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As part of its most recent "Ask Ausiello" spoilers column, TVLine shed a bit of light on the upcoming Season 2 of "Hannibal," including when we'll next see fan favorite Gillian Anderson on the show...
Joining her this season are the already announced guest stars Martin Donovan ("Weeds") as Jack Crawford's (Laurence Fishburne) FBI shrink while Cynthia Nixon ("Sex and the City") will appear as Kade Purnell, an employee of the Office of the Inspector General in FBI Oversight who will be putting Jack under a microscope for his involvement with recent events involving Will (Hugh Dancy).
Speaking of Fishburne, TVLine confirmed that while he has signed on to an HBO project that's in its early stages, it will have no impact on his Season 2 "Hannibal" schedule. »
- Debi Moore
Eddie Izzard is heading back to NBC. The Mockingbird Lane star has inked a one-year talent holding deal with the network, NBC announced Wednesday. Under the pact, Izzard will receive an executive producer credit if he is cast as the lead of a series. Photos: NBC's 'Munsters': Meet the New Residents of 'Mockingbird Lane' The casting continues Izzard's relationship with the network, where he most recently had a two-episode arc on Bryan Fuller's Hannibal and after he starred in the Pushing Daisies creator's ill-fated Munsters reboot. The comedian's TV credits also include FX's The Riches, United
- Lesley Goldberg
British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard has signed a one-year talent holding deal with NBC Entertainment. In the deal, Izzard will receive executive producer credit if cast as the lead in a series. Also read: ‘Blacklist’ Renewed for Season 2 by NBC Best known for his multiple cross-dressing comedy specials, Izzard has appeared and starred on several American TV series, including Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” FX’s “The Riches,” which he also served as executive producer, and recently on NBC’s “Hannibal.” Previously, he played the Grandpa role on the NBC failed pilot-turned-tv-movie, “Mockingbird Lane,” Bryan Fuller’s “Munsters” reboot. »
- Jethro Nededog
Well now, here's something to be thankful for: Eddie Izzard has confirmed that he will be returning in Season 2 of NBC's "Hannibal"! All we need now is for the network to finally announce the show's return date, and we'll be really happy.
"I will be back," Izzard told Digital Spy while promoting his latest comedy tour, "Force Majeure." "Everyone's given me great feedback on 'Hannibal,' and I've only done two episodes - I really let go in that one!"
"Hannibal" will return in early 2014 with a 13-episode season that begins with Episode 2.01, “Kaiseki” (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner).
“Hannibal,” starring Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, was developed for television by Bryan Fuller, who also serves as writer and executive producer. In addition to Fuller, Martha De Laurentiis, Jesse Alexander, Chris Brancato, Sara Colleton, Katie O’Connell, Elisa Roth, Sidonie Dumas, and Christophe Riandee »
- Debi Moore
Syfy is prepping to explore one of the oldest poems in literature.
The development project, from Universal Cable Productions, is described as an adaptation of the classic epic poem that further examines the hero's rise to power and his feud with the monster Grendel.
Universal Cable Productions and Omnifilm Entertainment will co-distribute the project, with the latter serving as the production company on the drama. Brian Hamilton, Michael Chechik, Matt Greenberg, Andrew Cosby and Paulo de Oliveira are on board to executive produce.
Photos: Faces of Fall TV 2013
The Old English poem, which is cited as one of the most important works in literature, originated between the 8th and 11th century. Beowulf was previously adapted for the big screen in »
- Lesley Goldberg
It’s liftoff time. Powered by a crop of established producers, pay TV giant Canal Plus and a surge of international alliances, Gallic fiction production is slowly but surely taking off and landing in other countries — including the notoriously hard-to-penetrate U.S. market.
The past two years have been particularly fruitful for French drama exports, with a flurry of homegrown shows, including cop skeins “Braquo” and “Spiral” and supernatural series “The Returned,” getting snatched up in major territories and scoring high ratings.
Riding the wave, the French Consulate in Los Angeles and the Ile de France Film Commission have joined forces to bow Direct to Series, a Los Angeles-set showcase of French fiction drama. The Producers Guild and the Writers Guild are backing the event.
