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Is FX’s ‘Heartsick’ the Female Version of ‘Hannibal?’

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Oftentimes TV series can be unfairly compared to one another, much in the way that NBC’s ‘Smash‘ drew heavy comparison to FOX’s ‘Glee‘ solely on the basis of its singing, or the way ‘Parks and Recreation‘ was once unfairly compared to ‘The Office.’  Or…’Awake‘ to ‘Inception.’  Huh, all NBC.  In any case, FX’s latest development project is bound to draw comparison to another famous serial killer, but are the similarities written in blood?

Deadline has announced that among the other projects on their slate for development, FX has begun eying an adaptation of Chelsea Cain’s ‘Heartsick’ novels, including ‘Sweetheart’ and ‘Evil at Heart.’  Each of the three novels, which follow beautiful therapist-turned-series killer Gretchen Lowell and her relationship with damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan, made it to the New York Times bestseller list.

Obviously, a series with a female serial killer at the lead is bound to draw comparison to Showtime’s long-running serial killer drama ‘Dexter,’ though in truth the story may bear much more resemblance to the classic Hannibal Lecter / Clarice Starling dynamic of Thomas Harris’ work.  That may eventually put ‘Heartsick’ at odds with NBC’s full season-ordered ‘Hannibal‘ (sheesh, NBC again, really?) which updates the Lecter / Will Graham story for the modern day and takes place before Lecter’s incarceration, but time will tell which serial killer drama FX’s latest project winds up compared to.

Mikko Alanne (’5 Days Of War’) is set to write the series adaptation, while ‘Magic City‘ manager and producer Geyer Kosinski will executive produce.

What say you?  Does what you know of ‘Heartsick’ sound like it’d make for compelling TV?  Are the ‘Dexter,’ and/or ‘Silence of the Lambs’ comparisons too easy?  Which of the three shows do you think are most worth your time, ‘Dexter,’ ‘Hannibal,’ or ‘Heartsick?’  Give us your take in the comments below!

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