In a year that's already given us Fox's The Following and A&E's Bates Motel, some might argue that we don't need another serial killer TV show. And they'd probably be right.
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Taking characters from the Thomas Harris novels that inspired a film series that includes Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, executive producer Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) has created a sophisticated drama that doesn't glorify the violence of mass murder but rather examines the toll that hunting serial killers takes on the minds and souls of those who hunt. In fact, even though the show is named after Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who was immortalized as one of the greatest pop culture villains of all time thanks to Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning portrayal, the series — at least initially — isn't entirely focused on the cannibal in the three-piece suit...
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Hannibal has cast Wonderfalls' Caroline Dhavernas as its female lead, TVLine reports.
Showrunner Bryan Fuller, who created both shows, tweeted the news along with a picture of Dhavernas and her Wonderfalls lion figurine.
In the adaptation, Dhavernas will play Dr. Alana "Al" Bloom, a psychology professor and protégé of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).
NBC's Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane, is lining up quite a cast.
The latest star to join the edgy drama is Beth Grant, according to TVLine.
Grant will play Maryanne, the paraplegic, busybody neighbor who takes a very keen interest in the strange new family next door.
Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is taking another stab at developing a remake of The Munsters at NBC.
Fuller has met with NBC executives in recent weeks ...