When word first leaked that NBC was planning on making a drama series based off of the characters created by Thomas Harris in “Silence of the Lambs” books there was a collective eye roll from most fans. Here was the peacock network, which seemed unable to produce hour long dramas, tempting fate by toying with one of the classic movie characters of all time. However when Bryan Fuller, creator of “Dead Like Me” and “Pushing Daises” signed onto the project the vibe around NBC’s proposed “Hannibal” series changed.
Fuller has a track record of making dynamic and eye popping TV. His style was just the right temperament for “Hannibal”. Fuller and NBC combined to make the first season of “Hannibal” on of the surprise hits of last year. The show featured Hugh Dancy as FBI profiler Will Graham, Laurence Fishburne as his boss Jack Crawford, and Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lector. “Hannibal” was a prequel of sorts to the event in “Silence of the Lambs”.
Will Graham is a profiler who can get into the mind of a serial killer, and by the end of season one he had begun to realize the menace behind Mikkelsen’s well dressed Lector. Credit Mikkelsen for taking his portrayal of Lector in the opposite direction of Anthony Hopkins Oscar winning version. This early Lector is a tailored and buttoned up killer still learning his trade. Add in Fuller’s skill at over the top imagery and the show just worked.
The season ended with Hannibal framing Will for murder in order to keep him off his trail. Tonight the show returns with Will in jail, and Dr. Lector taking his place as lead FBI profiler. The fox is literally in the hen house. Of course this is “Hannibal” so there has to be some controversy around the show. This time the problem is the show’s time slot. Thanks to the success of “The Blacklist” (Just say “Lizzy” three times very slowly) there isn’t room for Hannibal anymore on Monday’s. The show now is airing Friday’s at 10pm.
While it makes sense to air the show after “Grimm”, the Friday 10pm time slot is a death zone for TV. The show will need all of the DVR numbers it can get to survive. Recommending a TV show to someone when it airs on Friday is akin to not going to prom. It’s always been a TV night for shut ins. Do a solid for quality TV and Bryan Fuller and DVR the second season of “Hannibal” right now. Great TV deserves a better platform than this NBC.
Here’s a 2 minute preview of “Hannibal” to get viewers ready for the second season.
Date: Friday, February 28th
Episode Title: Hannibal Season 2 Premiere
Start Time: 10:00 pm ET
Online Stream: NBC.com