FIRST ART FROM HANNIBAL SEASON 2 IS CREEPILY AMAZING!

Hannibal Season 2 Banner 1

Perhaps the best written and directed show on television (sorry AMERICAN HORROR STORY ASYLUM, you were a close second) this past year was HANNIBAL, and now we get a look at the first art from the upcoming second season. Admittedly, unless you’ve seen the first season, this art is a little hard to explain but it makes complete and incredible sense. If I’m looking forward to ANYTHING next year, it’s HANNIBAL, SEASON 2. And for those of you who haven’t seen the first season and the first key art for the second season is confusing the hell out of you…too bad, I’m not giving it away. Watch it…and get ready.

Hannibal Season 2 Poster 1

Show runner Bryan Fuller developed what you just beheld (along with the work of some kick ass FX artists) and had the following to say about it all:

“After a horrifying descent into madness in Season 1, this image ironically represents the perspective of a scrappier, clearer-minded Will Graham in Season 2. The scales have fallen from his eyes, and he finally sees Hannibal Lecter for the monster he is.”

HANNIBAL will return in early 2014 with a 13-episode season that begins with Episode 2.01, “Kaiseki”

X-FILES STAR GILLIAN ANDERSON TO JOIN NBC’S HANNIBAL

Entertainment Weekly has released news that Gillian Anderson, known most famously for her role as Agent Dana Scully in the Fox hit THE X-FILES will be joining the cast of NBC’S HANNIBAL. It  was revealed that her role would be as Hannibal Lecter’s therapist of all things.

SHOW SYNOPSIS:

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 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. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he’s pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch. If Will only knew…

Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne star in the series as Lecter, Will Graham and Jack Crawford, respectively.

CARNIVALE CREATOR DAN KNAUF BRINGING DRACULA SERIES TO NBC


Carnivàle (a show I happened to be a huge fan of and tragically ended too soon) creator Dan Knauf is working with NBC for an upcoming 10-episode series, DRACULA,  as the showrunner & head writer, working with series creator Cole Haddon.

DRACULA is produced by Tony Krantz’s Flame Ventures, Callender’s Playground Entertainment, Universal TV, and NBCU International. Carnival Films & Television, the company behind DOWNTON ABBEY. Krantz and Callender are executive producing the series with Gareth Neame and Anne Mensah. Haddon and Flame’s Reece Pearson co-executive produce.

Based on an idea by Krantz, the show is based on an idea by Krantz which is set in 1890 and has been described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors.” Jonathan Rhys Meyers is set to play the iconic vampire Dracula, which see’s him arrive in London, “posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.”. The new series reunites Meyers with NBC’s Bob Greenblatt, who cast the Irish actor in “The Tudors” while running Showtime.

This could potentially be an interesting show given the talent involved, but I have this fear in the back of my mind that it’s going to turn out to be some kind of Victorian romantic drama. Here’s hoping that fear will be abated. More information as it develops.

 

PORTIA DE ROSSI CAST AS LILY MUNSTER IN NBC’S MOCKINGBIRD LANE

In an abrupt casting change, Portia De Rossi has been brought in to replace Mariana Klaveno to play Lily Munster (originally played to vampish effect by Yvonne De Carlo) for NBC’s THE MUNSTERS reboot MOCKINGBIRD LANE. Apparently, Mariana Klaveno couldn’t get a release from her contract for the project DEVIOUS MAIDS. Being a fan of De Rossi’s work in her various roles, I think this can only work out for the best and can’t wait to see what she’ll look like decked out as Lily Munster. Better than Mariana Klaveno, I think Portia De Rossi even has a better look for the role and her work in Arrested Development leads me to believe she can pull off the humorous, yet mysterious character.

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Wakefield joins Jerry O’Connell, as Herman Munster, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. Bryan Singer (producer of one of my favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Mason Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily (played by Portia De Rossi) and Herman’s (played by Jerry O’Connell) only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

FIRST LOOK AT CHARITY WAKEFIELD AS MARILYN MUNSTER ON SET OF NBC’S MOCKINGBIRD LANE

Show “creator” Bryan Fuller has released the first image of Charity Wakefield as Marilyn Munster (originally portrayed by Beverley Owen with actress Pat Priest later assuming the role) on the set of NBC’s MOCKINGBIRD LANE. Seems like a damn good match to the original, which is the first time I can say that about the casting for the show.

