Chew on the First Trailer for NBC's Hannibal (VIDEO)

NBC has been pretty low-key in its promotion for Hannibal, a midseason drama from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller about the early days of Hannibal Lector and his consulting work with the FBI. But over the weekend the network launched a relative blitzkrieg of assets for the show, giving us our first look at the series.

That included the following trailer, a 30-second spot introducing us to our protagonist Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen), and Ziploc bags full of brains. Yum.

Do all NBC trailers look the same, or what? Is this Grimm No Harm? Anyway, the would-be tone of Hannibal has long been a question mark, with its gruesome material and the prone-to-whimsy Fuller on board, but this trailer makes it seem as though Hannibal will be some serious business. What's your take?


Hannibal premieres Thursday, April 4 at 10pm.



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im gonna watch the shit out of the premier episode...! u can count on it..
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Just so we are clear on this: The show has not been cancelled, but all the air times for the first season have been announced, which I think might have led to the confusion. Besides, personally I think the program is going to be of such high quality, that even if it's cancelled it could potentially find itself another distributor.
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It's already been canceled (?)
Damn! --'
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When I 1st heard about this puppy a while back, I had no interest. Some things are best left in movieland...but once I learned it was from Fuller, I can't help but wanna see it. I've always loved his brand of morbid
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I hope this show hits big. Really looking forward to it.
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Tried posting this once before for my fellow non-USA people but gotta trick the filter
youtube(DOT)com/watch?v=t973h4HfNHA
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Looks interesting but its already been canceled im not even going to try.
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if the words "hannibal" and "lecter" hadn't been used, i'd have no idea what this show is about.
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why bother... nbc will cancel it before season 1 ends
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I have been excited to see Mads Mikkelsen play Hannibal Lecter, i think he can bring so much to that role, in such a manner that it alone will be a reason to watch this series.
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*singing* In the year 2000, in the year 2000....
A show that only a handful of people watched called Hannibal gets cancelled by NBC.
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Thursdays @ 10 for NBC are basically the same as Thursday @ 8 for ABC now, and lord knows that's not a compliment
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Looks good to me!
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I have recently seen Mr Mikkelsens performances in A royal affair and The Hunt.
He is a very talented actor, and I am definitely going to see if this show allows his talent to flourish.
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I have been so excited for this show purely for more Fuller who has just been-for lack of a better term-raped by the television industry 3 times through (4 if you count Mockingbird Lane which SHOULD be on TV), so I also was underwhelmed when I finally saw this teaser.

But then I thought about it.

Fullers stuff doesn't really lend itself-his aesthetic I mean-to a broad, mainstream audience, like the folks who watch crappy CSI type dramas and bad procedurals. It's my belief that NBC wants this to succeed, and Bryan certainly deserves it, so they cut what the serious moments were into a teaser to make it appear like just another one of their procedurals to get people interested and in the seat when it airs. I have a good feeling the show will still be as Fulleresque as it should be, but this teaser is purely to sell it as something different. Lying to gain an audience? Yeah, kinda shitty, but hey, if it helps Fuller succeed at this point, I DON'T CARE ANYMORE.
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Raped? He's had multiple shows last for multiple years each. That's hardly being raped. Kyle Killen is someone who's been raped by the TV industry.
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Dead Like Me lasted 2 seasons and has never been given a concrete reason as to why it was canceled. Showtime even said "We don't know what happened", Pushing Daisies, also 2 seasons, was fucked by the STUPID writers guild that accomplished SO MUCH (ohgodtheirony) and Wonderfalls ran for 4 fucking episodes.

Kyle Killen is definitely one of the victims too, and I really wish Awake had lasted longer too. It's sad that TV is now denying quality outside of the rare show like Breaking Bad or something.
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No joy for NBC in our home, until they clean up the anti-American mess in their network and cable news divisions.
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Hahaha... just keep on watching Fox News then!
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Anti-American? Hunh?
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You are not kidding about that having the NBC look to it, wow.
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On my watch list for sure, gonna have an open mind about it. And it's Lecter, not Lector:)
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Wanna watch this, but I seriously can't take investing in another good show that gets cancelled too soon!
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Bryan Fuller doing a Smallville of Silence Of The Lambs.
Sad to see one of the few people who did innovative TV become another drone. :(
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NBC is always able to ruin anything. That being said, Mads Mikkelsen alone is a must-watch for me not to speak of the highly talented Bryan Fuller.
TA-TA!
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I'll watch anything with Mads Mikkelsen in it. He's a great actor, seems like a perfect choice for Lecter with that creepy face of his. Also anything Bryan Fuller makes is worth checking out IMHO. NBC should promote this a lot more if they want this to be a hit.
BTW Tim, it's Hannibal LECTER, not Lector.
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Well, they've only just given it a prem date, and that date is a month and a half away. There's plenty of time time for them to promote it.
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OMG Tim really wrote "Lector". Maybe he thinks the captain of the old Enterprise is Kerk, for him Superman is Clark Kant and he never watches Docter Who.
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There is no way this show will disappoint. I'm psyched and I can't even watch the trailer.
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I love Mads Mikkelsen, and Bryan Fuller so I'm excited for this
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