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NBC has finally set a premiere date for Hannibal. The show was picked up for a mid-season premiere, but was held back. It will now premiere in April in the same timeslot that has continued to give the network problems: Thursdays at 10 p.m.
Entertainment Weekly confirms that Hannibal will kick off on Thursday, April 4 at 10 p.m. The series stars Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Will Graham. Laurence Fishburne and X-Files’ Gillian Anderson co-star.
Hannibal is based on Thomas Harris’ novels, which have also inspired a successful movie franchise with Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal. Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller wrote and executive produces the series, notes USA Today.
The timeslot is an interesting choice for NBC, since it has been so problematic in the past. During the 2011-2012 TV season, three shows failed on Thursdays at 10 p.m. This season, Rock Center started in the slot, but Do No Harm replaced it when the newsmagazine was moved. Do No Harm was cancelled after two episodes, making the slot the only vacant spot for Hannibal. Between now and April, Law & Order: SVU episodes will air at that time.