I can’t decide whether I’m happy or furious — maybe both — over this weekend’s news. Late this past Friday afternoon as we were cracking open the first cold one, NBC announced our favorite serial killer returns to our living rooms, Thursday, June 4th. On the one hand, despite less than stellar ratings (up for the second season finale), the network continues renewing; on the other, they keep moving it around (often a death blow). From the wastelands of Friday nights to the summer desert, Hannibal is the kind of series that deserves better. I can’t think of anyone who’s watched (including critics) that hasn’t been completely bowled over; all Hannibal really needs is to grow its audience. Here, let me help: IF YOU AREN’T WATCHING HANNIBAL, WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU?
Seriously though, it’s good to finally have a premiere date, and few new promotional photos. Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal and Gillian Anderson’s Bedelia Du Maurier are simply the most gorgeous, stylish, warped pair to ever hit the streets of Florence (at least in the 2010s):
We’re going to die from pure beauty this season, y’all. This season’s cuisine-related titles are appropriately Italian, and include “Antipasto,
Primavera, Secondo” and “Digestivo.”
In addition to previously announced guest stars, Richard Armitage (Francis Dolarhyde aka The Tooth Fairy), Rutina Wesley (Reba McClane, Dolarhyde’s love interest), Tao Okamoto (Chiyoh), Nina Arianda (Molly Graham), Glenn Fleshler (Dr. Cordell Doemling) and Fortunato Cerlino (Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi), Bryan Fuller has invited another old friend for dinner:
Zachary Quinto will play one of Bedelia’s patients…perhaps that mysterious someone Hannibal coerced into (helped?) kill himself.
In semi-related news, Hannibal’s Thursday-night bedmate is a new David Duchovny-led series, featuring Gillian Anderson’s former X-Files partner as an LAPD detective. Aquarius revolves around events leading up to the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders orchestrated by Charles Manson (played by Game of Thrones’ Gethin Anthony, aka Renly Baratheon). The series premieres June 4th at 9:00 p.m., followed by Hannibal in the 10:00 p.m. slot (EST).