TCA: A Few Tidbits from NBC on the Upcoming Hannibal and the Returning Grimm

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NBC Announces Premiere Date for Do No Harm and Return Date for GrimmMore news has come out of the ongoing Television Critics Association winter previews from NBC, including when we might finally be able to see “Hannibal,” how the producers of “Grimm” are dealing with the “curse” typically associated with airing a series on Friday night, and more.

TV Guide reported from NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt’s session the following regarding “Hannibal”:

Greenblatt said the show could make it on the schedule before the end of the season if other midseason offerings fizzled. But he also said it could be held for summer, where it might be competitive against high-quality cable dramas. Added NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke: “It’s very unique. It’s like a procedural you’ve never seen before.”

Is the network concerned about airing violent content in the wake of the Newtown school shooting? “We were all stricken as everyone was with that horrible tragedy,” Greenblatt said. “It weighs on all of us… It’s always in our mind; this just brought it to the forefront.” But Greenblatt, who shepherded “Dexter” at Showtime, believes the trick is how the violence is displayed. “‘Criminal Minds’ is worse than ‘Dexter’ ever was,” Greenblatt said. “There’s a lot of violence around [Hannibal], but you don’t see a lot of acts of violence.”

As for NBC’s most popular genre series, “Grimm,” per Deadline, when the producers were asked how satisfied they are with the show’s 9 pm Friday time slot since there is a perceived TV industry curse that Friday night shows are doomed to fail, David Greenwalt said he “loves the time slot, it’s the old ‘X-Files’ time slot” and said fans are managing to find the show. Added Jim Kouf: “I don’t believe in curses so much. If they don’t watch it Friday night, they seem to watch it next Saturday.”

The pair were asked how the show manages to stand out in the glut of supernatural TV fare and how it plans to distinguish itself going forward. Said Greenwalt: “It’s a hybrid police procedural but has this whole ‘otherworld’ going on that givers us the ability to explain, in this odd and bizarre way, crime.” He added that in upcoming episodes the supernatural otherworld will “go to a macro level” and be tapped to explain “evil in the world, what is wrong with the entire world. We are seeking ways to explain it.”

“Grimm” returns on Friday, March 8th, so look for more soon!

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