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The second season of Hannibal premieres on February 28, and to go with that newly-announced date we’ve got a new poster for the show. The first season two poster was wild, but this puts FBI profiler Will Graham right into the position most commonly associated with his associate and eventual nemesis, Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen). That mask is so iconic thanks to The Silence of the Lambs; even this altered version has familiar overtones.

That date means the 13-episode second season will start after the Winter Olympics. Laurence Fishburne returns as Jack Crawford, and Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park co-star. See the full poster below, and get comments from series creator Bryan Fuller about his vision for the grand scope of the show. Read More »

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Hannibal

With Hannibal, series creator Bryan Fuller and broadcast home NBC are part of the impressive trend of televised horror that pushes the boundaries of what many people thought was possible or permissible on TV. In the process, they’ve created fans out of people who thought a series exploring the early relationship between Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) was doomed to fail.

The show has leapt off from what was done in books such as The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon (filmed twice, as Manhunter and then Red Dragon) to create a compelling vision of its own, thanks to the cooperation between the two leads and Fuller.

Now Fuller has offered up a teaser poster for season two, and it’s a far cry from the comparatively tame image used to promote season one.  Read More »

The Killing

We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:

  • Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
  • Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
  • Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
  • Downton Abbey gets its first black character
  • John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
  • Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
  • NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
  • The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
  • FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
  • Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
  • Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
  • The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills

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Watch the Full ‘Hannibal’ Pilot Online

Hannibal

2013 has already seen the debut of multiple serial-killer TV series, including Fox’s The Following and A&E’s Bates Motel. Yet by all accounts NBC’s Hannibal is the best of the bunch. The Silence of the Lambs prequel series has drawn raves from critics for Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy‘s performances as Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham, as well as for Bryan Fuller‘s eye for gorgeous, gory detail.

Unfortunately, all of those compliments haven’t translated to very high ratings for the premiere. Which means there’s a good chance, statistically speaking, that you didn’t catch the show last night. Fortunately, NBC has now put the entire pilot episode online for you to enjoy at your leisure. Watch the full-length video after the jump.

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Friday Night Lights

Ever since Veronica Mars paved the way for crowd-funded TV to movie revivals, it seems like every actor, writer, or director ever associated with a beloved but cancelled series has been fielding questions about Kickstarter. Some have squashed the idea right off the bat, but others have been a bit more open to the concept. (And The Onion has poked fun at all of it.)

According to actress Adrianne Palicki, Friday Night Lights could very well turn to Kickstarter to pay for the long-rumored movie sequel. Meanwhile, Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is definitely intrigued by crowdfunding — but acknowledges that his show would require quite a bit more than the $2 million goal originally set by Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Cougar Town

It’s gonna be a great spring for TV lovers, with the returns of Game of Thrones and Mad Men just around the corner and Louis CK‘s new standup special waiting in the wings. Watch trailers for all three after the jump. Also:

  • Damian Lewis talks Carrie and Brody’s future
  • Look for cameos and references in Hannibal
  • Seth Green also joins Seth MacFarlane‘s pilot
  • Will Seth Meyers replace Jimmy Fallon?
  • Cougar Town gets renewed for a fifth season
  • TNT sets a return date for Falling Skies
  • Mattel is working on UNO: The Game Show
  • Bryan Cranston‘s Breaking Bad script gets stolen
  • See new images from Eli Roth‘s Hemlock Grove
  • Watch the first 14 minutes of TNT’s Defiance

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Joss Whedon has already admitted that a Firefly Kickstarter campaign isn’t likely to take flight anytime soon, but some of his colleagues sound a little more eager to take advantage of the new studio / crowdfunding hybrid model introduced by Veronica Mars.

Bryan Fuller, of Pushing Daisies fame, has already reached out to Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas to find out “how this thing works,” while TerriersShawn Ryan and Men of a Certain Age‘s Mike Royce have voiced their interest in the topic on Twitter. And since Thomas says Warner Bros. views his film as a “test case” for the new model, there’s reason to believe Ryan, Royce, and Fuller may actually be able to revive their beloved series if Veronica Mars proves a success. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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‘Hannibal’ Trailer: A New Vision of a Familiar Story

What does it take to generate new interest in a property as well-worn as the Hannibal Lecter story sequence from novelist Thomas Harris? For the new TV show Hannibal, in which producer Bryan Fuller charts the early days of the working relationship between FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Lecter, a few things are obvious parts of the approach.

The cast is on. In addition to Dancy there’s the attention-getting choice of Mads Mikkelsen (Pusher, Casino Royale) as Lecter, with the addition of Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres, Gillian Anderson, Eddie Izzard and Ellen Greene, with Caroline Dhavernas and Lance Henriksen.

And then there’s Fuller’s style, which oozes from this first full trailer. His weird American Gothic approach looks very much like a good fit for this story. We’ve seen the Lecter story told exhaustively on film (in Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising, and the Manhunter remake Red Dragon) but visually, at least, this version seems to go in a new direction. And while the story lends itself to the old procedural format that is so familiar from innumerable TV shows, that visual style helps Hannibal stand out.

Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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