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Hannibal renewed for second season by NBC


Story by Jack Foley

AFTER weeks of uncertainty, NBC has renewed Hannibal for a second season.

The network announced on Thursday that the critically-acclaimed show will return for a 13-episode sophomore run.

Created by Bryan Fuller, Hannibal serves as a prequel of sorts to Thomas Harris’s novel Red Dragon and chronicles the early relationship between infamous cannibal Dr Hannibal Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelsen) and criminal profiler Will Graham (played by British actor Hugh Dancy).

Although it has struggled in the ratings on Thursday nights in the US, the show has proven to be an especially strong performer in DVR playback. It is also a critical darling with many lining up to praise the show and its performances for bringing something new and intelligent to the serial killer genre.

NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said: “We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling. There are many great stories still to be told.”

Fuller has also stated that the second season will focus on the strained relationship between Dr Lecter and Graham.

Hannibal airs on Sky Living in the UK.

Read our verdict on the first episode

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