“In terms of the culture of moving images, America and France have always inspired each other,” says WGA veep Howard A. Rodman. “For the past 100 years, »
- Elsa Keslassy
There has been a lot of talk about a potential new Star Trek series recently. Joe Michalczuk at Sky News tweeted the news that Roberto Orci had a meeting with CBS to revive the franchise on television. Orci later denied it, saying that he simply enquired about the rights. But considering the fan reaction at the suggestion of a new series, it has to be obvious to the network and potential advertisers that there would be some significant interest.
However, this isn’t the first time that a new series has been pursued. Since the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise, six months haven’t gone by without some rumour about someone or other aiming to bring Star Trek back to television.
Michael Dorn to this day is still hoping for a Captain Worf television show, while others who have expressed a desire to bring the show back to TV screens »
- Brian Chapman
By Rachel Bennett
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When a book becomes a hit, topping bestseller lists and leaving store shelves vacant, one question always quickly follows: “When will it be turned into a movie?”
Adapting literature to film can be a win-win situation, as it provides an original story with a built-in audience that will likely buy tickets come opening day. At the same time, not every book translates to box-office success, with some vehicles being better suited to a smaller medium — like TV.
Creating TV adaptations of beloved literature is not a new phenomenon, but it’s one TV executives should increasingly consider in the face of a disappointing fall season.
Why? Because of all of the new offerings this season, a »
- Rachel Bennett
Amanda Plummer will be pushing the wrong pressure points when she guest stars on the sophomore season of NBC’s “Hannibal.” The actress will play Katherine Pimms, described as a hippie-chic acupuncturist who’s been causing trouble, on the NBC thriller’s fourth episode of Season 2, TheWrap has learned. Also read: Isabella Rossellini to Guest Star on NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ (Exclusive) “Hannibal” — from Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daises”) – returns early next year with 13 new episodes. It stars Mads Mikkelsen as a younger Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy as an FBI profiler with his own set of emotional problems. Plummer can next be seen on the. »
- Jethro Nededog
If there’s any lasting cultural impact to this latest film adaptation of Stephen King’s “Carrie,” it’s that it confirms the material’s status as an archetypal mythos. Like the Passion Play and “A Christmas Carol,” this is the kind of engrained fable that gets told over and over again, even when almost everyone in the audience knows every beat of the plot. The story has become a touchstone to generations of misfits and outsiders; in between its two big-screen versions, it spawned a movie sequel (“The Rage: Carrie 2”), a small-screen adaptation written by Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”) and even an infamous. »
- Alonso Duralde
After debuting on Us television in March 2004, Wonderfalls was abruptly pulled from the schedules only four weeks later. However like all good TV shows – and believe me this is a Great show – the series found itself a cult audience, one who would find any way of seeing the remaining nine episodes that were not screened on American television. Of course not all countries and and all TV stations cut off the show after four episodes and eventually all thirteen episodes became available via less-than-legal torrents and file sharing services. But something else happened… The small, but very vocal, loyal fanbase that had built up around the show in such a short space of time got so loud that Fox actually released the entire thirteen episode series on DVD less »
- Phil Wheat
The small screen is where the original Trek and its various spin-offs became famous, garnered their dedicated fanbases, and breaking ground with its storytelling.
The shows were sci-fi dramas that could explore all sorts of possibilities, unlike the films which always seemed stuck in a more conventional "Star Wars"-lite action blockbuster format.
Now, Sky News reporter Joe Michalczuk has revealed that the franchise could be returning to the small screen again - something that hasn't been seen since the finale of "Enterprise" in May 2005.
Earlier this week, Michalczuk talked with Bob Orci who co-wrote the two recent Trek films. Michalczuk then tweeted the following:
Bob Orci just told me they've had a meeting with CBS to revive @StarTrek on TV...This made »
- Garth Franklin
Face Off Episode 509
Original Airdate: 8 October 2013
In This Episode...
With seven contestants left, it seems obvious to do a challenge around the seven deadly sins. Each contestant picks a colored apple which has a sin inside it. They must create a foreboding character that represents their sin, and also work in their color. Guest judge this week is Bryan Fuller, executive producer of Hannibal.
Miranda chose blue lust. She created a beautiful horned makeup - but I didn’t see lust in it. The judges felt the same, even after she described her creation as a demon whose lust for eternal youth drives her to drink the blood of men. Glenn, Ve, and Neville all thought that the sculpt was gorgeous and the paint was beautiful, but Bryan sagely noted that it needed more T&A. “Seemed prudish for lust.”
