NBC has released a new extended preview for creator/executive producer Bryan Fuller’s (Pushing Daisies) highly anticipated upcoming series Hannibal. This one’s more stylish than the international trailer we saw a few weeks ago, and delves quite a bit deeper into the plot. The show is an adaptation of the Thomas Harris series of novels featuring the Hannibal Lecter character, as we follow the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler named Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. Though I’m really looking forward to the show, I’m a bit surprised by just how much violence is acceptable for network TV nowadays. I remember when ER was considered graphic, but between Hannibal and Fox’s The Following (not to mention cable’s The Walking Dead), it feels like the networks are just a couple of years away from full-on Hostel-level gore.
Hit the jump to watch the intriguing extended preview. Hannibal also stars Laurence Fishbourne and premieres on NBC on April 4th at 10pm.