NBC has already either cancelled or renewed almost every show in its lineup, and Hannibal was still in the bubble, undecided. the show was praised both creatively and visually, but a show which also raised some eyebrows due to its content, specially for a show in Broadcast TV. Some even theorized the show would better suit a premium cabler or join the likes of AMC, Showtime or HBO, rather than stay in NBC, but today NBC renewed Hannibal for a second season consisting of thirteen episodes.
The new season will air no earlier than midseason. “Hannibal” is based on the characters from the novel “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris and was developed for television by Bryan Fuller, who also serves as writer and executive producer. The announcement was made by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” Salke said. “There are many great stories still to be told.”
The series stars Hugh Dancy as expert criminal profiler Will Dancy, who has a unique ability to peer into the mind of serial killers. Mads Mikkelsen stars as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist who is helping with the cases and, unbeknownst to Will, is also a serial killer himself.
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