Hannibal (TV series)
|Developed by||Bryan Fuller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (List of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||Carol Dunn Trussell|
|Location(s)||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Original run||April 4, 2013– present|
Hannibal is an American thriller television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris and focuses on the budding relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham's most cunning enemy. The series received a 13 episode order for its first season and, unlike most U.S. network shows, any future seasons will also feature 13 episodes.1 David Slade executive produced and directed the pilot. The series premiered on NBC on April 4, 2013.2
- Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham, a gifted criminal profiler and hunter of serial killers.
- Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant forensic psychiatrist, cannibalistic serial killer and culinarian.
- Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana Bloom, a psychiatry professor and consultant profiler for the FBI.
- Hettienne Park as Special Agent Beverly Katz, a crime scene investigator specializing in fiber analysis.
- Laurence Fishburne as Special Agent-in-Charge Jack Crawford, head of Behavioral Sciences at the FBI and Graham's boss.
- Lara Jean Chorostecki as Fredricka "Freddie" Lounds, a tabloid blogger.
- Scott Thompson as Jimmy Price, a crime scene investigator specializing in latent fingerprints.
- Aaron Abrams as Brian Zeller, a crime scene investigator.
- Kacey Rohl as Abigail Hobbs, daughter of serial killer Garrett Jacob Hobbs who develops a complicated relationship with Hannibal Lecter.
- Gina Torres as Phyllis "Bella" Crawford, Jack Crawford's wife who is suffering from terminal lung cancer.
- Ellen Greene as Mrs. Komeda, a Boston novelist and friend of Dr. Lecter.
- Raúl Esparza as Dr. Frederick Chilton, administrator of Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
- Gillian Anderson as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Lecter's psychotherapist.
NBC began developing a Hannibal series in 2011 and former head of drama Katie O'Connell brought in her long-time friend Bryan Fuller (who had previously served as a writer-producer on NBC's Heroes) to write a pilot script in November. NBC gave the series a financial commitment before Fuller had completed his script.4 On February 14, 2012, NBC bypassed the pilot stage of development by giving the series a 13-episode first season based solely on the strength of Fuller's script.5 The series went into production quickly thereafter.
30 Days of Night and Eclipse director David Slade, who had previously directed the pilot for NBC's Awake was slated to executive produce and direct the pilot.6 José Andrés has been brought onto the project as a special "culinary cannibal consultant" and will advise the crew on proper procedure for preparing human flesh for consumption.7
Bryan Fuller discussed the limited episode order and the continuing story arc he envisions for the series. "Doing a cable model on network television gives us the opportunity not to dally in our storytelling because we have a lot of real estate to cover". Speaking specifically about the Hannibal Lecter character, Fuller said, "There is a cheery disposition to our Hannibal. He's not being telegraphed as a villain. If the audience didn't know who he was, they wouldn't see him coming. What we have is Alfred Hitchcock's principle of suspense—show the audience the bomb under the table and let them sweat when it's going to go boom". He went on to call the relationship between Graham and Lecter as "really a love story", saying "As Hannibal has said [to Graham] in a couple of the movies, 'You're a lot more like me than you realize'. We'll get to the bottom of exactly what that means over the course of the first two seasons".1 Fuller also stated that the show will adapt Harris' books, with Red Dragon being the basis for season four, and he wants to have other famous characters from the book series (such as Jame Gumb and Clarice Starling) provided that he can get the rights to them from MGM.8
