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Comic-Con UPDATE: Bryan Fuller Reveals ‘Hannibal’ Season 3 Details, Eddie Izzard Among Returning Characters & Emmy Disappointment

By | Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 5:49pm PDT

Comic-Con UPDATE: Bryan Fuller Reveals ‘Hannibal’ Season 3 Details, Eddie Izzard Among Returning Characters & Emmy DisappointmentUPDATE: 5:49 PM: There were a few surprises at the Hannibal panel today after all. Both leads Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy appeared to Ballroom 20 via short individual video greetings with the former in Denmark and the latter from Australia.

hugh dancy hannibal video picAlso, it turns out Season 3 will pick up a year after the brutal events of the Season 2 finale. Episode 4 of Season 3 will fill in what happened between the two cycles, Bryan Fuller disclosed. He also revealed after a half-joking question by moderator Jonathan Ross that Eddie Izzard in fact will return to the series. “We’re writing for Eddie Izzard to return in a flashback scene,” said Fuller to applause from the packed ballroom about the reappearance of the losing limbs Dr. Abel Gideon. Izzard appeared in 5 episodes in Season 2. BTW – Raul Esparza did show up, and he’s coming back to the show.

PREVIOUS, 4:05 PM: Bryan Fuller doesn’t spare Hannibal viewers the raw deal on the show and he has no intention of doing otherwise today at Comic-Con. “We’re pretty generous with the spoilers,” the showrunner refreshingly told me just before this afternoon’s panel. “We will be talking fairly openly about events in Season 3 and hopefully getting people excited.” If last year’s SDCC appearance by the NBC series is any indication, the fans in Ballroom 20 will be very exited indeed. Despite a sometime Read More »

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EMMYS: Some Of This Year’s Series Contenders Are Gorier Than Ever

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 8:09pm PDT

EMMYS: Some Of This Year’s Series Contenders Are Gorier Than EverLike the Tiber River after Caligula’s been on a weekend bender, television today is flooded with blood. What was once the sole sphere of slasher flicks now has become a common spattering on the small screen, and not just with cable shows such as AMC’s The Walking Dead, HBO’s Game of Thrones and the recently launched Showtime drama Penny Dreadful. Now the networks are in the gore game with Fox’s The Following and Sleepy Hollow and NBC’s Hannibal and Grimm. The Image (2) Awardsline-logo_use-this-one__140529211810-275x38.jpg for post 738599proliferation of blood and guts on TV in this era of the explicit proves that the appetite for death and destruction hasn’t jumped the shark so much as stabbed the beast, torn into its flesh, cooked it up and swam among the remains. Read More »

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EMMYS: DPs Draw Out Drama In ‘Hannibal’,'True Detective’ & ‘House of Cards’

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 4:53pm PDT

Awardsline logo_use this oneHannibal and True Detective—about serial killers who are the devil personified—as well as House of Cards—about a devilish politician—all embrace lighting and camera work that is cinematic yet subtle, manipulating audiences into the suspense of the moment and helping frame some of the most unforgettable characters on television.  House of Cards director of photography Igor Martinovic, who was enlisted for the second season, used lighting to reflect a marked shift in story surrounding the dastardly Francis Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. “The cynical attitude and a crime story that happened toward the end of season one could be represented through low-key lighting,” Martinovic says. “For season two, we decided to change the lighting completely. We very carefully tried to wrap characters in shadows, into half-lights, turn them into silhouettes, and overall kept them on the edge of darkness.”

Kate MaraThe shift owed much to the influence of the Netflix show’s executive producer, Oscar-nominated director David Fincher. “He’s very constant in all of his work,” Martinovic says of Fincher. “It’s this objective camera work where you don’t come too close to the characters. Your camera is objectively—as much as one could do—capturing the situation . . . It was also very appropriate for this because we were telling a political theater. Part of it is the staging, where we try to stage a kind of elaborate mise en scene, … Read More »

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EMMYS: Bryan Fuller Hints About Season 3 At ‘Hannibal’ Awardsline Screening

Awardsline/Deadline Screening Of Gaumont Int'l TV/NBC's "Hannibal"The ‘Fannibals’, as well as TV Academy members, came out en-masse Wednesday night to Awardsline’s screening of Gaumont International Television‘s Hannibal.  While the crowd was armed with fan-made comic books, pictures and gifts for creator/showrunner Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy (Will Graham), Caroline Dhavernas (Dr. Alana Bloom) and executive producer Martha De Laurentiis; panel moderator, Deadline’s Dominic Patten, also took the opportunity to geek out by donning Hannibal’s plastic chopping garb.

