Here’s a couple of casting announcements to get you through the day, and both are pretty significant in the shows they are attached to.
First up is NBC’s Hannibal, and the return of Gillian Anderson (above) as Hannibal shrink, Dr Bedelia Du Maurier. She will be returning for the first two episodes of Season Two, so take from that what you will.
“Hannibal” is based on the characters from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris and was developed for television by Bryan Fuller, who also serves as writer and executive producer.
“Hannibal” will return in early 2014 with a 13-episode season that begins with Episode 2.01, “Kaiseki” (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner).
Critics have strongly embraced the series, which stars Hugh Dancy as expert criminal profiler Will Dancy, who has a unique ability to peer into the mind of serial killers. Mads Mikkelsen stars as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist who is helping with the cases and, unbeknownst to Will, is also a serial killer himself. Laurence Fishburne stars as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park also co-star.
Through its eight original telecasts to date, “Hannibal” is averaging a 2.0 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49, and 4.7 million viewers overall in “most current” results from Nielsen Media Research. ”Hannibal” is the youngest drama on ABC, CBS, and NBC, with a median age for its audience of 45.7. It’s also an upscale drama, indexing at a 111 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 indicating an average concentration of those homes). Additionally, “Hannibal” is heavily time-shifted, with its 18-49 rating growing by 75% going from next-day “live plus same day” ratings to “live plus seven day” results.
In addition to Fuller, Martha De Laurentiis, Jesse Alexander, Chris Brancato, Sara Colleton, Katie O’Connell, Elisa Roth, Sidonie Dumas, and Christophe Riandee also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Gaumont International Television, Dino De Laurentiis Company, and Living Dead Guy Productions and co-commissioned internationally by Sony Pictures Television Networks.
Also revealed today by EW is that Fringe star Lance Reddick is joining the cast of American Horror Story: Coven, and he will be appearing in the final four episodes.
Lance Reddick (“Fringe,” “Lost,” “The Wire”) will be joining the FX show as Papa Legba when the horror anthology returns from its holiday hiatus on January 8th. The character, described as “AHS: Coven’s” version of “voodoo Satan,” plays a pivotal role in the life of Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett).
Show co-creator Ryan Murphy teased Legba’s involvement in a recent EW story: “You find out that’s how come Marie Laveau looks so good — because she sold her soul!”
The third season of the popular horror series stars Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Alexandra Breckenridge, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Jamie Brewer, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett, Patti Lupone,Leslie Jordan, Alexander Dreymon, Danny Huston and Denis O’Hare.
If you want to follow the progress of the third series more closely, check out its Facebook page.
American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.