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NBC Pushes 'Hannibal' Season 3 to Summer

Viewers enamored with NBC's serial killer drama Hannibal will be waiting a bit longer for the title character's origin story.

Entertainment Weekly has word that the network has pushed back Season 3 of the show, usually a midseason drama, to the summer. NBC Chairman Bob Greenblat massaged the news for the fan and critics hit, saying, "It’s a show we love, it’s critically acclaimed, we love it. And we also love summer. We have exciting plans for summer."

Based on the original run of novels by Thomas Harris, the series is expected to add new stars in its third year including a full-time gig for previous guest star Gillian Anderson and a guest spot for Hobbit actor Richard Armitage. But a major focus for Season 3 when it does arrive will be the origin tale of Dr. Lecter.

"It’s going to be taking a lot of disparate elements from the novel Hannibal Rising and the novel Hannibal and mashing them up together as part of the thrust of the season,” show creator Bryan Fuller said last spring. "It’s going to be fun to bastardize two novels into one sort of Frankenstein season. I will brace everybody right now: We’re significantly changing the Hannibal origin story from Hannibal Rising.”

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