With Hannibal leaving Will and Alana fatally wounded in the season 2 finale, which screened yesterday, Fuller exclaimed that “There is going to be a painful delay (in season 3) and you won’t find out in the first episode who survives. The first episode focuses on Dr. Bedelia du Maurier (Hannibal’s therapist played by Gillian Anderson).”  As far as who survives, “It’s more like episode 2 or 3,” said Fuller.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Finale Up, ‘What Would You Do?’ Debuts Even

By | Saturday May 24, 2014 @ 9:37am PDT

hannibal s 2 finale 2With the 2013-2014 season officially over and the summer shows not yet out in force, the TV tumbleweeds were rolling across primetime last night. On an encore dominated Friday, the lone original drama on last night was the Season 2 finale of Hannibal (1.0/3) on NBC at 10 PM. As bloody and visually beautiful as you would expect from the Bryan Fuller-created show based on author Thomas Harris’ infamous characters, Hannibal was up 11% from last week’s show. However, finale-to-finale, last night’s Season 2 closer had an even better night as it rose 19% from the 0.8/2 that the recently renewed series’ Season 1 ender garnered on June 20 last year. While also packed with repeats, that Thursday night saw the gory psychological thriller competing with Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, where the Miami Heat sealed the deal to take home their second straight title. With all that said, in what has been an unpredictable season for Hannibal, last night’s finale slipped 9% from Hannibal’s Season 2 opener and Friday night debut on February 28 this year.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Barbara Walters Tribute Tops Night With 9.30M Viewers, ‘Shark Tank’, ‘Kitchen Nightmares’, ‘Grimm’ & ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Finales Down, ‘Hannibal’ Rises

MIKE TYSON, ROBIN GIVENS, BARBARA WALTERSAn era has passed, but as Sundays will always be the natural spot for awards shows, Fridays should never refuse a Barbara Walters special. And that’s what ABC rolled out last night with a full court press retrospective via the 2-hour Barbara Walters: Her Story (1.6/7) special. Coming the same day as Walters’ last stint as on-air den mother on The View, as my colleague Lisa de Moraes likes to say, the look back at her career over the decades saw the TV pioneer interviewing Presidents, the famous, the infamous and the too trainwrecky to look away. And a lot of people were looking on Friday. Even with last week’s 20/20, and down a scant 5% from Walters’ quickly pulled together showstopper of an interview with Donald Sterling’s confidante V. Stiviano on May 2, last night’s special was tied with lead-in  Shark Tank (1.6/7) for the far away highest-rated show of the night and pulled in 9.30 million viewers to make it the most watched show of the night by a landslide. Needless to say, ABC cleaned up the night with a 1.6/6 among Adults 18-49 overall and 8.380 million total viewers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Blue Bloods’ Finale Up, ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘Hannibal’ Down, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Rises

By | Saturday May 10, 2014 @ 9:58am PDT

BLUE BLOODS SEASON 4 FINALEThe third Friday of this year’s May Sweep brought no shortage of finales on CBS. In fact the most watched network of the night (9.29 million) was nothing but finales as Unforgettable (0.8/4), Hawaii Five-0 (1.3/4) and Blue Bloods (1.4/5) all wrapped up their latest seasons. The big winner was the Season 4 end of the Tom Selleck-led NYPD family show. While down a tenth from last week’s show, Blue Bloods was up a Big Apple strong 17% from its Season 3 finale on May 10 last year. The third highest rated show of the night, the 10 PM airing BB was as usual in the top spot when it came to viewership with 11.50 million tuning in – that’s actually a 12% rise from the audience the show got for its Season 3 ender. Read More »

