News Briefs: NBC Sets a Premiere Date for Bryan Fuller's Hannibal

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TIME TO STOCK UP ON CHIANTI NEWS

... NBC's woeful 2013 will get a boost on April 4 when Hannibal makes it debut. The drama comes from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and revisits the universe of Red Dragon, better known as the story that kicked off the legend of Hannibal Lecter. Hannibal slides into the 10pm slot left vacant by Do No Harm. [TV Line]


AXE HER COMEDY NEXT, PLEASE

... E! has canceled Whitney Cummings' talk show Love You, Mean It after three months. Don't worry, her NBC sitcom Whitney is doing fine. [THR]


LOTS OF AWESOME CASTING NEWS

... Minnie Driver has joined NBC's comedy pilot About a Boy. David Walton will star in the adaptation of the Nick Hornsby book as a man who forms a friendship with his pint-sized boy neighbor. Driver will play the boy's recently divorced mother. [TV Line]

... Jason Isaacs (Awake) is giving television another shot and has chosen a safer premise this time by joining CBS's drama pilot Surgeon General. Isaacs will play the titular medical expert. [TV Line]

... Rupert Grint, redhead Ron from the Harry Potter films, is the lead in CBS's single-camera comedy (??? On CBS???) Super Clyde. Grint will play a fast-food worker who decides to become a super hero. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Royal Pains has promoted Ben Shenkman to series regular for next season. Shenkman plays Dr. Jeremiah Sacani in the USA Network drama. [TV Line]

... Glee (and recently Justified) vet Mike O'Malley will star in the NBC comedy pilot Welcome to the Family, a potential series about culture clashing. O'Malley will play the father figure of a white family that's folded into a Latino family when his pregnant teen daughter marries her Hispanic boyfriend. Rob Schneider does not star in this, but you'd think he would. Note to self: Write a comedy about a Caucasian person marrying a Latino person and sell it to CBS. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jason Ritter (The Event) has joined Fox's comedy pilot Friends & Family, an adaptation of the BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey. Ritter will play Stacey. I mean Gavin. [EW]

... Jonathan Taylor Thomas has crawled out from under his rock and will guest-star on Last Man Standing, reuniting him with his old TV dad Tim Allen. He'll play the manager of a restaurant that Kristin tries to work for. Looks like I can keep my JTT Teen Beat posters up a little longer. [E! Online]

... Breaking Bad's Dean Norris has been cast in CBS's summer miniseries Under the Dome, as the series villain. Based on the Stephen King novel, Under the Dome details what happens when a small town is cut off from the rest of the world after a mysterious dome appears over it. Norris's character uses the opportunity to take over the town. [EW]

Bonus: exclusive photos of Dean Norris researching the role.
(thanks for the awesome image, Edlyn!)



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