Hannibal Renewed After International Appeal

Hannibal has been renewed by NBC for a third season as it had been on the fence for a pickup, but its hardcore fanbase and international appeal put Hannibal over the top.

NBC noted that the edgy show derived from the “Silence of the Lambs” franchise is the youngest-skewing 10 p.m. drama on NBC, ABC or CBS.

“Hannibal” is also a good bargain for NBC as it is produced by Gaumont Intl. TV and Sony Pictures TV Networks with financing from overseas outlets that allows NBC to pays more modest license fee than a typical U.S.-produced drama. The cost issue was not the only factor in securing the renewal of the series, created and exec produced by Bryan Fuller, but it didn’t hurt.

Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy topline “Hannibal.”

On Friday’s episode, Will (Hugh Dancy) remained under suspicion, particularly by Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas), after the “body” of Freddie Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki) was found charred after taking a ride in a flaming wheelchair. But when Alana pushed the issue too hard with Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), he was forced to show Alana the truth: Freddie is alive and well, and Jack and Will have been working together to trap Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).

And it seems to be working. After Will and Hannibal delight in Will’s newfound killer instinct (during a disturbingly bone-crunching dinner), Hannibal begins to let down his guard and even admits to his role in Abigail Hobbs’ murder. However, Hannibal is still playing puppet master in other areas of Will’s life. After learning that Margot (Katharine Isabelle) is pregnant with Will’s baby, Hannibal manipulates Margot’s brother Mason (Michael Pitt) to take despicable action, which ends with Margot losing the child.

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