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NBC Renews ‘Hannibal’ For Third Season

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 10:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC is putting more Hannibal on the menu. The network has given a third-season pickup to the series, from Bryan Fuller and Gaumont International Television. Based on Thomas Harris’ characters, the gory psychological thriller focuses on the budding relationship between Hannibal Renewed NBCFBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). The pre-upfront renewal is a nice change for the show, which was left hanging last year until after the upfronts before getting a second-season pickup. Hannibal has done OK in the Friday 10 PM slot as part of NBC’s genre block. So far this season, it is averaging a 1.4 in adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers in most current ratings after a big DVR boost. Hannibal also is the youngest 10 PM drama on the broadcast networks with a median age of 48.2. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Last Man Standing’ Finale Down; ‘Kitchen Nightmares’, ‘Grimm’ & ‘Hannibal’ Rise; ABC Wins Demo

By | Saturday April 26, 2014 @ 9:52am PDT

JORDAN MASTERSON, TIM ALLENIt was almost a full house network-wise on Friday with a finale here, a real heating-up there and a high. The season finale was over on ABC, where Last Man Standing (1.3/5) wrapped up its third cycle. While bopping up 8% from last week’s show, the yet-to-be-renewed Tim Allen comedy was down 19% among adults 18-49 from its Season 2 ender on March 22, 2013. Garnering a 1.6/6 rating and 7.85 million in its 8 PM slot, the half-hour show’s finale was also up against Night 2 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament last year. Last night’s LMS finale pulled in 5.85 million viewers. And what a difference a month can make: TV usage levels were 13% higher on March 22 last year than they were last night.

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ABC’s only other original of the night, Shark Tank (1.7/6), was the highest-rated show of the night and even with its April 18 result. Being that the entrepreneurial reality series tends to see a rise of a tenth at least in the final numbers, expect this morning’s preliminary result to be adjusted. With that in mind and as the only network not to be putting out a full schedule of originals last night, ABC won primetime among the key demo for the fourth Friday in a row. The network had a 1.4/5 rating, with CBS coming in second with a 1.2/4. CBS won the night in total viewers with 9.19 million watching.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Falls, ‘Hannibal’ Surges, ’20/20′ Up As ABC Wins Demo For Friday

By | Saturday April 19, 2014 @ 9:58am PDT

kitchen nightmares april 18There was a lot cooking on primetime last night and Friday’s menu was a mix of the undercooked and the more-than-just-right. The second week of Season 6 of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares traveled to the troubled Old Neighborhood Restaurant in Arvada, CO and to a Greek joint in Queens, NY, where the owner couple were in almost as much trouble as their establishment. Unfortunately for the two-hour reality show, the trouble didn’t stop there: the Gordon Ramsay series took a 17% dive from its 8 PM (1.0/4) premiere April 11 and an 18% drop from its 9 PM (0.9/3) broadcast last week. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Return, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Neighbors’ Down, ‘Raising Hope’ Finale Up, ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday April 5, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

UNFORGETTABLE APRIL 4 CBSThe end of the workweek was a night of new beginnings and a final farewell on primetime last night. The beginning was the return of Unforgettable (1.0/4) for the last six episodes of its second season on CBS. The Sony TV-produced procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh is in some ways, the show that will never die – having cancelled once and then brought back to life again in summer 2012 with a new pick up. Last night, however, Unforgettable took a hit in its latest return. Already renewed for a third season set to start in June, the show fell 23% last night from its Sunday July 28 Season 2 debut of last year. While even with its last show on September 8 last year, last night’s Unforgettable actually saw a small 4% total viewership rise from its Season 2 debut to an audience of 7.50 million. Back with their first originals since March 14, Hawaii Five-0 (1.3/5) and Blue Bloods (1.5/5) were down and up 7% respectively, with the latter the most watched show of the night with 11.40 million viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Surges, ‘Rake’ Hits New Low, ‘Whose Line’ Down, CBS Wins Night With NCAA Basketball

