Earlier this morning at the NBC TCA tour in Los Angeles, Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt and President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke took some time to address one highly anticipated new drama series that is still yet to be on their schedule, Hannibal.
With FOX debuting serial killer drama The Following right around the corner, it seems like the perfect time for NBC to be competitive with that kind of programming. Yet for some viewers (and some critics in the room), the fear is too much violence being depicted on television.
NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke deflected many of the worries by explaining that in their version of Hannibal, the show follows the character of Will Graham, who gets pulled into the world of crimes.
"He is the definition of a kind, gentle soul, a very sensitive guy," Salke said of Hugh Dancy's character.
Additionally, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said that while "there's a lot of violence around the show...you don't see a lot of acts of violence" within.
Hannibal focuses on Graham's unique way of thinking, which gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone– even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he's pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there's no villain they can't catch.
The result, therefore, should be more of a psychological mind game between the men, rather than overt or external physical acts of aggression.
Greenblatt said that Hannibal still "could" make it onto the NBC summer 2013 schedule, but that the official announcement was still to be determined.
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