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Mark H. Harris

Horror TV Casting Updates: Hannibal, Munsters and More

By March 26, 2012

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No doubt spurred by the success of genre shows like The Walking Dead, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries, a host of new horror/suspense TV shows are on tap for the next year or two. Here's the scoop on the latest casting updates:

  • Hugh Dancy (Blood and Chocolate, Martha Marcy May Marlene) will co-star in NBC's Hannibal as FBI agent Will Graham, the foil to the yet-to-be-cast serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Graham was played by Edward Norton in Red Dragon and by William Petersen in Manhunter. NBC is so confident in the show that the network has bypassed the pilot phase and has ordered 13 episodes up front, meaning we could see Hannibal on the small screen as early as this fall.
  • Eddie Izzard (The Riches, Shadow of the Vampire) is in line to play Grandpa in NBC'sĀ Mockingbird Lane, NBC's reboot of The Munsters that has been described as True Blood meets Modern Family meets Pushing Daisies. According to Deadline, Grandpa Munster is a vampire who "can shapeshift into rats, wolves and other creatures at will, but he's also dapper and charming in a fedora." Look for Mockingbird Lane sometime in 2013.
  • Famke Janssen (X-Men, House on Haunted Hill, The Faculty) and Bill (son of Stellan, brother of Alexander) Skarsgard will star in the previously announced Netflix series Hemlock Grove, to be directed by Eli Roth. Skarsgard will play a murder suspect trying to clear his name, while Janssen will play his mother. Hemlock Grove will air on Netflix's streaming service beginning in early 2013.
  • Maggie Grace (The Fog, Lost) has joined the untitled Fox serial killer pilot from Kevin Williamson (Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Vampire Diaries) playing the sole surviving victim of a notorious killer played by James Purefoy (Resident Evil). Kevin Bacon will star an FBI profiler tracking Purefoy's character. If picked up, the show could air this fall season.
  • Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives), Rachael Taylor (The Darkest Hour, Shutter) and Terry O'Quinn (Lost, Hawaii Five-O) have all been cast in the ABC pilot 666 Park Avenue, based on a series of books by Gabriella Pierce. Taylor will play a newly hired property manager of an historic New York City apartment building who begins to have supernatural encounters on the job, while Williams and O'Quinn will play the owners of the building. If picked up, we could see 666 Park Avenue this fall.

Sources: Deadline, SlashFilm, Entertainment Weekly, TV Line

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