'Hannibal' Season Two Premiere Set for Friday, February 28

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December 19th, 2013

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via press release:


Intense Match of Wits Between Dr. Hannibal, Will Graham Continues With 13 New Episodes


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Dec. 19, 2013 — NBC has announced it will premiere the 13-episode second season of the critically acclaimed drama “Hannibal” at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) Friday, Feb. 28 following “Grimm” after the previously-announced conclusion of the 10-episode run of “Dracula.”

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. Based on Thomas Harris’ best-selling novels, this series is the prequel to the story that began with the feature films “Red Dragon” and “Silence of the Lambs.”

The series also stars Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park also co-star.

“Bryan and his team are running on all creative cylinders once again and have delivered episodes full of intrigue, scares and surprises,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “The show continues to astound us with its incredible aesthetic beauty and its amazingly talented cast.”

Vulture.com rated “Hannibal” as the second best show on all of television — broadcast or cable — in 2013, calling it “a daring series,” and adding “This is the most visually and atmospherically striking network series since “‘Twin Peaks.’” The Chicago Sun-Times added that “Hannibal” is “deliciously disturbing and is bound to leave viewers hungry for more.”

TV critic Alan Sepinwall of HitFix.com said “Hannibal” had an “amazing first season of television.” The New York Post said, “The series is the most beautifully shot and produced show on network TV.”

“Hannibal” is from Gaumont International Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks.

The series is also produced by Dino De Laurentiis Company and Living Dead Guy Productions.

In addition to Fuller, Martha De Laurentiis, Steven Lightfoot, Chris Brancato, Katie O’Connell, Elisa Roth, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee also serve as executive producers.

  • Ryan

    Outstanding, my favorite new show of 2013.

  • Matthew Chapman

    So does this mean Crossbones has been relegated to Summer

  • Nick.

    Good to have the premiere date bumped up (last year was April). Hannibal and Revolution are two great shows, NBC. Keep them!

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Damn I was looking forward to Crossbones.

  • CBSviewer

    Hannibal will get the same numbers as Dracula but it will be Renewed considering it’s much cheaper to produce for NBC.

  • Russ

    This show got renewed?

  • Bill

    What happened to the pirate show?

  • Cyrax86

    Why the hell did NBC order so many new shows if they can’t schedule them? Alongside Crossbones, possibly Undateable and Night Shift might not see the regular season plus I still have doubts about Believe & Crisis airing back to back on Sundays…

  • Alvar

    What the flop??

  • k:Alex

    Hannibal has only 13 Ep, so Crossbones will be on in spring.

    I’m happy with this early premier, this show deserve a fair chance.

    But this mean Crossbones isn’t that good, otherwise NBC didn’t make this decision.
    Too bad, because it seemed like a fun show.

  • k:Alex

    Excuse, my ‘@’ was mean too ‘Matthew Chapman’

  • CBSviewer

    @ Cyrax86

    NBC ordered 10 episodes of Dracula in May 2012 and it premiered this fall.

  • omabin

    If they really wanted to air Crossbones, they could air it Fridays at 8pm and use Dateline on Sundays at 7 instead.

  • Ultima

    Hannibal has only 13 Ep, so Crossbones will be on in spring.

    Not in Hannibal’s timeslot. Hannibal will premeire with only 12 Fridays left during the season.

  • Percy

    So what happened to Crossbones?

  • Steven

    I thought “Hannibal” was coming back in the summer.
    “Hannibal” is much better being a summer series, than regular.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    This means the earliest Crossbones can air will be June 6th, since Hannibal will most likely end on May 30th. Or May 23rd if they decide to not take a one-week break for Good Friday.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Ultima

    Hannibal will probably get a 2-Hour Finale to air every episode during the season.

  • Alex

    Or they’ve moving Crossbones away from Friday night. Its not like they can’t make space for it elsewhere.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Special appearance here by me… :-)

    FYI: The FIRST movie using these characters was not “Red Dragon” or “Silence of the Lambs”. It was “Manhunter”, a 1986 flick with William Petersen as Will Graham and Brian Cox as Hannibal Lector. It was very good, check it out.

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