Frank had orange gluttony. Despite warnings »
- Alyse Wax
2013 had a very violent spring. From teenagers gunning down each other in films like Stoker and Spring Breakers to serial killers gunning down each other on The Following, excessive, showy violence pervaded the pop culture consciousness. And, on the heels of this, premiered the equally disturbing series Hannibal. For those accustomed to Bryan Fuller’s sense of dark humor (on series like Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me), his new show would prove to be a departure from that. Yet his innate sense of character-driven storytelling would remain in tact.
- John Keith
Are you still wallowing in a post-Breaking Bad puddle of despair and Netflix re-runs? Is trying to recover from the reality that we won't ever see any more of Walt, Jesse, Skyler and Hank proving tougher than giving up blue meth addiction?
Trust us, we know how you feel, but we might be able to help. The only true cure for a TV addiction is finding a new one, and a crack squad of TV fanatics at Digital Spy have already started hunting down shows to fill a Heisenberg-shaped hole.
Here are our five best tips for recovering from the Breaking Bad blues.
Terrible name. Incredible show. Peaky Blinders is the most ambitious drama on British television at the moment and, in this writer's opinion, the best. Based around Tommy Shelby, played by the »
(Cbr) The first Season 2 poster for "Hannibal" has debuted, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, featuring the murderous mastermind Hannibal Lecter dressed to the nines as usual — but his charcoal-black skin and antlers reveal a fresh new look for the character. “After a horrifying descent into madness in season 1, this image ironically represents the perspective of a scrappier, clearer-minded Will Graham in season 2,” says showrunner and executive producer Bryan Fuller of the disturbing new image. “The scales have fallen from his eyes and he finally sees Hannibal Lecter for the monster he is.” Graham and viewers alike will get »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Mads Mikkelsen's cultured serial killer Hannibal Lecter is set to return to TV screens next year, and Entertainment Weekly has kicked off the promotion for the second season of Hannibal by releasing the first poster...
"After a horrifying descent into madness in season one, this image ironically represents the perspective of a scrappier, clearer-minded Will Graham in season two," says creator Bryan Fuller, referring to the demonic vision of Hannibal as a cannibalistic Wendigo. "The scales have fallen from his eyes and he finally sees Hannibal Lecter for the monster he is."
- Gary Collinson
Though there's seven weeks to go, the just released advanced tickets for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are being snapped up like hotcakes.
Ticket sales for the film represented 70% of sales on Tuesday on Fandango and is outpacing the company's presales of all previous wide releases this far out before a release date. The film represented 54% of sales on fellow ticketing service Movietickets.com.
There's also three new photos from the film up at EW. [Source: THR]
"The Devil's Double" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" star Dominic Cooper is the latest name rumored for the title role in the Freddie Mercury biopic scripted by Peter Morgan. [Source: Latino Review]
Sneak preview screenings of Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" are set to take place this Saturday (Oct 5th) in over 800 theaters around the country, several days ahead of its official Oct 11th release.
Tom Hanks stars in »
- Garth Franklin
Odd List Shiromi Arserio 3 Oct 2013 - 07:00
Shiromi talks us through ten of the least expected sci-fi crossovers in the geek TV world...
Who would win in a fight? The crew of Babylon 5 or the crew of Deep Space Nine? While often reserved for the realm of fan fiction, two established franchises crossing over does happen from time to time. Typically you'll see this when the properties are owned by the same company, like Superman meeting Batman. While other times it's an intentional crossover of two very different properties like Star Trek characters crossing over into the X-Men universe. Yes, you read that right.
This list is devoted to the top franchise crossovers. I've tried to steer clear from shows that obviously exist in the same universe, like Tng characters showing up on DS9, or Buffy appearing on Angel, and instead focus on crossovers from separate franchises. Some of »
Serial killer and/or crime investigation dramas are far from being in short supply on TV nowadays, yet NBC’s Hannibal has little to no trouble standing out from the rest of the crowd (The Following, Criminal Minds, etc.).
Showrunner Bryan Fuller’s take on the life and times of Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter – drawing from the novel Red Dragon written by Thomas Harris – uses David Lynch-ian nightmare logic in its storytelling. This not only allows the series to restore a genuine sense of pain and trauma back into onscreen deaths (even for a desensitized modern audience that’s grown accustomed to seeing nasty murders on TV) – it also lets Hannibal avoid ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
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