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News Briefs: NBC Orders Hannibal Straight to Series

PILOT PICKUP ALERT

... NBC has ordered a pilot for... wait, screw that, this is NBC! NBC has picked up Hannibal straight to series! BOOM! Take that, proven television show-development tradition! The drama comes from Pushing Daisies (and Wonderfalls!) creator Bryan Fuller and features the popular characters FBI agent Will Graham and people-eater Hannibal Lecter in a contemporary setting. NBC has agreed to a 13-episode commitment even though the series hasn't yet been cast or shot a single frame. It's actually not as big of a gamble as you'd think, as it's one of those "share the costs" deals with Gaumont International Television. But still. Do we need MORE Hannibal in our lives? And does NBC have to revive a known brand every single season? [Deadline Hollywood]


SMALL SHOWS NEED LOVE TOO

... Comedy Central has ordered a second season of new comedy sketch show Key & Peele after just two episodes. I've heard good things about the program, but haven't seen more than three very okay minutes. Is it worth watching? [Deadline Hollywood]

.. truTV has renewed Hardcore Pawn for a sixth season and ordered more episodes of Lizard Lick Towing. The network has also ordered the spin-off Hardcore Pawn: Fort Bragg. Why do all these shows sounds like XXX movies? [TV By the Numbers]

... Discovery Channel has ordered a show called Machines of Glory. Hole. Hee hee. But seriously, it's about dudes in hard hats operating some heavy equipment and competing against each other. [TV Guide]


CASTING ROUNDUP

... Jonny Lee Miller, who is a fine actor, is heading to CBS to play a contemporary Sherlock Holmes in the pilot Elementary. He's Trainspotting's Sickboy! How can you not like him? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Chuck's Zachary Levi didn't stay unemployed for long. Just days after his NBC series ended, Levi has signed on to play the lead in the Fox sitcom Let It Go. He'll play a husband on a show that doesn't appear to be about much. Here's the description: "[Let It Go is an ensemble comedy about a married couple, the husband played by Levi, his best friend and her sister as they try to navigate, negotiate, and sometimes manipulate society’s unspoken rules." Let me know if you figure that out. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Community has booked "I'm a PC" guy John Hodgman for a guest role this season. It's secret, though, so no details yet. [THR]

... Closer vet J.K. Simmons has joined ABC's comedy pilot White Man Van. Simmons will play the father who gives up his handyman business to his son (Kyle Bornheimer). [Deadline Hollywood]


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I'll check out the new Sherlock and Hannibal Lector shows...hopefully they turn out decent!!
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NBC could use another comedy.
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Key & Peele's first episode was pretty decent for what it was, the second was a little cheaper but ok. I haven't watched last night's 3rd episode yet. I think CC should probably have waited a little longer to see if they could continue being creative or not, because they have ideas but they also get sucked into monotone cheaper stereotype gimmicks quickly - what would one expect from Mad TV alums?



Poor Zach Levi, he's got a Fox sitcom, that's like a death sentence.



I like Community and I like John Hodgman, so I like that news twice!
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Darn! I was hoping Hannibal would be about the one who crossed the Alps with elephants.
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If it was anybody else, I'd say it'll probably be bad, but I have faith in Bryan Fuller. Whatever happened to his "Munsters" project, though?
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Ehm, who is going to play Hannibal Lecter?If it's gonna be Sir Anthony Hopkins it would own
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Any Community news is good news!! :)
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Except for cancellation... anything but that.
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Hannibal for TV? Not liking the idea. But that's because adaptations of previous great works usually tend to be crap. And that's such a massive let-down. I haven't read the books, but at least Silence of the Lambs (the movie) was pretty awesome. And seeing the legacy of it being pissed on by a TV show, and NBC of all networks, is such a shame. I'm not saying that the show will be crap, but the likelihood for that is massive. For it to work it would have to be on cable, not NBC.
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Ugh, NBC this is one of the reasons you are doing so badly! Try to be original, start with some fresh ideas and develop them, like: Smash and Awake. Besides, haven't we had enough of Hannibal? Since it's not going to be on cable, the tone will be watered down.... and no Anthony Hopkins!
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Keygan and Jordan were the best parts about the last years of Mad TV, but this new show is anything but funny. I don't know Comedy Central's record for renewals, but I think most shows get a go, especially when production costs are low. All I know is for a show that hi on racial humor, black people I know are not impressed.
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The little tidbit of Community news > all other news in this article.
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I think Hannibal has some potential. As discribed roughly in the books, it's about the time Hannibal helping the FBI with other serial killer cases at the same time killing and eating in secret. If it's well casted AND the tone is different from Dexter (more serious and dark) it might work pretty well.

But with Bacon's Kevin hunting serial killers hunting innocents it might be an ... wait ... OVERKILL
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Generic sitcoms have an advantage and a disadvantage.



On one hand, having a "hook" or something can cause the sitcom to lose interest after 1-2 seasons. The hook is no longer that interesting or fresh, or it gets over-played.



On the other hand, having no "hook" makes it possible for it to get lost in the white noise that is sitcom TV. Nothing to distinguish it from, say, Modern Family or whatever.