Pat Priest As Marilyn Munster

Wakefield joins Jerry O’Connell, as Herman Munster, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. Bryan Singer (producer of one of my favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Mason Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily (no longer being played by ?) and Herman’s (played by Jerry O’Connell) only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

EDDIE IZZARD SUITS UP AS GRANDPA MUNSTER FOR NBC’S ‘MOCKINGBIRD LANE’

Show “creator” Bryan Fuller released the first image today of Eddie Izzard suiting up as Grandpa Munster during a wardrobe fitting for NBC’s MOCKINGBIRD LANE. It seems, just from costuming, that they’re definitely straying from original wardrobe design.

Bryan Singer (producer of one of my favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Mason Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily (played by Mariana Klaveno) and Herman’s (played by Jerry O’Connell) only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

NBC TO CAST JERRY O’CONNELL AS HERMAN MUNSTER FOR ‘MOCKINGBIRD LANE’

That’s right, NBC has decided to make THIS GUY their next HERMAN MUNSTER in NBC’s THE MUNSTERS reboot MOCKINGBIRD LANE. From Bloody Disgusting:

The actor will play the patriarch of the family, who in the 1960s CBS comedy was played by Fred Gwynne. In the reboot, Herman — like in the original series — has a permanent home under Grandpa Munster’s thumb. O’Connell joins the previously cast Eddie Izzard, who will play the powerful and quick-witted vampire in a role that was originated by Al Lewis. Mason Cook will play Herman and Lily’s werewolf son, Eddie. Bryan Singer will executive produce and direct the pilot.

NBC initially eyed the reboot, from “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller, for this development season but pushed the project to summer.

Fuller and NBC first made an attempt to revive the sitcom last year, with the network ultimately passing. His newer version is said to be an edgier and slightly darker take exploring origins of Herman and Lily Munster (originally played by Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo) and how they arrived at the famed 1313 Mockingbird Lane address.

The original series, produced by Universal Studios, aired 70 episodes from 1964-66.

What do I think about this? I think it’s a horrible casting choice. I’ve never been a big Jerry O’Connell fan, however, so I may be just a little biased. I don’t think he has the chops to fill the platform shoes of Fred Gwynne’s Herman. I could always be wrong, but in this case…I doubt it…

Just look at this guy, do you think Jerry O’Connell can ever do half the job he did?

EDDIE MUNSTER CAST FOR NBC’S ‘THE MUNSTERS’ REBOOT

In yet another example of a severe lack of ideas, THE MUNSTERS reboot is still a go for NBC. The new version will be titled MOCKINGBIRD LANE, written by Bryan Fuller (PUSHING DAISIES, DEAD LIKE ME) and starring Eddie Izzard and Charity Wakefield. Additionally, it has been reported that Mason Cook (SPY KIDS 4D) will be joining the cast as the young werewolf Eddie Munster.

Bryan Singer (producer of one of my new favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily and Herman’s only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (portrayed by Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

Hmmmm, I have a lot of fond memories of the original series, and still watch the show when in need of a good chuckle. Still, with the talent of Fuller and Singer behind the project, I may find myself actually enjoying it. Below is an example of concept art for the house at 1313 Mockingbird Lane and character design from Entertainment Weekly.

Looking Forward To “New Year’s Day”

Posted on 11th July 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , ,

I’m kind of on the fence as to whether or not I like the Fear Itself miniseries currently running on NBC.  Obviously a watered-down version of Showtime’s superior Masters of Horror series (also created by Mick Garris), some episodes are absolute shit, while a few are nice little network gems.  The newest episode will air next thursday, July 17th entitle New Year’s Day.  The premise revolves around a woman, Helen, waking up in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by flesh-eating zombie fiends!  Wicked!  On top of that, the episode was written by 30 Days of Night scribe Steve Niles.  The episode will be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman of the SAW franchise, but I won’t hold that against it.  Check back here for my review.