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¿Qué? Clarice Starling series set at CBS

‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Sequel Series ‘Clarice’ Set At CBS From Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet

So MGM finally loosened their grasp on Clarice Starling and it wasn't to Bryan Fuller. Seriously guys? And they pretty much gave her up to become her own CBS procedural and it's all set in 1993. Wut? Are they gonna dress Clarice like Scully in season 1 of The X-Files? It did first air in 1993.

So Clarice Starling begat Dana Scully begat Clarice Starling? I'll admit I'm kinda digging the symmetry of that. It's just interesting that in order to steer clear of Hannibal the TV series with it's gothic, surreal, and bloody atmosphere they've decided to go in the complete opposite direction and maybe hit the 90s nostalgia hard. There's going to be comparisons and I think making it the anti-Hannibal and visually perhaps more of a Mindhunter type show could help quell some of the comparisons. 

I am curious about how they're gonna navigate the rights issues. Ardelia and her unadulterated awesomeness will absolutely be a character. MGM has the rights to her. They can also lean in heavily into the Buffalo Bill case for backstory because all that's in the novel. I do wonder if they're just going to completely eliminate characters like Hannibal Lecter and Jack Crawford or change their names. For a procedural type show they really don't need to be mentioned much if at all. 

In the novel Clarice wanted to work for Jack Crawford in Behavioral Sciences. Are they gonna get rid of Jack completely and install someone else as the head of the BSU? I haven't read Hannibal the novel so I don't know what kind of interaction Clarice and Jack had after she graduated Quantico but I think it was minimal. They could create an original character and have he or she be the one to bring Clarice into the Buffalo Bill case. If they go that route, I'm hoping for a female head to the BSU.

One of the things that caught my eye was how Clarice would be "navigating the high stakes political world of Washington, D.C." In a lot of ways Clarice ended becoming a victim of political jockeying in the boys' club at the F.B.I. People like Paul Krendler really screwed her over. He made constant sexual overtures to her and when she turned him down, he lashed out. And oh, Paul Krendler is one of the characters MGM has the rights to, so I'm betting that he or people like him are going to make it into the series.

Another group of characters that they could have access to are the Vergers. They appeared in the Hannibal novel and Thomas Harris kept the rights to that book. Could we be getting a new Mason and Margot?

And of course the epicurean elephant in the room, Hannibal Lecter, is the big character MGM does not have the rights to, therefore he cannot be mentioned by name. How are they gonna dance around the subject of Hannibal Lecter? I imagine that Hannibal Lecter cast a very big shadow in Clarice Starling's life, even if he wasn't an every day presence. He would have to come up, wouldn't he? It's part of the appeal of doing an IP that is that well known. People would be on the look out for the little pop culture winks. It was certainly part of the fun of Hannibal. 

Will Hannibal Lecter become "He Who Must Not Be Named" or will they go the Miriam Lass route that Hannibal the TV show did? Will they create a character that is Hannibal Lecter on paper but not in name? Maybe. I don't think you can sweep a character like that under the rug. You can get people to tune in because Clarice is an interesting character but the property as a whole is a big part of the selling point as well. You can't strip out these hallmarks of the property and expect people to stick around without something compelling to keep them watching. If all these known characters are no shows, what will differentiate Clarice from any other CBS procedural. Perhaps they should take a page from the Bryan Fuller playbook and gender flip Hannibal. Uzo Aduba
did a downright chilling rendition of Hannibal's "fava beans and a nice chianti" monologue. Is she available?

Clarice Starling is an iconic character and I get MGM not wanting to play ball with Bryan and Martha de Laurentiis. They might have perceived that she'd end up playing second fiddle to Hannibal and Will and the extraness that is their relationship and would have preferred to work with a project that would have had her front and center. MGM was simply not interested in sharing rights. According to Bryan Fuller, De Laurentiis Company repeatedly offered them the use of Hannibal Lecter if they would share Clarice Starling. They were always told no.

I say put Clarice on CBS All Access. Yes, it'll have a small audience but I feel the show has a better chance of not being a cookie cutter CBS procedural there. Heck, NBC wanted Hannibal to be a procedural too. It's why season 1 was so heavy on the murder tableau of the week. Have Clarice really look into the struggles of a woman in a male dominated profession and the institutional sexism that exists. And lastly, give the show a distinct visual look. Hannibal was a feast for the senses. It was visually lush, the score was unsettling, and the dialogue was purposely purple. If Clarice looks generic it will suffer in the comparisons but if it does it's own thing, it will be better for it.

It's all just so frustrating. It's 2020 and still no news about Hannibal season 4. It's now been off the air longer than it aired. Both Clarice and Hannibal can certainly exist independently of each other. However, I do think the chance of MGM cooperating with Bryan and Martha to bring Clarice to Hannibal is pretty much non existent. Especially, if Clarice were to gender flip Hannibal Lecter then they'll never need the rights for him from Martha. And to add insult to injury, they'll probably film in Hannibal's old stomping grounds of Toronto. 