British actor Hugh Dancy was the first actor to be cast, taking on the lead role of FBI criminal profiler Will Graham, who seeks help from Lecter in profiling and capturing serial killers.9 In June 2012, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen was cast in the title role.10 Soon after this, actor Laurence Fishburne was cast as FBI Behavioural Sciences Unit commander Jack Crawford.11 Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park were also later cast as Dr. Alana Bloom, a former student of Hannibal Lecter's and crime scene investigator Beverly Katz, respectively.1213 Lara Jean Chorostecki, Kacey Rohl, Scott Thompson and Aaron Abrams were also cast in recurring roles.14 Gina Torres also has a recurring role as Phyllis "Bella" Crawford, Jack Crawford's wife.15 Ellen Greene, Raúl Esparza and Gillian Anderson were later cast in recurring roles and appeared later in season one.161718 Other well known actors, such as Molly Shannon, Eddie Izzard and Lance Henriksen also guest-starred on the show.192021
One year before original airing, in April 10, 2012 the ProSiebenSat.1 Media Group acquired the rights to broadcast the series in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark beginning in 2013.23 Citytv picked up broadcasting rights in Canada as a mid-season debut.24 Sky Living started broadcasting the show in the UK and Republic of Ireland from May 7, 2013.25 The show premiered on AXN (India) in India on April 5, 2013 and AXN Asia on April 9, 2013 and in Poland on AXN (Poland) on April 10, 2013. The series is also broadcast on the Seven Network in Australia, late night Wednesdays from mid April 2013.26
The series fourth episode, "Œuf", which revolved around kidnapped children who had been brainwashed into murdering their own former families, was pulled from the schedule at the request of creator Bryan Fuller. The episode was still broadcasted in other countries.27 This was not a result of the Boston Marathon bombings as some reports have indicated, but was actually decided just hours beforehand.28 Fuller said of the decision, "With this episode, it wasn't about the graphic imagery or violence. It was the associations that came with the subject matter that I felt would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode. It was my own sensitivity... We want to be respectful of the social climate we're in right now".29 In lieu of a traditional broadcast, a portion of the episode was broken into a series of webisodes, which was made available through various online media outlets.30 The complete episode was later made available via iTunes on April 29, 2013.31
The series was pulled by Salt Lake City, Utah's KSL-TV (Channel 5) as of April 29, 2013 after four episodes were aired, and will air in that market beginning with the May 4 episode during late night Saturdays after Saturday Night Live on KUCW, Salt Lake City's CW affiliate.32 KSL-TV is owned by the commercial broadcasting arm of the LDS Church, and has refused several NBC series in the past due to violent or sexual content. Hannibal was pulled after Salt Lake Tribune television writer Scott D. Pierce criticized the station for refusing to carry NBC's sitcom The New Normal due to its sexual humor, while allowing the violence of Hannibal to air without any objections; the article led to viewer complaints to KSL over the series.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"Apéritif"||David Slade||Bryan Fuller||April 4, 2013||101||4.3633|
|FBI Special Investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers and mentally re-create their crimes with vivid detail, is drawn into the investigation of a series of missing college girls by Special Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), who has special interest in Graham's ability. Crawford and Graham interview the parents of the latest girl to go missing, only to discover that her body has been returned to her bedroom. Graham suspects it is an apologetic gesture from the killer. Crawford, by recommendation of Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas), enlists the help of noted psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), who takes a keen interest in the case and particularly in Graham, in whom he senses a like mind. Another girl is found, this one mounted on top of a deer's head in an open field with her lungs removed. Graham is convinced it is the work of someone else, a negative designed to show him the positives of the other crimes. Dr. Lecter is shown preparing himself a meal with meat that looks like lungs. FBI crime scene investigator Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park) finds a shred of metal from a pipe threader on the clothes of the returned girl, which leads Graham and Dr. Lecter to a construction site that employs one Garrett Jacob Hobbs, who fits Graham's profile. Dr. Lecter secretly makes a phone call to Hobbs, warning him that, "They know." Lecter and Graham arrive at Hobbs's house just as Hobbs kills his wife. Graham shoots Hobbs dead, but not before Hobbs partially cuts his daughter's throat. Later, Graham and Lecter sit with the unconscious girl in her hospital room.|
