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'Hannibal': Premiere Date Announced For NBC Drama

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NBC schedules "Hannibal" for April 4. | NBC

Hours after NBC released a tantalizing batch of photos for freshman drama "Hannibal," series creator Bryan Fuller announced its premiere date: Thursday, April 4 at 10 p.m. EST.

The show, which features Mads Mikkelsen in the iconic role of Hannibal Lecter, sees FBI criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) on the hunt for a vicious serial killer. But when the case proves too twisted for his considerable skills, he turns to preeminent psychiatrist Dr. Lecter for help tracking the murderer. Unfortunately for the FBI agent, his brilliant new partner might have more insight into the case than Will anticipated ...

The series also stars Laurence Fishburne and Caroline Dhavernas, with notable names such as Eddie Izzard, Gillian Anderson, Anna Chlumsky, Ellen Greene and Gina Torres also scheduled to appear in guest or recurring capacities.

At the recent Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt downplayed the violent aspects of the series in comparison with gorier fare like Fox's "The Following."

"'Hannibal' is actually ... there's a lot of violence around the show, but you don't see a lot of acts of violence," he said. Head of NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke agreed, adding, "[In 'Hannibal,'] the character you're following is the Will Graham character, who has to be pulled into these violent crimes and they take a terrible toll on him ... He's the definition of a kind, gentle soul."

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