Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Mads Mikkelsen
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.
But NBC's Hannibal isn't just another serial killer show.
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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...
When Carrie confronted Brody for being a terrorist on Homeland; when Quinn Perkins' identity was revealed on Scandal; when Lori died on The Walking Dead; when American Horror Story: Asylum revealed who Bloody Face was: All of these things happened within the first five episodes of each of these series this season. Suffice it to say, the fall TV season has been full-steam ahead, with series diving straight into some of their biggest mysteries at such a breakneck speed, it has left fans wondering — and anticipating -- how the shows will top these events for the remainder of the season. Does this make speed the new suspense on television?
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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 ...
Caroline Dhavernas' last show on TV, the cult favorite Wonderfalls, was killed after just 13 episodes. So, it's not surprising that she wasn't exactly eager to go back to series television.
"It was really too bad because it was such a different and quirky show and the fans loved it," Dhavernas says of the Bryan Fuller-produced series that followed a philosophy graduate working in a gift shop where the wax figurines urge her to help people in need.
Is Off the Map more than Grey's Anatomy in the jungle?
Six years of bit parts in Canadian films and guest roles on crime procedurals passed. Then, while on a beach in Bali, she read the script for Off the Map, a near-surefire hit from the team behind Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. The show was a medical drama set in the South American jungle.
"[Going to Bali] was the first time that I had traveled on my own, for a whole month," she says. "That's also one of the reasons why Off the Map appealed to me, because I was on the beach surrounded by coconuts and sand and ocean. I was reading something that took place exactly in that setting and was like...
Bailey really can't catch a break when it comes to love.
Jason George, who plays Bailey's recurring love interest on Grey's Anatomy, has joined the cast of the new Shonda Rhimes-produced pilot Off the Map.
Caroline Dhavernas snags lead in Off the Map
George will play ...
Wonderfalls' Caroline Dhavernas has been cast as one of the three leads in Off the Map, Shonda Rhimes' new medical pilot for ABC.
Dhavernas, 31, will play...
William Petersen (CSI), Terry O'Quinn (Lost) and Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)
Starting with this week's column, Matt Webb Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor welcome fellow senior editor Tim Molloy to the Mega mix. Every Wednesday, our troika of scoop-hunters will answer your questions! (To that end, send all queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
I will be sad when William Petersen leaves CSI, because I don't think he will be able to be replaced. I will watch the first week he is gone, but I don't think I will watch it after that. — Fox
MATT: Normally I turn a blind eye to Mega Buzz questions not phrased as such, but this topic begs addressing. Having sneak-peeked this Thursday's (super-creepy!) episode, in which Gil first shares his decision to leave CSI, I concur that yes, it is going to be very hard to say goodbye come Jan. 15. But I must put this out there: Give change a chance. After getting a feel for Laurence Fishburne's criminology prof, I'm curious ...
Lee Pace and Anna Friel in Pushing Daisies by Scott Garfield/ABC
Will the TV audience go out on a limb to embrace the much-buzzed-about pilot of ABC's delightfully one-of-a-kind Pushing Daisies, or will this one go the way of the whimsical and short-lived Wonderfalls (another offbeat gem from creator Bryan Fuller)? Will ABC's Private Practice and NBC's Bionic Woman continue to duke it out for bragging rights as the season's sole breakout hits? Or is it possible that having sampled the first episodes of each out of curiosity, disgruntled viewers will find something else to occupy their time? Is CW's over-the-top Gossip Girl destined to be a cult guilty pleasure at best? Can Casey become the first female Top Chef (here's hoping) when the winner is announced in the live finale? Will Cartman make us blush as he pretends to have Tourette's syndrome on the season-opener of South Park? (Youve noticed I've turned away from network TV in addressing the 10 pm/ET hour. Only ABC's Dirty Sexy Money piques my interest from the big-three offerings in that...