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NBC says 'Hannibal' season 3 is great, wonders why you're not watching

NBC is excited about the third season of Hannibal. They just wish you were, too.

At the network’s Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt addressed the dilemma the network faces about its critically acclaimed horror darling and the ratings challenge it faces in its Friday night timeslot.

Hannibal is…one of the best shows we have creatively, and it’s one of the best-reviewed shows this network has had since I’ve been here. We still struggle to find an audience for it,” Greenblatt told critics. “It’s great, we’re keeping it going, we keep trying to build the audience, but if this were on a cable network, the small audience wouldn’t matter and it would be deemed more successful than it is on our network.” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: 'Orphan Black' creators promise new bad guys and new clones

We already made the big reveal last week that about a new clone named Jennifer Fitzsimmons being introduced on season 2 of Orphan Black, but the creators of the show — Graeme Manson and John Fawcett — may not be stopping there. The duo called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105), and when asked whether there may be even more clones introduced in season 2, they indicated that there indeed could be hope for additional sightings. “If one were going to go fishing for a new clone in our pond,” says Manson, “you might have a chance of catching another.” READ FULL STORY

'Hannibal' scoop: 7 reasons season 2 is delish


If you found season 1 appetizing, you’re going to gobble up season 2. We recently got to sit in the Hannibal writers room and heard plenty of major upcoming spoilers that we will not reveal. Let’s just say that Bryan Fuller’s devious plan for the second course of NBC’s Hannibal is very intriguing and has plenty of shocking moments. So without giving away anything major, here are seven basic components that you will largely learn at the start of season 2 of the boldest and most creative crime drama on broadcast (spoiler alert, obviously — if you want to know nothing about the season, simply stop reading): READ FULL STORY

'Hannibal' Exclusive: Bryan Fuller whets appetite for season 2 with teaser

Now that’s a Halloween costume.

NBC’s sophisticated, slick, and often quite sick Hannibal will return in 2014 to serve a second course of horror and human hors d’oeuvres. To get fans psyched for the further adventures of the titular frightful foodie (Mads Mikkelsen) and tormented FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Hannibal mastermind Bryan Fuller offers the image above to get you in the right headspace.


NBC's 'Hannibal': The gag reel! -- EXCLUSIVE

The rule of thumb is: The more serious the project, the funnier the gag reel. And you can’t get much more deadly serious than NBC’s stylishly Kubrickian thriller Hannibal, which impressed fans and established a passionate fan base last season. Below is a couple minutes from the show’s gag reel that just screened at the show’s Comic-Con panel.

Bonus! We also have the details on Hannibal‘s home video release: Season 1 will launch Sept. 24. In addition to the 12 episodes that aired on NBC, the DVD includes the full version of an episode pulled from the schedule in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting. Full features are listed below the clip.

Now here’s Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Hugh Dancy having fun behind the scenes of Hannibal: READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' sets another piracy record

Game of Thrones was the must-watch show of the season — and it has the illegal-download numbers to prove it.

According to TorrentFreak, the HBO fantasy series’ third season is the most-pirated show of spring 2013, with 5.2 million downloads. The Big Bang Theory lands at No. 2 with 2.9 million, followed by How I Met Your Mother (2.85 million), The Walking Dead (2.7 million) and rookie series Hannibal (2.1 million).

This is just the latest piracy record set by GoT, which was named the most illegally downloaded TV series of 2012. When EW spoke with HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in March, he saw the dubious record as somewhat of an honor.

Lara Jean Chorostecki teases her return on 'Hannibal': 'Freddie isn't just a foil'

Freddie Lounds may be a tabloid journalist more interested in a story than morals, but make no mistake: She is also a sociopath, playing on the same field as Hannibal’s widening bench of crazies. “I think it’s a really interesting character to see on TV: a female sociopath. We don’t often see that,” says Lara Jean Chorostecki, who plays the fiery-haired reporter.

Thus far on the series, we’ve seen Freddie actively interfere with the FBI’s hunt for killers. We’ve also seen her confront other characters with hard truths. That ambiguous balance — who and what concerns her, as with Kacey Rohl’s Abigail, who is suspected of being complicit in her father’s serial killing — continues throughout the rest of the first season, as more of the character’s “complex layers” are revealed: “Freddie isn’t just a foil, as would be so easy to dismiss her,” Chorostecki says.

Fans of Thomas Harris’ novels, upon which Hannibal is based, will remember that Freddie is actually Freddy — she is a he. But the pronoun flip is more than skin-deep. As Chorostecki tells it, creator Bryan Fuller came to her after she was cast with a specific visual inspiration. “[He] said to me, ‘Do you know of Rebekah Brooks?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I do, I’ve heard of her, of course.’ And he said, ‘Well here’s a picture. This is what we’re modeling you on.’”


