'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.

  • Katie

    CBSviewer: Actually Dracula is also co produced by NBC and I believe Sky so its cheap to produce as well.

  • Ultima

    So what happened to Crossbones?

    Maybe NBC doesn’t want it airing at the same time as Black Sails?

  • Oliver

    Honestly, not premiering on Friday at 10pm is probably an upgrade for Crossbones, whether it airs in summer or otherwise.

    And Hannibal could have a much worse timeslot than this.

  • SVU: Hannibal


    Undateable will go to whatever midseason comedy implodes on Tuesday, and Night Shift (also Community and Welcome to The Family) was only ordered so Sony Tv would stop threatening to shop The Blacklist around if they didn’t pick up more than MJF and Blacklist from them.

  • Carl

    What a forced, pretentious, silly promo poster. Much like the show itself.

  • Alex

    Actually Dracula is also co produced by NBC and I believe Sky so its cheap to produce as well.

    While Dracula is certainly cheaper than the average network drama NBC has a bigger burden on it than they do on Hannibal (Sky joined production relatively late and haven’t staked that much cash).

  • Oliver

    What a forced, pretentious, silly promo poster. Much like the show itself.
    So you’re complaining about truth in marketing? That’s a first!

  • DryedMangoez

    About Crossbones, how about SHOCK! NBC puts it on in the middle of the week!

    Unlikely, but is Parenthood ending early again? Maybe Thursdays are open?

  • Carl

    I don’t think Hugh Dancy looking half-asleep as they trot out the same type of tag line that Teen Wolf is also using (I’m not saying they borrowed from each other, I’m saying it’s a lazy way to seem “edgy” on both their parts) is all that truthful. It seems like something Lady Gaga would have put on her album cover.

  • were123

    I like it! It fits Fridays just perfectly, will have a good lead in and low ratings expectation and it’s already cheap. I could see it surviving on Fridays just fine, which is really good :)

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Such a great show with such dismal ratings!

  • Alex

    I’m pretty sure Parenthood has a full season order this year and won’t be ending early. Although its not out of the realm of possibility that NBC are going to shuffle the deck on their Thursday night mid season and Crossbones could be a part of that. Although I think its more likely they’ll move something like Crisis to Thursday night rather than Crossbones.

  • CrimTV

    Please say NBC are going to announce their other premiere dates today

  • Matt M.

    I still wonder how this got renewed. Absolutely ATROCIOUS ratings, even for its timeslot, night, and network. Its ratings were even horrible NBC Thursday.

  • Samuel

    Miracle it made it to season 2. It’ll be canceled before half the season as aired.

  • were123

    They already did, they had their midseason schedule done at the same time they had their fall schedule. If there’s an announcement, it will be a change in the already made schedule

  • were123

    Wooops! I got confused, they announced midseason, but not premiere dates, sorry xD

  • CrimTV


    They have not announced their premiere dates though have they. Which is what I said in my comment.

  • CrimTV

    Don’t worry :)

  • Alex

    @Matt M
    I still wonder how this got renewed…

    Its very cheap and well received by critics so NBC renewed it. Plus had NBC not picked up a second season someone else would have (its that cheap) and the last thing NBC would have wanted was the press of it landing somewhere else and catching on.

    Miracle it made it to season 2. It’ll be canceled before half the season as aired.

    Its really not and I very much doubt it will be.

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