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News Briefs: NBC Finds Its Hannibal Lead

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CASTING NEWS

... One of the only still-open roles fall 2012-2013 season just got closed. NBC's Hannibal has cast Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as man-eating criminal intellectual Hannibal Lecter. Mikkelsen played a bad guy in the James Bond film Casino Royale and recently won a huge acting award in Europe (read: non-Oscar) for The Hunt. Hannibal will be set before Silence of the Lambs and comes from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller. [EW]

... CSI's Eric Szmanda isn't going anywhere. The actor, who plays Greg Sanders on the CBS procedural, has signed a new deal to stay on through the upcoming thirteenth season. He's been with the show since its inception, but still doesn't know what CSI stands for, for some reason. [THR]

... And now for your daily dose of singing-show news! The CW's upcoming crooning competition, now called The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep, will feature guest mentors Nelly and Joe Jonas. They join Gloria Estefan and John Rich as four people who will be unemployed shortly after this show debuts. [CW via press release]


JUST PLAIN SAD NEWS

... Desperate Housewives actress Kathryn Joosten passed away over the weekend at the age of 72. Joosten played the character of Karen McCluskey, who died in the show's series finale. She won two Emmys for the role, and was also known for playing Mrs. Landingham on The West Wing. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... Game of Thrones finished its second season last night on a high note: Not only did I frickin' love the finale, but the show drew its biggest audience ever. 4.2 million people watched the 9pm airing, a big jump from Season 1's finale audience of 3 million. Guys, I think this show might be a hit or something! [TV Line]

... Some company is going to colonize Mars, the planet, and will film the process for a reality show. This isn't going to happen until 2023, though, so most of us will have been killed in the Great Spoiled Twinkies Plague of 2017. [Daily Mail]

... MTV is planning on developing a television series based on the film franchise Scream. And only a decade late! [TV Line]


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