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'Hannibal' Paleyfest panel: 10 delicious tidbits

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All week long, the Paley Center for Media has been hosting PaleyFest New York, its annual East Coast TV extravaganza celebrating a number of notable shows. Its penultimate night featured a panel celebrating an EW reader favorite: the beautiful, macabre psychological thriller Hannibal.

The panel included showrunner Bryan Fuller, as well as cast members Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and Caroline Dhavernas. Amid plenty of jokes directed at both each other and the audience, the Hannibal panel spoke pretty openly about the show and what’s in store for next season. Here’s what we learned. READ FULL STORY

From 'Doctor Who' to 'The Leftovers,' TV tries to regenerate the hero

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The corrupt cop. The principled drug pusher. The avenging serial killer. The vengeful peacekeeper. The romantic vampire. The heartless doctor. Television has been rotten with ironic or immoral protagonists for most of the new century, though the drama they’ve produced has often been golden.

But a marketplace correction appears to be underway. Grinchy detective Sherlock grew a heart in his latest series of films. Arrow gave up the killer vigilante for role-model vigilante. The new Doctor Who regenerated into an older and wiser Time Lord and declared, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. It’s time I did something about it”—a line that also pretty much summarizes Don Draper’s arc during the first half of Mad Men’s final season, too. Sleepy Hollow—in which the dynamic duo of Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills sacrifice self-interest to save the world from America’s historical and supernatural demons—made chivalry and redemption sexy again. After the glut of rakes and wretches, narcissists and nihilists, there is ruefulness and rehumanization. An era of anti-heroes has surrendered—for the moment, at least—to atonement. READ FULL STORY

'Hannibal' wins the Best Drama EWwy, creator Bryan Fuller thanks fans

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It was a decisive win for NBC’s Hannibal, earning the title of Best Drama Series in the 2014 EWwys—EW.com’s 7th annual awards for the Emmy-snubbed—with roughly 40 percent of the vote.

“We are in such a wonderful age where fans now have a face thanks to social media, and they have rallied around Hannibal with a Fannibal circle of protection, and love, and light,” creator Bryan Fuller told EW Radio while accepting the honor. “So grateful for them supporting the cannibal in every way that they do.”

As Fuller shared at Comic-Con, the season 3 premiere may feel like a pilot for a new show starring Mads Mikkelsen and Gillian Anderson as “a murder couple.” The action will jump ahead roughly eight months, with Fuller earmarking the season’s fourth episode to reveal everything that happened during that time span.

He also noted that unlike Best Actress in a Comedy winner Emmy Rossum (Shameless), who said she’d be placing her EWwy trophy on the back of the toilet in her guest bathroom, his will go over his headboard. READ FULL STORY

'Hannibal' creator Bryan Fuller: Expect 'mayhem' in season 3

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As creator Bryan Fuller puts it, the last season of Hannibal “ended with everybody bleeding, and Hannibal dropping the mic and walking out,” but the next season is about to get even more intense. At EW‘s Comic-Con hideout, Fuller offered some hints about the next season, including clues as to how the series will incorporate Hannibal and Dr. Du Maurier back to the rest of the characters, and talked about the various Alien collectibles he’d like to pick up in San Diego. The big prize? Sigourney Weaver, who Fuller admitted he’d love to sign for a spot on the show. READ FULL STORY

'Hannibal' new blooper reel plus season 3 scoop

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The most deadly serious drama on TV once again has a funny gag reel: Below, EW has the exclusive outtakes from season 2 of NBC’s acclaimed thriller, PLUS details about the season 2 DVD release, PLUS season 3 scoop from the show’s Comic-Con panel.

First, the gag reel: The scenes include dancing in the morgue, Mads Mikkelsen forgetting how to tie his tie, Gillian Anderson losing her microphone down her shirt, and plenty of crack-ups during the show’s signature terse dining scenes. The clip (which was briefly leaked online earlier this year) is part of Hannibal‘s season 2 home video package, which we can reveal will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on Sept. 16. The disc packages will feature audio commentary with cast and crew on select episodes, a feature-length documentary on the making of episode 205, deleted scenes, and more.

Check out the gag reel below—which is a cut-down of the longer DVD version—which just played at Hannibal‘s Comic-Con panel. As you’ll see, Hannibal is so creepy that even when the cast is messing around, it’s still kinda creepy. READ FULL STORY

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

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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.

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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.
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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.’”

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NBC station drops 'Hannibal'

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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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