|2||"Amuse-Bouche"||Michael Rymer||Jim Danger Gray||April 11, 2013||103||4.3834|
|Now a special investigator for the FBI, Will Graham helps to find a murderer who uses his victims as fertilizer to grow mushrooms. Tabloid blogger Freddie Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki) snoops around the crime scene and Dr. Lecter's office to write a story about Graham, which the killer uses to stay a step ahead of the investigation. Meanwhile, Graham and Dr. Lecter discuss their mutual feeling of responsibility for Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl), which leads Graham to begin opening up to the doctor. The killer is revealed to be a pharmacist who preys on diabetics and is obsessed with the similarities between the structures of fungi and the human mind: Graham intercepts and shoots him in the arm as he attempts to kidnap the unconscious Abigail Hobbs. During another session with Lecter, Graham reluctantly admits that he enjoyed killing Garret Jacob Hobbs; Lecter likens it to a feeling of being God.|
|3||"Potage"||David Slade||Story by: David Fury
Teleplay by: David Fury and Chris Brancato and Bryan Fuller
|April 18, 2013||102||3.5135|
|Abigail Hobbs awakens from her coma. Graham suspects that Garret Jacob Hobbs, dubbed the "Minnesota Shrike," killed eight girls, but not the one impaled on the deer's head; that, he maintains, was a victim of a copycat, who called Hobbs to warn him. Crawford harbors suspicions that Abigail was somehow complicit in her father's killing spree, despite objections from Dr. Bloom, Lecter and Graham. Freddie Lounds meets the brother of the impaled girl and reveals to him that Abigail Hobbs is out of the hospital. Lecter and Graham take Abigail to her home, where she and her neighbor Marissa are confronted by the brother of the impaled girl. The following day, Abigail is taken to the cabin where Marissa is found impaled on a deer's head. In her house, Abigail finds the hair of one of the murdered girls inside a pillow and inadvertently kills the brother of the impaled girl in a way that, according to Lecter, cannot be seen as self-defense. Lecter helps her cover-up the murder, after which Abigail realizes it was Lecter who made the call to her father. Lecter suggests that Abigail keep his secret in exchange for his hiding her murder.|
|4||"Œuf"||Peter Medak||Jennifer Schuur||April 26, 2013India)
|Two families are found murdered, with both mothers killed last. The only link between the families is that they both have sons who have been on the missing persons list for approximately a year. Graham concludes these "Lost Boys" are killing their old families to bond more closely to their new family. Graham continues his sessions with Dr. Lecter and confides that even if he finds the boys, he will never be able to give them back what they gave away: their families. He also admits to having paternal feelings toward Abigail Hobbs, which make him uncomfortable. Lecter's own interest in Abigail leads him to check her out of the hospital, against Dr. Bloom's wishes, and take her into his care. He gives her some tea made from psilocybin mushrooms to help with her traumatic dreams. Bloom helps Graham realize that the "Lost Boys" are under the influence of a powerful mother figure (Molly Shannon) and uses footage from a convenience store security camera to track them to North Carolina in time to stop another young boy from murdering his family.|
|5||"Coquilles"||Guillermo Navarro||Story by: Scott Nimerfro
Teleplay by: Scott Nimerfro and Bryan Fuller
|April 25, 2013||106||2.4036|
|A murdered couple is found in a motel room, posed in praying positions with the flesh of their backs opened and strung to the ceiling to give them the appearance of wings. Using hairs collected from the motel pillow, the BAU team discover several medications used to treat brain tumors in the killer's bloodstream. Graham surmises that the killer is transforming his victims into guardian angels to watch over him because he is afraid of dying in his sleep. Meanwhile, Crawford's wife Bella (Gina Torres) becomes Dr. Lecter's new patient. She is reluctant to tell her husband that she has terminal lung cancer because he already has too much to worry about. Graham starts to suffer from episodes of sleepwalking and continues to dream about the feathered stag that has been haunting him since the Hobbs case. He confides to Dr. Lecter that the pressure of looking into killer's minds is starting to break his psyche and Dr. Lecter attempts to use this to create a wedge between Graham and Crawford. The angel-maker is tracked to an old farm, but is discovered to have committed suicide and transformed himself into an angel. During the investigation, Crawford realizes the reason for his wife's distant behaviour and promises to help her through her illness any way he can.|
