Just when it looked bad for “Hannibal,” the character finds new life.
NBC has officially renewed its rookie drama series “Hannibal” for a second season, ordering 13 episodes of the show and finally providing relief to fans who had heard nothing on its future and worried that cancellation was coming after ratings slipped in recent weeks.
“We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “There are many great stories still to be told.”
The new season will air no earlier than midseason and stars Hugh Dancy as expert criminal profiler Will Dancy, who has a unique ability to peer into the mind of serial killers. Mads Mikkelsen stars as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist who is helping with the cases and, unbeknownst to Will, is also a serial killer himself. Laurence Fishburne stars as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit.