News Briefs: NBC Orders Hannibal Straight to Series


... 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]


... 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]


... 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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