Dr. Jeckyl didn’t work out at 10 p.m. Thursdays for NBC- so now they’re turning to Dr. Lecter.
Hannibal, the latest incarnation of the durable Hannibal Lecter franchise, will debut on NBC- in the old Hill Street Blues/L.A. Law/ER timeslot- in April, and the first teaser was shown over the weekend during Saturday Night Live:
The series comes from show runner Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls), and stars the appropriately named Mads Mikkelsen as the flesh-eating psychiatrist and Hugh Dancy as an FBI profiler and his primary antagonist.
The Lecter character was created by novelist Thomas Harris and was most famously played by Anthony Hopkins, who won an Oscar for the 1991 Best Picture winner “Silence of the Lambs.” Hopkins returned in a pair of lackluster sequels (“Hannibal,” “Red Dragon”); in recent years there has also been a 2007 prequel film ( called “Hannibal Rising”) in which French actor Gaspard Ulliel played Lecter. And in 1986’s “Manhunter,” Brian Cox played Lecter.
Hannibal debuts April 4, where it will replace the quickly-cancelled Do No Harm.