Seinfeld didn't really have a hook, it was a show about nothing. It did great, but that doesn't mean anyone following the same formula will have the same results.
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Hey Fuller, screw adapting one of the worst movie franchises in history (yes, I said it). Bring back Pushing Daisies. Like NOW! :) And Johnny Lee Miller in something new finally? Works for me! And to all the people whining about a Sherlock "re-make", maybe if the Brits weren't so lazy and had more ambition to make more than 3-6 episodes a year, then the US wouldn't feel the need to remake so much of their stuff. 3 Episodes a year? At that point it's called a movie. 12-13 episodes a season is a perfect number. FX proves that all the time.
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Things are looking up for community even though it aint on the air at the moment! This should have been the lead story. The other stuff was just page fillers. Johnny lee who????????
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Community news! Come back soon Community, I miss you.



Key and Peele is pretty decent. I laughed out loud at a couple of sketches, the ancestry.com rip off where every black person was related to Thomas Jefferson, well, that was funny. There wre a few other ones too.



If you think those sound like x-rated shows, watched Gold Rush. All they do is talk about the glory hole (not kidding) and its so much funnier with their straight faces. Guess I could never mine for gold. I'm too immature. The second he started in on the glory hole, I would giggle and miss all the important information.
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I agree that Hannibal will be a watered down for network television version of Dexter. Although having Bryan Fuller attached makes me curious.



We already have an American version of Sherlock Holmes. it's called House.
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I have no interest at all in Hannibal. It's likely to just be a copy of Dexter (which I have no interest in either).



Elementary sounds like a US copy of Sherlock.

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Community! This made my morning.
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I like the idea of Hannibal but I believe NBC will ruin it. It should air in FX or HBO.
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yeah I'm sorry but without being able to show some sort of gore....the show won't succeed
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none of this interests me except maybe Zach Levi and the Community casting, but not even that much really
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I thought NBC was getting smart and not making the same stupid mistakes. This show is not a network tv show. It might not even be a tv show at all. Poor NBC, guess you never learn.
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They need to do what Ford did and clean house at the top. Then maybe they could start making wiser decisions..
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Booo NBC. Another TERRIBLE call. That movie is filthy and shouldn't be allowed to poison the minds of people through a TV series. There's enough garbage out there as it is!



Yay for Zachary Levi! Although it's gonna be very difficult adjusting to him as someone other than Chuck! :O
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Not only is he Sick Boy but he's Zero Cool/Crash Override!
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Any news about community is always awesome.
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J.K. Simmons!!!
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News from NBC???? Oh wait....N.o B.ody C.ares!!



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It's ridiculous for there to be another modern take on Sherlock Holmes. "Sherlock" with Benedict Cumberbatch is absolutely brilliant. Why revisit the same idea?? The only reason I can think of is that they want to cater to the American audience. Since "Sherlock" has only 3 new episodes every year, this new show might actually work. But seriously, are they running out of ideas for good shows?? A second remake of a remake makes it look desperate. Kind of like releasing another Spiderman movie. How many Peter Parkers will we have by 2020?
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If Miller plays it with an American accent, as he did in Eli Stone, to "Americanize" it, then we'll really have a new level of network stupidity. I do think CBS will be smarter than the other networks would be on that though. Still, a bad, copy-cat move.



I think CBS once had a show starring Margaret Colin called The Return of Sherlock Holmes where she plays Watson's descendent who revives Sherlock from a cryogenic freezer. Maybe it will be better than that?
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The Return of Sherlock Homes never made it past pilot, which was aired as a movie, so it never made it to series.
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Sherlock has to be 3 episodes. The quality would be seriously lowered if it was more. But to answer your question. Yes, yes they have run out of original ideas for shows. And I see at least 3 more Peter Parkers before 2020. I still vote that one should be Donald Glover.
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Community news! YAY!!! #sixseasonsandamovie



Hannibal.... I almost fell asleep just reading the news. Zzzzzzzz.....



Jonny Lee Miller from Eli Stone?? Um, pass.....
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Will Levi/Chuck be the same whiney guy he turned into on Chuck?
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Hannibal...... wasn't the last prequel movie bad enough. NBC where unoriginal stories go and eventually die. .





Key and Peele is all right. Though it is about even one for one with sketches that are good and not that good. However, it is the closest thing we are going to get to The Chappelle Show. So you might as well like it.





And count Elementary as a show I will never ever watch. Jonny Lee Miller? No! Hell NO! At least try CBS. Try to even be 1/10 as good as Sherlock is. Try. Dammit!



Zach Levi can do better. But at least he is out from under the Crap Umbrella that is NBC.
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The idea of Hannibal coming to TV isn't great, but Bryan Fuller is. So hooray.



The idea of Sherlock Holmes coming to U.S. TV isn't great, but Jonny Lee Miller is. So hooray.



The Zach Levi sitcom sounds boring, but sitcoms usually do.
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so hooray?
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I'm torn: on the one hand Bryan Fuller and on the other hand NBC and Hannibal. I guess I'll marathon all 13 on Netflix when its cancelled if it turns out good.



And uh, there's already a contemporary Sherlock Holmes starring Benedict Cumberbatch. That's so unnecessary.



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The BBC Sherlock was also unnecessary, but it was good, so it gets a pass. Why not give the new one a chance, especially since both series of Sherlock add up to less than half of a US cable TV season?
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I dunno, I kind feel like there should be a respectful wait. There's like, what 3 Sherlocks now? Two of them are contemporary TV Sherlocks? Two of them are Sherlocks in the American market? It's double redundant. I also thought it was tacky to release a Superman movie while Smallville was still on and to start work on a new Spiderman trilogy immediately after the last one ended. Is it too obvious to say Hollywood lacks class?
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What about remaking Death at a Funeral right after the British Film was released? I agree, Hollywood lacks class... and so much more.
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