Friday, May 3, 2013

EonLine: Hannibal Boss Talks Casting Lee Pace and Kristin Chenoweth—and a Pushing Daisies Kickstarter Campaign! by Kristin Dos Santos

(Bryan Fuller on the left)

"I talked to Lee Pace about doing a role on [Hannibal] this season," Fuller reveals. "But he was doing a stage play and so we're planning to work that out with season two. He's definitely interested in doing the show and I would love to work with him again. I also very much want to work with Anna Friel again, and Kristin Chenoweth clearly has to play someone in the Boston arts scene. Perhaps an opera singer. So we are hoping to make that all happen."
Of course the bigger question is whether Hannibal will indeed score a second season. Airing up against ABC's ever-growing Scandal (a social-media beast) and CBS' solid Elementary, Hannibal has fought tooth and nail (and so many other gory body parts) to hold its own in an extremely challenging timeslot. Fuller says he hasn't been told anything yet regarding the show's fate (NBC's full fall slate will be decided by May 12) but adds, "I know that we are a cost-efficient show so we're not hard to pick up. That's a nice way of saying we're a bargain show! (laughs) Hannibal was really well-produced, we have a fantastic team and our crew in Toronto was just knocking it out of the park."

We can't imagine NBC not keeping this kind of feature-film-quality series around. (And by the way, all the awards for Hugh Dancy. And upcoming guest star Gillian Anderson.) But if the show does get cancelled? Prepare for complete and utter devastation, Hannibal fans. "It ends on such a huge cliffhanger," Fuller admits. "It's a big ending where you're like, 'Oh my God, what is going to happen next?!' So our viewers will be screwed if we don't have a second season."

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