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Is Hannibal good enough to eat?

NBC is hoping fans will come back for seconds after the premiere of its serial killer thriller Hannibal, which centers on Silence of the Lambs' Dr. Hannibal Lecter in his prime. Taking on the role of the iconic villain is Mads Mikkelsen, who will be sparring with Hugh Dancy's FBI profiler Will Graham.

Your grandfather's Dr. Lecter this is not, so we're curious to know what you thought of Hannibal's series premiere...

Based on Thomas Harris' Red Dragon novel, Bryan Fuller's (Pushing Daisies) adaptation centers on their odd partnership of Graham and Lecter when Laurence Fishburne's character asks the emotionally unstable but brilliant Graham to help investigate a series of murders.

As you'd expect from a show called Hannibal, there's blood. A lot of it. And, of course, some cannibalism thrown in for good measure. While it's beautifully shot and well-acted, we feel that the show was almost too dark and that Graham was too much of a mess in the premiere. Dude can barely hold it together during a one-minute conversation, which could grow tiresome. (Doesn't he sound like a perfect match for Dancy's real-life wife Claire Danes' character on Homeland though?!)

Looking ahead, fans can expect to see X Files star Gillian Anderson guest star in a multi-episode arc as Dr. Lecter's therapist. Of her casting, Fuller said, "Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture. I couldn't be more excited."

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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