“Hannibal” will breathe new life into a deadly classic

Thursday, April 4 at 10pm. NBC

"Hannibal" will breathe new life into a deadly classic.One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”), based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.

Starring brilliant young actor Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, “Hannibal” will breathe new life into a deadly classic.

Hannibal is back but this times to NBC. NBC has announced that “Hannibal” will debut on Thursday, April 4 at 10pm. However, the 10pm Thursday timeslot has proven deadly on NBC. In the last two seasons alone, “Prime Suspect,” “Awake,” “The Firm” and “Do No Harm” have all failed to bring in audience, which resulted in cancellations for each of those series.

The series chronicles the early friendship between FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and forensic psychologist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).

The new drama is being developed by Bryan Fuller, creator of such imaginative and brilliant shows asPushing Daisies, Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls. He was also developing NBC’s reboot of The Munsters,Mockingbird Lane, though it wasn’t picked up.

However, “Hannibal” has more brand recognition than any of NBC’s most recent Thursday night dramas, thanks to several feature films that immortalized Anthony Hopkins portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller has modernized the characters from Thomas Harris’ “Red Dragon,” with Mads Mikkelsen as the title character and Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Will Graham, a criminal profiler who has no idea that his friend and mentor may be an even bigger monster than the killers he chases.

Other notable stars include Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, Graham’s boss at the FBI, and Fishburne’s real-life wife, Suits stars Gina Torres, as Crawford’s wife.

“Hannibal” has also assembled an unusually strong lineup of supporting players including Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas, Leslie Bibb, Gillian Anderson and Gina Torres. So if any drama can make it on NBC’s Thursday nights, this one has the best chance.

TV’s latest serial killer faces the challenging task of filling the Thursday 10 p.m. ET/PT time slot, which has been ratings trouble for NBC.The most recent occupant, Do No Harm, was pulled from the schedule after just two episodes after recording historically low ratings.

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