Nellie Andreeva

The good news for NBC‘s midseason drama Hannibal — it got a slot on the schedule and a premiere date, April 4. The bad news — that slot happens to be Thursday 10 PM, which saw the demise of three freshman NBC dramas last season, Prime Suspect, The Firm and Awake, and one this midseason, Do No Harm. With Hannibal as the only remaining drama NBC has ready to go, it emerged as the logical choice to succeed Do No Harm, which last week was cancelled after two airings. Between now and April 4, NBC will air Law & Order: SVU repeats in the hour, which has been hampered by a very weak lead-in from NBC’s comedy block, especially newbie 1600 Penn at 9:30 PM. Hannibal, from Bryan Fuller, Martha DeLaurentiis and Gaumont International TV, stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy. The project is described as a contemporary thriller featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham (Dancy) and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mikkelsen) — who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.

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