As popular as horror is at the movies, the genre has often had a hard time on TV. Even though The Twilight Zone also had elements of sci-fi and fantasy, the fans had to write to CBS to keep it on the air.
One of the greatest horror series in history, Kolchak the Night Stalker, only lasted several seasons, even though it is well loved and remembered today.
So as you’ve been reading on TG
, Hannibal is coming to NBC with his own series, and now it’s been officially announced that the world famous cannibal will make his television debut on Thursday April 4 at 10 P.M. The series got a 13 episode commitment, and there’s already a preview trailer set up that’s about thirty seconds long that smartly doesn’t give away the whole store.
Like any good teaser trailer, we only get a tiny glimpse of Hannibal. Mads Mikkelsen plays the mad doctor, and his previous credits include Casino Royale, Clash of the Titans, and voice work as The Rhino for The Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series. It’s going to be tough to fill Anthony Hopkins’ shoes for sure. He was a perfect casting choice for Silence of the Lambs, because Hannibal was not only vicious and psychotic, but also incredibly brilliant.
Perhaps it takes a psycho to recognize a psycho, and this is where the tales of Lecter were unique. You were going to a hideous serial killer to help catch one, and even if two wrongs don’t make a right, they did save two people from the clutches of madmen in Silence, and the under-rated Manhunter.
This is also what makes Hannibal great for a series, because he’s the only one who’ll be able to help crack extreme cases for the Feds. Or at least that’s what you hope the show will deliver. Silence of the Lambs was one of those films where all the elements came together with an incredible cast (Hopkins and Jodie Foster), source material with the Thomas Harris novel, and director with Jonathan Demme.
We’ll soon find out if the Hannibal show can deliver similar magic, and bring horror back to network TV in a big way. Hannibal the series was created by Bryan Fuller, who also wrote for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager, and he also created Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies. More enticing elements for the series include regular cast member Laurence Fishburne as Agent Jack Crawford, as well as an upcoming guest appearance from Gillian Anderson.