I'm just sad. I want my show back. 
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Sooo, about the Forever Knight: The Complete Series box set

Let's see a show of hands if you were eagerly awaiting the new Forever Knight complete series box set. 

I know I was. 

The artwork looked very promising and while Mill Creek itself has a less than stellar reputation when it comes to their products, I was willing to give them a fair shake. After all, they acquired the rights to Quantum Leap and released a complete blu-ray collection with almost all the original music.  That for me is admirable. Due to expensive music rights issues, the original DVD release only had a handful of the original songs. They also got the rights to Friday Night Lights, another favorite of mine, and their release was respectable. 

So they get Forever Knight and while it's not a blu-ray release, I'm rightfully excited. There was of course the pretty, pretty cover art to admire. 

The good news, unfortunately stops there.

Inside you will not find your typical slim digipak snap case like other repackaged series. Instead, we get a two sided piece of cardboard with a slip for a disc in the middle. Wut? In total there are six pieces of cardboard and a total of 12 discs. To open the box you have to lift the the flap from the top of the box and peer inside to see the cardboard disc holders.  I found two unboxings online here and here if you're interested. 

The discs themselves are nice. They list the episodes contained in the disc, as well as the season. The Toronto skyline is displayed elegantly in red on the lower left bottom quadrant. Each season has four discs. 

It's just disappointing. They were so close to having a lovely release. It's almost like they spent almost all their money on the key art that they completely forgot about the case for the discs. 

 
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The initial menu is...interesting. Okay, it's rather unattractive. I get what they were trying to do. The cross motif from the original release is present in this release but honestly they should have just kept it simple. The eyes are just ugly creepy. Forever Knight as a show had some style to it. I would never use the word ugly to describe it. Instead, it makes me think of the artwork for 28 Days Later. That's right, zombies instead of vampires. By this point, they've already got you're money so the interior aesthetics don't really matter as much as the exterior ones. And of course it's still Forever Knight and Forever Knight is just so good. Hopefully people won't be turned off by Mill Creek dropping the ball in the last couple of yards and give the show a shot.

If you're looking to downsize your DVD collection and want something to take up less shelf space, then this one's for you. When on the shelf, the spine is about 3/4ths the size of the season 1 box set and a smidgen shorter. And it is an attractive box. While I like the way the trilogy of the original releases look next to each there, this box is just really attractive. 

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It was a Mads and Hugh filled day today

I am beyond tickled that Mads trended for a while today. You are glorious, you delightful Dane and more people need to know it. 

And there's also the added bonus of Mindy Kaling's new movie Late Night also trending, even if it is a promoted tweet. Hugh Dancy has a significant role as the movie's resident lothario. It's been a while since he's played a non creepy charmer. 





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Happy 6th Anniversary to Hannibal!


 

I know I tend to only pop up to commemorate an anniversary in Hannibal land, but hey, it's such an under seen gem that I can't help but bang the drum on the oft chance someone will hear me. So this is me, banging the Hannibal drum.

Today is the show's 6th anniversary of its premiere back in 2013. The show was sold as a procedural to the very procedural friendly NBC. Reviews were good but it did so-so in the ratings. Season one is very procedural and certainly the most accessible of the show's three seasons, but it was a procedural with a twist. It was obvious that the show didn't want to be a procedural and the creatives behind it weren't all that interested in telling procedural stories. They became a necessary evil to keep the powers that be at NBC more or less complacent. It was far easier to market a show with elaborate murder tableaus then it was to market the psychological horror show Hannibal wanted to be. So the show gave us some unsettling but beautiful murder scenes. They were often gothic and usually improbable but visually arresting. They provided a framework for the the first season while allowing the Hannibal and Will relationship to slowly build in intensity. 

The series premiere is a favorite of mine and it usually gets regular rewatches. In rewatching it today, it's fun to pinpoint the series hallmarks that were present from the very beginning. 
 
  • Visceral crime scene reenactment from Will
  • artfully shot blood splatters
  • Professor!Will
  • Jack Crawford being an asshole
  • Will saying something that can be construed as inappropriate
  • Will's 20,000 7 stray dogs
  • Team Sassy Science being sassy from the get go
  • Protective!Alana
  • Hannibal ominously lit
  • Goldberg Variations
  • Hannibal being an asshole
  • Windsor knots in Hannibal's neckties
  • Twitchy, overwhelmed Will
  • Hannibal cooking sequence
  • Hand porn
  • Hannibal being an asshole
  • Will being rude to Hannibal
  • Smitten Hannibal
  • Hannibal feeding people "protein scramble" to unsuspecting companions
  • Will covered in blood
  • Hannibal being an asshole

     
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Yikes, Tumblr!

I'm on Tumblr. It's probably my most active fandom hangout, but I use the term active very loosely.

I mostly just reblog stuff, but it's a different experience from forums and livejournal. Sadly, it's never been a place that I've felt totally comfortable at. I don't know how to communicate with people. It's just so frustrating. 