|6||"Entrée"||Michael Rymer||Story by: Kai Yu Wu
Teleplay by: Kai Yu Wu and Bryan Fuller
|May 2, 2013||107||2.6137|
|A nurse at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane is brutally murdered by a patient, Dr. Abel Gideon (Eddie Izzard), in a manner reminiscent of the "Chesapeake Ripper", who hasn't committed a murder in two years, the same number of years Gideon has been incarcerated. While Graham tries to discover whether Gideon truly is the Ripper, Crawford receives a phone call, apparently from the real Ripper, who plays the recorded voice of Miriam Lass (Anna Chlumsky), a trainee Crawford had consulting on the Chesapeake Ripper case two years previously when she suddenly disappeared. Bloom and Crawford make a deal with Freddie Lounds to write a story about Gideon, hoping to provoke the real Ripper to make himself visible. During a dinner with Bloom and Lecter, Dr. Frederick Chilton (Raúl Esparza), the administrator of the Baltimore hospital, tells them he had suspected Gideon of being the Ripper; Lecter surmises that Chilton unintentionally planted the thought in Gideon's mind during a session, implying that, while Gideon is not the Ripper, he believes himself to be. Later, Crawford receives another phone call, which they trace to an old observatory, where they find Miriam's cell phone clutched in the hand of a severed arm. A final flashback reveals Miriam's fate: she visits Dr. Lecter to ask about an old patient, Jeremy Olmstead, whom he had come into contact with when working as an ER attendant, who has turned up as the latest Ripper victim. While Lecter excuses himself, Miriam finds one of his sketches of the Wound Man, which precisely matches the manner in which Olmstead was murdered. Lecter sneaks up on her from behind and knocks her unconscious, revealing himself as the real Chesapeake Ripper.|
|7||"Sorbet"||James Foley||Jesse Alexander & Bryan Fuller||May 9, 2013||105||2.6238|
|The BAU is called in when a man is found in a hotel room bathtub with his kidney removed and Graham must determine whether this is the act of an organ harvester or if the Chesapeake Ripper has claimed his first victim in two years. Meanwhile, Crawford continues to be haunted by the discovery of Miriam Lass's arm. Dr. Bloom suspects that Crawford has become obsessed with catching the Ripper, and is putting Graham in danger by making him chase the Ripper. Lecter murders a medical examiner who once treated him rudely and removes his heart. When his body is found displayed on a bus, Graham becomes convinced that the latest victim was the work of the real Ripper, while the first was not. Lecter takes another four victims and harvests their organs for use in a dinner party. Through hotel security footage, the BAU team discovers that the organ harvester is a part-time paramedic, Devon Silvestri, who aspires to be a doctor. They track his ambulance in time to save the life of his latest victim, but his arrest solidifies Graham's opinion that there is only one Chesapeake Ripper, who was responsible for all of the murders except the first.|
|8||"Fromage"||Tim Hunter||Jennifer Schuur and Bryan Fuller||May 16, 2013||108||2.4639|
|Lecter's patient Franklin Froideveaux (Dan Fogler) worries that his friend Tobias may be a psychopath, but Franklin's growing obsession with Lecter is what concerns the latter more. Graham investigates the murder of a Baltimore musician who had his throat opened and a cello neck inserted through his mouth. Graham, with Lecter's guidance, interprets this as one killer serenading another. Graham's mental stability deteriorates further when he begins having auditory hallucinations of animals in pain and when his romantic feelings for Alana Bloom are rejected. At first she responds well to Graham kissing her, but then says it would be a bad idea for them to become involved. When Franklin confesses to Lecter that Tobias had told him he wanted to cut open someone's throat and "play them like a violin," Lecter confronts Tobias, who reveals that not only is he the murderer, but he knows that Lecter is one as well and feels that they could be friends. Lecter passes on some of this information to Graham, once again putting an unknowing Graham in a dangerous situation when he goes to question him. Tobias kills two police officers who accompanied Graham and escapes to Lecter's office, where Franklin is having a session. Lecter kills both Franklin and Tobias and lies to Crawford about what happened. Lecter confides to his own psychoanalyst, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson), that he believes he might have found a true friend in Graham.|
