, that will be determined by the execution of the show, but the elements contained in the stories certainly lend themselves to being reimagined as a tv series that remains true to the characters as they have been established.
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11:55AM on 02/15/2012
Thomas Harris wrote Hannibal Rising because he knew that they were going to make a Origin Film of Hannibal anyway and he never wanted to do it but wanted it done his way so I wonder what he thinks of this. I personally dont really want it I can only see Hannibal done with Anthoney Hopkins even Manhunter Brian Cox didnt make me think Hannibal.
Thomas Harris wrote Hannibal Rising because he knew that they were going to make a Origin Film of Hannibal anyway and he never wanted to do it but wanted it done his way so I wonder what he thinks of this. I personally dont really want it I can only see Hannibal done with Anthoney Hopkins even Manhunter Brian Cox didnt make me think Hannibal.
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10:37AM on 02/15/2012
On one hand, NBC might be competing with Dexter. Dexter is on Showtime, and it can show the gory goods. So, stupid, NBC.
On the other hand, network TV has CSI, Bones, Hawaii 5-0, Law & Order, and Supernatural. These shows can get quite graphic and disturbing. So, maybe, Hannibal would fit in.
Then again, I agree that Hannibal's story does not need further chapters.
On one hand, NBC might be competing with Dexter. Dexter is on Showtime, and it can show the gory goods. So, stupid, NBC.
On the other hand, network TV has CSI, Bones, Hawaii 5-0, Law & Order, and Supernatural. These shows can get quite graphic and disturbing. So, maybe, Hannibal would fit in.
Then again, I agree that Hannibal's story does not need further chapters.
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9:41AM on 02/15/2012
Why oh why did this have to be on NBC? HBO, Showtime, AMC, any one of those networks would be better suited for this material. I have a good idea! Let's take proper R rated content and make a network show of it! Terrible. Just terrible. And this comes from an avid Harris and Lecter fan.
Why oh why did this have to be on NBC? HBO, Showtime, AMC, any one of those networks would be better suited for this material. I have a good idea! Let's take proper R rated content and make a network show of it! Terrible. Just terrible. And this comes from an avid Harris and Lecter fan.
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9:46AM on 02/15/2012
ANd if anyone simply thinks I am referring to R rated material as just being the blood and guts you are dead wrong. I'm speaking to the tone. Harris's novels are set in a dreadful place in the world of criminology. That is how this show could have succeeded,yes I forsee the future, and not tapping into that in the true sense of the books and films is why this show will ultimately fail.
ANd if anyone simply thinks I am referring to R rated material as just being the blood and guts you are dead wrong. I'm speaking to the tone. Harris's novels are set in a dreadful place in the world of criminology. That is how this show could have succeeded,yes I forsee the future, and not tapping into that in the true sense of the books and films is why this show will ultimately fail.
9:02AM on 02/15/2012
I'm surprised they took this long to think of this. Not that I'm interested, but I would've thought this was an obvious move.
I'm surprised they took this long to think of this. Not that I'm interested, but I would've thought this was an obvious move.
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8:28AM on 02/15/2012
Ugh
Ugh
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