The cancellation of NBC’s Hannibal left us shocked, shocked (well, not that shocked), though given the climate of revivals and rescues, it seemed resoundingly likely the darkly delicious drama might find a new home. Now, series creator Bryan Fuller and producers are on the hunt for a new network, while long-standing rights issues with Clarice Starling may have impacted Season 4’s chances.
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The Network of Bad Choices may have today canceled Hannibal, but don’t you worry your pretty brains about Heroes Reborn! Elaborate prank or otherwise, the revived NBC series at least has a new teaser (absent any actual Heroes), as well as a firm September premiere date set by today’s announcements. So, where are all the Heroes, you ask?
For all its legions of fans and critical accolades, NBC’s Hannibal has always skated along ratings-wise, at least until now. Shooting, carving off and gnawing its own foot, NBC has officially opted not to renew Hannibal for a fourth season, effectively canceling the drama until another network - basically any network - decides to swoop in.
Acceptance, understanding, forgiveness…betrayal. These are necessary components in every relationship — they are not always pleasant and not always kind, but without them love is not capable of existing. Just as Will began to understand Hannibal’s twisted affection for him with last week’s bloody valentine, so does Will begin to understand his own affection for Hannibal this week. Just like any relationship, the results are exceedingly complex.
TV’s current revival trend has yet to produce anything so unexpected as NBC’s upcoming Coach revival, though where Hayden Fox goes, Dauber would predictably follow. Bill Fagerbakke has been confirmed for the new Coach series, with a possibility for Jerry Van Dyke to join as well.
It just wouldn’t be Comic-Con without further superheroes to toss into the mix, and NBC’s Heroes Reborn is happy to oblige, by way of … you know, still existing. The superhero drama will return to San Diego for Comic-Con 2015 after a number of years away, along with NBC’s Grimm.
NBC’s stab at Wizard of Oz nostalgia first hit a snag, as the network unexpectedly dropped a house on its proposed Emerald City plans, only to click its heels and resurrect the event series. Now, NBC has even chosen a Dorothy for its gritty reboot, tasking True Detective Season 2 star Adria Arjona to head over the rainbow.
Tonight’s episode of Hannibal is, essentially, a short film, one that functions as a gorgeous, somber mood piece — or a tone poem, as would be more to Hannibal Lecter’s high brow liking. Will Graham has emerged from the gruesome events of the Season 2 finale, alive but not unscathed, with myriad existential and logical questions that have but only one answer: Hannibal.
Incredulous though we remain that NBC’s Heroes Reborn could happen at all, at least some of the show’s past stars have firmly chosen to move on from such a dark time in history. We’ve heard of a bevy of returning Heroes castmates, but who from the original group has officially opted not to be Reborn?
We still don’t even have a proper trailer for NBC’s inexplicable Heroes Reborn revival, but once again the super-series has dug deep for an original series cameo. Cristine Rose will reprise her role as Angela Petrelli, though Milo Ventimiglia isn’t likely to join her, and a new leak offers at least some footage of our new Heroes.