News Briefs: NBC Finds Its Hannibal Lead

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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Mikkelsen's English is not that good, but with Bryan Fuller on board I still have faith in this show.
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Making Hannibal is a great idea! I'm sure Mikkelsen will make a great Lecter.
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Sad to see Kathryn Joosten go. She was a funny lady, and a hell of a character. She will be missed
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i hope this is a good one , i like this actor
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RIP Kathryn Joosten. You will be missed :(
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Mads Mikkelsen will be great in that role. I am surprised NBC gave it to him because that seems like a smart decision. But then again a broken clock is right twice a day.



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There might not be Twinkies by 2017 thanks to Hostess going into bankruptcy this year.
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Ha, Sanders stays. I almost feel like Greg and Nick have entirely gotten stuck in a rut on the show, it's been 12 years for both, Greg has moved up to CSI but then that's it, no promotions or anything, no significant others, no prospects to run their own teams, it's just the same thing for over a decade for each. Brass has gotten promotions and seems like a lifer, so it makes sense to keep him where it's at, but both Greg and Nick started fairly young and after becoming CSIs just stopped.
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Hey, it's the guy who hit 007 in the balls. That's what I'll be saying every time a promo with him comes up on NBC.

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In Denmark Mads Mikkelsen is a superstar in the same rate as Jim Carrey is in america, so it's just great news for a dane, let's hope it goes well.
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Mission to Mars? Count me in! If only. I wonder if there would be any hope for an English major to get in on this... Probably not. :c
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I wish MTV would consider picking up The Secret Circle.... it'd fit nice with Teen Wolf (and the Scream show, really) and it's not like there's no audience for it, eh?
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MTV is dead to me ever since they canceled Death Valley.
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If Scream is as awesome as Teen Wolf, it will be a new absolutely unexpected (from MTV) hit. Beforehand I would say "OMG, not again..." but after TW I hope for smth really cool. TW started a new era at MTV.
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Eh, I wish Fuller didn't work in reboots.
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Hannibal isn't a reboot.
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RIP Kathryn Joosten
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Good job Mads, looking forward to seeing you as Hannibal - you make me proud to be danish :)

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I love Greg, so I'm delighted that Eric Szmanda will be coming back for season 13!
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Leave it to MTV to cannibalize another movie franchise but I hope they realize that "Teen Wolf" is good because it is nothing like the movies.
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Hannibal: I can't believe they're still milking that cow.
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A Scream TV series? I question this highly, I adore all those films and I cannot see this going well.
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Yeah I started to feel a little bored with the concept of scream part way through the original scream movie. How a television should would work I can't imagine.
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Maybe they'll take a cue from "Teen Wolf" and the "Friday the 13th" series (from a long time ago) and make it nothing like the movie. The Friday the 13th series was about the owners of an antique store who had been tasked to track down and recover cursed objects that had been spread around. No Jason, no hockey mask (that I ever saw,) no psychotic mother, no Camp Crystal Lake, none of that. And it was a fun little show!
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Kathryn Joosten will be missed!!!! Loved her on DH, and her character on "The West Wing" was fabulous. From all the people I've talked to who worked with her, too, she seems to have been just great. A sad moment.



Hannibal Lector: The TV Show. Ugh. The ONLY reason I will shelve that opinion and give this an honest chance is that it comes from Bryan Fuller, creator of some pretty awesome stuff. But I'm betting the network screws him on this one (as has been done on his previous projects). Whatever happened to his "The Munsters"? That sits right there between drama and comedy where Fuller eats his dinner.
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