The slate of serial killer-centric series seems to be growing, with Fox's "The Following" right around the corner and A&E's "Bates Motel" not far after. Even in such company, creator Bryan Fuller's series about a young Hannibal Lecter and his relationship with FBI agent Will Graham, has to rank as one of the more anticipated and buzzworthy programs yet to receive a firm debut date.
However, at the Television Critics Association conference this week, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt teased that "Hannibal" could line up well with the competitive cable summer season, potentially starting as soon as May. “To be determined on the scheduling of it. It could be a summer show, in which case I think you look at all the great cable shows that are on in the summer and I think it could fit really nicely in that world. It’s really well crafted,” Greenblatt said.
NBC’s president, Jenifer Salke, sang the praises of the upcoming series, describing it as “very unique. And as you say, with Bryan [Fuller], his imagination and the production value that he’s brought to a procedural show, which obviously has ongoing serialized aspects... It’s like a procedural you’ve never seen before. There’s a lot of big fans of it, so we haven’t decided what to do with it yet, but we do love it.”
As to whether the the scheduling hinges on the level of success of "The Following," a series with similar themes and star power, Salke said, “I don’t think so. Because I will tell you, and having not seen beyond the pilot of The Following, it’s incredibly different. You know Bryan [Fuller], Bryan makes a show feel like none other. It doesn’t look like anything you’ve seen anywhere else. I’ve never seen anything like it. So you’re on the edge of your seat. It’s beautifully directed David Slade, who’s incredible... So no, I don’t think so.”