I remember some of the the Clark/Lois authors I liked from the Divine Intervention forum posting some of their stuff on Tumblr so I would occasionally pop in to see what was there. 

When I saw the first Hunger Games movie and inhaled the trilogy of books I stalked several pages until I finally decided to create my own Tumblr.

When I was trying to find a song to vid my Silence of the Lambs festivids offering, I turned to Tumblr for inspiration. 

When I fell down the Hannibal rabbit hole Tumblr was where it was it. The fandom thrived on Tumblr. The official NBCHannibal Tumblr was seriously one of the best official ambassadors I've ever seen. Fannibals weren't SuperWhoLock or the MCU but we didn't need to be. It was a nice slice of community. 

I don't know where the fandom is going to go. Fanart is such an integral part of Hannibal fandom, moreso than any other fandom I've been in. To lose that segment of active members will be such a blow. I imagine that many will stick around. The Hannibal fandom isn't 100% nsfw art, but those same artists have other works that feed the community. I know there's a lot of talk about heading to Twitter. I have a Twitter and until recently it wasn't very fannish but I guess my relationship with Twitter may evolve if that's where the fandom fully settles. 
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Deadwood is finally coming back from the dead!

Well look what's finally getting that follow up movie we were promised oh 12 years ago.




When Deadwood ended in 2006 after a three year run, HBO execs suggested that the series could continue in a pair of HBO movies to wrap the story up. Well, nothing ever materialized, that is until the current television landscape entered into revival fever. Then, there was talk of a script being commissioned, then it actually existed, and then interviews with former cast members spoke of them having read said script.

Monday brought some unexpectedly happy news. A Deadwood movie set 10 or so years after the series is already in production and all the original cast is back. Huzzah!

This is now the third of TV shows that I care about to be revived.

The X-Files ended in 2002 and came back in 2008 with The X-Files: I Want to Believe feature film. A revival was launched in 2016 and ran for two seasons. It was off the air for 6 years before the movie premiered and 8 years passed between the movie and revival.

Gilmore Girls ended in 2007 and came back in 2016 for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. It was off the air for 9 years.

Deadwood ended in 2006 and the revival movie will air in 2019. It will have been off the air for 13 years.

And because I can't talk about reviving cancelled tv shows without bringing up Hannibal. It's been off the air since 2015. That 3 1/2 years and counting.
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Forever Knight season 1 for $4.99 on iTunes




Looky what I found!

If you live in the U.S. and happen to find yourself with $5 and change in your pocket, then you too can be the proud owner of Forever Knight season 1 on iTunes.

I already own the season because season 1 goes on sale from time to time for the price of $9.99. It and the other two seasons normally sell for $14.99.

This is a real bargain if you're at all invested in the Apple ecosystem and heck even if you're not. It's just nice to see FK getting a main page push on iTunes.


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Three year anniversary: Hannibal finale


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Oh my darlings. I miss you so much.

Three years is really nothing in the grand scheme of things and the fandom is still so incredibly enthusiastic. My Tumblr and Twitter feeds are still so busy and it's been so much fun to read along as new people discover the show.

I'm a realistic optimist. I still believe the show can come back in some shape or form. If its chances had diminished significantly, then I feel like Bryan Fuller would be pretty up front about that. Mads mentioned in an interview at Cannes that the show got really close to coming back at the beginning of the year. However, something made that plan fall apart. No word on what that might have been.

Hannibal is a special show. It had the perfect combination of talent and confident storytelling that led to some truly captivating television. It's also a show with such a complicated budget model and character rights scenario. It might be the thing that ultimately prevents the show from coming back. And so we hit another anniversary with no news on Hannibal's future. Another anniversary in where we're left to wonder whether or not Hannibal and Will are out there. Another anniversary where Alana and Margot are free to raise their Verger baby in secrecy. And another anniversary to wonder about the fall out for Jack concerning Hannibal's escape.

If and when Hannibal does come back, we're gonna be awash with cannibal puns and sass from the word go. That's just the way Hannibal and Will roll.
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Mads and Hugh news

Looks like the movie Arctic that Mads filmed in Iceland back in late 2016 is finally surfacing. It was announced as part of the Midnight Screenings at Cannes this year. I'm so jazzed for this. There's already a clip out. Of all the projects he's got completed this is the one I'm most excited for. There's also the added bonus of Cannes being an awesome place for new Mads photos.

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There's some good and bad news on the Hugh Dancy front.

He and his wife Claire Danes are expecting their second child sometime during the summer. That is such lovely, lovely news.

For those of us who enjoy his face and welcoming his work into our homes on weekly basis, sadly his show The Path will no longer provide that. Hulu has announced that it is not picking up the show for a fourth season.

I have mixed feelings about that. The show had some strong performances from the three main leads but honestly the show itself was kinda meh. The first season was alright and what I saw of the second season was not interesting enough for me. I got my Hugh fix from gifs on Tumblr and video clips of his scenes. Plus on a superficial level there was the unfortunate haircut he chose to have for that role. It was no bueno.

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