NBC Renews ‘Hannibal’ For Second Season

NBC Renews 'Hannibal' For Second Season

NBC has ordered a 13-episode second season of its Bryan Fuller-created drama “Hannibal,” the network announced Thursday.

Though it has struggled in the ratings on Thursday nights, where last week it did a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and about 2.7 million viewers overall, it has been an especially strong performer in DVR playback. Also, with a median age of 45.6, it is the youngest-skewing drama on ABC, CBS or NBC.

“We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said. “There are many great stories still to be told.”

Fuller has said that the second season of “Hannibal” would focus on the increasingly strained relationship between Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). The show would be available to NBC at midseason since the net has already locked in its fall schedule.

In addition to Fuller, Martha De Laurentiis, Stephen Lightfoot, Katie O’Connell, Elisa Roth, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee also serve as executive producers.

“Hannibal” is from Gaumont International Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks. The series is also produced by Dino De Laurentiis Company and Living Dead Guy Productions.


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  1. Ethan says:

    This is easily my favorite drama on television right now. It’s beautifully written, beautifully shot and acted. Laurence Fishburne is as great as ever and Hugh Dancy has been a really pleasant surprise…they didn’t cast him just because he’s good-looking, he’s making a very complex and very unusual character really sympathetic and believable. Mads Mikkelsen’s take on Dr. Lecter is fascinating to watch, erudite and…subtly cold. We’ll see how the critical gods smile on him in the long run, but if anyone was gonna give Sir Hopkins a run for his money… This is an incredibly odd show, downright creepy, but lush and vivid on every level. There are all sorts of ways it shouldn’t work, and yet it really, really does. Anyway…very glad to hear we’ll get at least thirteen more stunning hours of television out of this team. I hope NBC’s marketing department figures out a way to keep this thing on the air beyond that.

  2. Mark Isenberg says:

    This is a very dark,disturbing show and it requires patience and a strong stomach.But,it has a major talent in Mads as Hannibal so given how challenged NBC is to promote anything beyond the Voice,American’s Got Talent type reality shows,it is good that it gets another season to seek more viewers. NBC had a major problem promoting Medium some years ago and it did little with the Kathy Bates show produced by David E. Kelley. The only exception has been Grimm moved to Tuesdays from Fridays.

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