The most interesting serial killer on TV (and it’s a crowded field this year) is coming back for another 13 episodes as NBC signs off on a second season of “Hannibal.”
The series, which recounts the first meeting between troubled FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and erudite psychiatrist/secret cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) has been one of the best new entries in the 2013 TV season, offering a thorough dissection of its subject who’s become something of a broad cartoon character in his increasingly absurd cinematic outings.
With the help of a team of smart writers, “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller has been guiding “Hannibal” and its lead to some unexplored corners of the iconic killer’s psychology. Every episode exists as a series of prolonged interrogations between whatever characters are in the frame, laying bare their neuroses and quirks as they work alongside a sociopath who’s become adept at blending in. The curious friendship between Graham and Hannibal is one of the most intriguing on TV right now, and I’m almost dreading the point when Lecter will have to turn his knives on his patient/colleague.
Here’s NBC’s press release:
Through its eight original telecasts to date, “Hannibal” is averaging a 2.0 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall in “most current” results from Nielsen Media Research. ”Hannibal” is the youngest drama on ABC, CBS and NBC, with a median age for its audience of 45.7. It’s also an upscale drama, indexing at a 111 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 indicating an average concentration of those homes).
Additionally, “Hannibal” is heavily time-shifted, with its 18-49 rating growing by 75% going from next-day “live plus same day” ratings to “live plus seven day” results.In addition to Fuller, Martha De Laurentiis, Jesse Alexander, Chris Brancato, Sara Colleton, Katie O’Connell, Elisa Roth, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee also serve as executive producers.The series is produced by Gaumont International Television, Dino De Laurentiis Company and Living Dead Guy Productions, and co-commissioned internationally by Sony Pictures Television Networks.