By | Saturday March 29, 2014 @ 10:37am PDT

Hannibal - Season 2It was a primetime of blood, basketball and some serious shaking out on the West Coast last night. The latter was the 5.1 earthquake that rocked southern Californian just after 9 PM PT on Friday. In terms of TV, that led to all the networks in the LA-area preempting regular programming with news coverage of the quake for the rest of the night. It also means that there will more than likely be greater adjustments than usual in the final numbers on Monday. Having said that, it was a very tasty night for Hannibal (1.1/3). With a return appearance by Eddie Izzard, some cutting and a hanging of a sort, the often blood soaked NBC thriller series leaped up 22% among adults 18-49 over its March 21 show. That’s the best Hannibal has done in the key demo since its February 28 Season 2 debut. In terms of viewers, with 3.6 million watching, Hannibal rose 36% over last week to hit its biggest audience since the 4.4 million who tuned in for its second show on April 11, 2013. Of course, Hannibal probably got a bit of a helping hand viewershipwise from its 2-hour Dateline (1.4/5) lead-in. While even with last week’s show among the 18-49 demo, the NBC news mag series hit its highest Friday audience since March 25, 2011 with 8.0 million watching.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rake’ Tanks In New Slot, ‘Hannibal’ Rises, ‘Undercover Boss’ Finale Up Over Last Year, ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday March 15, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

rake march 14When Fox moved newbie Enlisted on Friday nights in January, the show saw a big jump upwards. The same could not be said for fellow freshman Rake (0.5/2) last night on its move to Fridays. The debut of the Greg Kinnear–starring drama in its new slot last night saw the faltering show hit a new low – down 37% from its last original on Thursday March 6. How much longer Rake will last now is really a matter of how low Fox is willing to let the show go. With a falling Rake as its lead-in instead of a Bones repeat, Enlisted (0.6/2) took a hit last night. The comedy was down 14% from its March 7 show. At least Raising Hope escaped unscathed. That comedy was even with last week’s 0.5/2 rating.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Falls Hard, ‘Enlisted’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ Even, ‘Shark Tank’ Dips As ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday March 8, 2014 @ 9:34am PST

MARK CUBAN, DAYMOND JOHNThings we know – the Olympics are long done, the Oscars have come and gone and awards season is over (for now) and ABC dominates Fridays. However, even though the network won the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.6/6 rating, ABC still stumbled a bit compared to last week – both down from its season demo high and with individual shows. With pitches for bicycle lighting and one for the baby knee pads Shark Tank (2.0/7) easily led the night as the highest rated show. With a 5% dip from its February 28 show, the entrepreneurial reality series basically stayed steady with last week. Though with 7.49 million watching it was down from its second best viewership result ever of  7.7 million from last week. Among the rest of ABC’s night, the only show to stay total even with last week was 20/20 (1.8/6) Comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/5) and The Neighbors (0.9/3) were up 8% and down 10% respectively from their February 28 shows. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘20/20’ Rebound Post-Olympics; ‘Hannibal’ Soft In Return; CBS Lineup Down

By | Saturday March 1, 2014 @ 10:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

hugh-dancy-hannibal-season-2-premiere-recap-nbcWith the Olympics over, ABC returned to its dominant self on Friday, paced by Shark Tank (2.1 in adults 18-49, up 24% from last week) and 20/20 (1.8, up 29%), which were back to finishing 1-2 for the night. Shark Tank drew its second largest audience ever (7.8 million). ABC’s comedies returned lower from their last originals, Last Man Standing (1.2, down 20%) and The Neighbors (1.0, down 9%). Still, ABC easily top the night, equaling its season high in the demo (1.7)