NBC station drops 'Hannibal'


An NBC affiliate is killing off Hannibal.

Utah’s Salt Lake City station KSL TV posted on their Facebook page that it will no longer air the ratings-challenged freshman drama. “After viewing the past few episodes, as well as receiving numerous complaints from viewers, KSL TV will cancel the airing of the NBC show Hannibal on Thursday evenings,” the station posted. “This decision was made due to the extensive graphic nature of this show. The time slot will be replaced with a special edition of KSL 5 News at 9 p.m. NBC remains a valued partner to KSL TV. KSL is confident that with the proliferation of digital media, those who wish to view the program can easily do so.”

Sources say Hannibal will find a way into the market via the local CW affiliate. “We’re going across the street, as they say,” a source said.

NBC had no comment. The broadcast network, along with showrunner Bryan Fuller, previously decided to pull one of the episodes nationwide due to the hour containing disturbing subject matter in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. NBC then offered the episode online.

KSL is owned by the Church of Latter Day Saints and has a history of refusing to air NBC programming that it finds objectionable. Previously the station refused to run the vaguely risque short-lived drama The Playboy Club and tolerance-endorsing comedy The New Normal.

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'Hannibal': Unaired episode is now available on iTunes

Having an old friend for dinner tonight? Consider this an appetizer: The fourth episode of Hannibal, which was pulled by NBC due to its especially gruesome storyline, is now available to view in its entirety. Series creator Bryan Fuller broke the news on his Twitter account today:


Pulled 'Hannibal' episode to get release as a web series

NBC pulled this week’s episode of Hannibal due to its particularly grisly subject matter, but the episode has managed to survive the chopping block, in a way. It has been repackaged for web series presentation on

Called “Ceuf,” the episode, which would have been the series’ fourth, was pulled when executive producer Bryan Fuller contacted the network in early April with concerns about the children killing children storyline in the episode, which was filmed before last December’s tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The web series will feature “Ceuf” in its entirety with the exception of some sensitive images, NBC tells EW. READ FULL STORY

Gillian Anderson on 'Hannibal' first look photo

Even shrinks need shrinks. Especially Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Below is an exclusive first photo of former X-Files star Gillian Anderson’s return to TV as a therapist who doesn’t realize her patient is a cannibal serial killer. But will she make him less lethal or simply become his afternoon snack?

Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. Anderson makes her debut in the thriller later this season. Here’s your first look photo: READ FULL STORY

'Glee' ratings rise for school violence episode


Thursday night’s controversy-generating episode of Glee showed improvement in the ratings.

Fox’s musical dramedy jumped 20 percent among adults 18-49 for an episode that dealt with a shooting at the school. Glee delivered 6.8 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the demo, climbing from its last original episode three weeks ago. Lead-in American Idol was up too — rising 11 percent — continuing the recovery trend we noted yesterday. Idol is only up 7 percent compared to the last week that Glee had an original episode, in case you’re wondering if Glee‘s rise is entirely due to the reality show’s ups and downs. But ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and CBS’ Person of Interest airing repeats probably helped.

The Glee episode, titled “Shooting Star,” is drawing criticism from parents impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting last December.

Now let’s talk about the ratings for Hannibal‘s second episode.

Unlike last week’s premiere against original episodes of ABC’s Scandal and CBS’ Elementary at 10 p.m., Thursday’s Hannibal merely faced repeats of those shows. Because of that factor, and because Hannibal‘s premiere rating was so spectacularly borderline, and because ratings almost always dip for a drama’s second episode, last week I wrote that if the numbers go down that Hannibal was basically finished. But if the ratings went up this week it was promising sign. Naturally, Hannibal decided to confound easy analysis — the episode remained perfectly steady with a 1.6 in the demo. READ FULL STORY

NBC to serve 'Hannibal' pilot repeat

After Thursday’s just-slightly-better-than-what-NBC-may-have-expected premiere, the network is serving up a repeat of Hannibal.

NBC will re-air the serial killer thriller pilot in the Chicago Fire slot on Wednesday night at 10 p.m.

Hannibal premiered to only about 4.3 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 last week. But that was better than its special Go On lead-in and better than what NBC has been delivering in that slot for a year. Starting at that level, against tough competition on Thursday night, the odds are stacked against Hannibal building in the coming weeks, but it has happened before — Chicago Fire proved NBC can grow a number at 10 p.m. earlier this season.

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