NBC Sets a Date For ‘Hannibal’

The iconic serial killer finally gets a premiere date... in one of the worst time slots on TV.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The quick demise of “Do No Harm” after two episodes made it inevitable that NBC would bring out a replacement. Today, the network made it official.

NBC has announced that “Hannibal” will debut on Thursday, April 4 at 10pm. However, the 10pm Thursday timeslot has proven deadly on NBC. In the last two seasons alone, “Prime Suspect,” “Awake,” “The Firm” and “Do No Harm” have all failed to bring in audience which resulted in cancellations for each of those series.

On any network other than CBS, Friday nights would be the traditional death slot. But NBC has done well with “Grimm” on Fridays, so “Hannibal” would probably have been better suited for that night in the 10pm slot.

However, “Hannibal” has more brand recognition than any of NBC’s most recent Thursday night dramas, thanks to several feature films that immortalized Anthony Hopkins portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

For “Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller has modernized the characters from Thomas Harris’ “Red Dragon,” with Mads Mikkelsen as the title character and Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Will Graham, a criminal profiler who has no idea that his friend and mentor may be an even bigger monster than the killers he chases.

“Hannibal” has also assembled an unusually strong lineup of supporting players including Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas, Leslie Bibb, Gillian Anderson and Gina Torres. So if any drama can make it on NBC’s Thursday nights, this one has the best chance.

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