On NBC, Grimm returned from hiatus to a 1.4, down a tenth from its last original on Jan. 24. It led to the second season premiere of Hannibal, which posted a 1.1 demo rating. That was down from Hannibal‘s series premiere (1.6) in the Thursday 10 PM slot last season and the debut of Dracula (1.8) in the Friday 10 PM hour earlier this season. NBC points out that Hannibal’s Season 2 premiere topped the last five episode of Hannibal‘s first season. But those five episodes aired after the end of the season with very low HUT levels and in a vacuum, with no programming support. For instance, the Season 1 finale of the drama series posted a 0.8 in 18-49 behind an hourlong rerun of The Office, which manged a 0.5 in the demo. Last night, it followed … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ Gets February Return Date, ‘Crossbones’ On Hold

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 1:39pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hannibal_KA_vertUPDATED: NBC at the upfronts established a genre block on Friday from 9-11 PM with Grimm at 9 PM and Dracula, to be followed by pirate drama Crossbones in midseason. The network is keeping the block’s theme, but has now slotted Hannibal to succeed Dracula in the 10 PM time slot in midseason. (Hannibal’s first season aired on Thursday.) The 13-episode second season of Hannibal will debut after the Winter Olympics on February 28. There is no scheduling decision yet on Crossbones. From creator Bryan Fuller, Hannibal stars Mads Mikkelsen as brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lector, who is working with the FBI and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, to look into the mind of serial killers. Read More »

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History Developing Hannibal Barca Miniseries Produced By Halle Berry

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 10:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

HannibalBarcaHalle Berry is set to executive produce Hannibal (working title), a miniseries about the great generals in antiquity — Hannibal Barca and his archrival Scipio Africanus — who went head-to-head in the Second Punic War.berryhalle Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener) is penning the script for the project, co-produced by A+E Studios and Red Arrow Entertainment. “Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live, he may have been the greatest general, period,” said Berry. “His story is an intricate and captivating ride, and I’m thrilled to get this project off the ground with our partners at History.” Read More »

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Gaumont International Television Inks Series Deal With Fox

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of getting renewals for its series Hannibal on NBC and Hemlock Grove on Netflix, Gaumont International Television has signed a deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. Under the agreement, Gaumont and Fox will jointly develop two drama projects with at least one of them guaranteed to receive a 13-episode, straight-to-series order. The pact reunites GIT CEO Katie O’Connell with Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly, who appointed her as head of drama at NBC seven years ago, and with Fox’s head of drama Terence Carter, who was member of O’Connell’s team at NBC. Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Hannibal’ Crew Teases Season 2 Two-Part Opener

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 8:45pm PDT

NBC‘s Hannibal ended its rookie season on a cliffhanger with FBI investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) on the wrong side of the bars, accused of murder. Exec producer Bryan Fuller revealed Thursday at Comic-Con that the crime series’ second season will return in a two-parter followed by a trial in Episode 3. “We have the season arc crafted, and it’s a doozy,” Fuller teased to a packed ballroom. “We just finished breaking Episode 3, and we are breaking Episode 4 now.” The Season 2 openers will act as a pseudo pilot, Fuller said, reintroducing characters who now find themselves in much different places. “Will knows something no one else knows, and it’s a great place to put a character,” Fuller said. “One of the things I was most excited about in Season 2 was seeing Will Graham hit rock bottom.”

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Fans were out in full force to support the series, which wrapped its freshman season down in the ratings. In its first Comic-Con showing since debuting in April (Hannibal had a pre-premiere appearance last year), the show had fans in full Hannibal cosplay turn up at the panel. Star Dancy joined Fuller, exec producer and series director David Slade, and producer Martha De Laurentiis onstage for a panel chat following a gory “amuse bouche” highlights reel. The recap was a reminder of how Hannibal routinely depicts some of the most extreme graphic kills on broadcast TV. Fuller says network suits rarely object. Except on the Season 1 episode “Coquilles,” in which a killer mutilates his victims into angels to watch over him in his sleep. “We had two people who were nude and we saw their buttocks,” Fuller said. “They were dead, they were flayed open, and cracked in many ways. Their butt crack was the least offensive of the ones they were sporting, [but] the network said no. … I asked why, because of the exposed spine and muscle tissue and flayed skin? I said, ‘What if we fill the butt cracks with blood so you can’t see them?’ They said OK.” Read More »

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