|9||"Trou Normand"40||Guillermo Navarro41||May 23, 201342||10943|
|10||"Buffet Froid"44||John Dahl45||May 30, 201342||11046|
|11||"Rôti"47||Guillermo Navarro48||June 6, 201342||11149|
|12||"Relevés"50||Michael Rymer51||June 13, 201342||11252|
|13||"Savoureux"53||David Slade54||June 20, 201342||11355|
Reviews for Hannibal have been generally positive. On critic website Metacritic, the series has scored 68/100 based on 31 critical reviews, which constitutes "generally favorable reviews."56 Joanne Ostow of The Denver Post praised the series as a "... well constructed, masterfully written piece," but stated "... this level of violent imagery is not my cup of tea..." She also had high praise for the characters, stating that they are "... so compelling, however, that you may give in to the gore-fest."57 Paul Doro of Shock Till You Drop gave Hannibal an 8/10 and said of the series, "The stab at classy horror mostly succeeds due to excellent performances from the leads, genuine suspense and surprises, well-constructed short and long-term mysteries, and an appropriately disconcerting mood that permeates the action right from the start..." and praised Hugh Dancy in particular, saying he "... does an outstanding job of subtlety conveying how painful human interaction is for him, and despite being abrasive and unpleasant, you are always in his corner and really feel for the guy."58 Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly gave the show an A- and called it "... finely acted, visually scrumptious, and deliciously subversive."59
Brian Lowry of Variety said Hannibal is "... the tastiest drama the network has introduced in awhile," and had particular praise for the central trio of Dancy, Mikkelsen and Fishburne.60 Eric Goldman of IGN gave the series a 9/10, which constitutes a score of "Amazing". He said, "A prequel TV series about Hannibal Lecter has to overcome a lot of preconceptions... But guess what? None of that matters when you actually watch the show, because Hannibal is terrific."61 Linda Stasi of The New York Post gave the series two and a half stars out of four, praising the performances and called it "... The most beautifully shot and produced show on network TV, with many scenes simply and literally breathtaking..."62 Jeff Simon from The Buffalo News called Hannibal "deeply sinister" and "brilliant."63 The Chicago Sun Times' TV critic Lori Rackl said, "Hannibal is a haunting, riveting... drama that has the look and feel of a show audiences have become more accustomed to seeing on cable than broadcast," and concluded that "It's also extremely well executed... bound to leave viewers hungry for more."64 Alan Sepinwall of HitFix called Hannibal "creepy, haunting, smart, utterly gorgeous..." and the best of this season's serial killer shows.65
Glenn Garvin from The Miami Herald called it "a fast-food hash of poor planning and worse execution..." and called the writing "a mess of unmemorable dialogue and unworkable characterizations."66 Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe was similarly critical, calling the series "rank and depressing," and concluded that it is "shocking, gruesome, and, ultimately, hollow."67
|No.||Title||Original air date||18–49
|1||"Apéritif"||April 4, 2013||1.6||4.3633||1.1||2.41||6.7768||2.7|
|2||"Amuse-Bouche"||April 11, 2013||1.7||4.3834||1.1||2.37||6.7569||2.8|
|3||"Potage"||April 18, 2013||1.4||3.5135||1.4||2.08||5.5970||2.8|
|4||"Œuf"||April 26, 2013||N/A|
|5||"Coquilles"||April 25, 2013||1.0||2.4036||1.9||1.81||4.2171||2.9|
|6||"Entrée"||May 2, 2013||1.1||2.6137||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|7||"Sorbet"||May 9, 2013||1.1||2.6238||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|8||"Fromage"||May 16, 2013||1.1||2.4639||1.0||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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