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TV: “Clarice” Will Face Off Against “Hannibal” (Just Not On The Same Show)

MGM and the Lifetime Network are developing “Clarice”, a show that will follow the character of Clarice Starling as featured in Thomas Harris’ novels ‘The Silence Of The Lambs” and “Hannibal”. I’d expect this show to debut at midseason at the very earlier, if not (more realistically) Fall of 2013. No word on casting but of course Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore are pretty much guaranteed not to star.

Per TV Guide, “Clarice would follow the exploits of a young Clarice Starling soon after she graduates from the FBI academy. The show’s development comes as NBC preps the 13-episode series Hannibal, which also takes place in the world of author Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter series of books. But Hannibal, from Bryan Fuller, won’t include the Clarice character, and instead focuses on the relationship between Hannibal and FBI criminal profiler Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy).

This has almost nothing to do with Hannibal (except for taking place in the same universe) in which “One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”), based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, we see where this incredible story began. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy, “The Big C”) is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths.

Thanks to BD Reader “James” for the heads up!



  • Nothing333

    I guess MGM has never heard the phrases, “milking it”, or “market oversaturation”, or “destined to fail” before. One prequel series is more than enough and we don’t even know if that will fly yet.

  • PatrickxJonathan

    Sounds awful. I would rather just not know about this.

  • Ashedmaniac

    The best way I could see this Clarice show working is if, despite what’s being said or is happening now, there’s essentially the same production company behind both shows or the producers of both shows know each other well and can pull strings. Or something similar. And then they can run both shows at once and, a few years down the line, suddenly blend the shows together, likely within “Hannibal.” If they could manage that and largely treat the “other” show as “separate” in the meantime, it could really make for an epic overall story once people catch on and catch up. Something like that could work and really make the “combined” show a few years down the line seem far more important. Plus, it could combine the two fanbases for a better rating. Is this even remotely likely? No. But I think it would make for some great television if handled correctly.

  • saft-und-kraft

    I’m confused, lol.

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