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NBC’s upfronts 2012-3 – a rundown and clips from the new shows

NBC new season 2012/13

We’ve already had a look at some of the cast photos, but now we have a full rundown of what NBC is ordering up for its Fall schedule. Unlike last year, where there seemed to be a few shows that I’d like to watch – NBC now having cancelled them all – NBC appears to have chosen to fill the airwaves this year and next year almost exclusively with pure awfulness, probably figuring based on this year’s ratings that if it produces anything decent, no one will watch it, so why bother with half-decent, which takes some effort, when you can have river effluent instead.

After the jump, we’ll take a look – yes, there are clips – at NBC’s new shows, to see if there’s anything at all that looks good out of Revolution, Go On, The New Normal, Animal Practice, Guys With Kids, Chicago Fire and Do No Harm.

UPDATE: Now with more clips!

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Friday’s “Channel 4 finds Utopia, Bryan Fuller discusses Hannibal and William Petersen’s pilot” news

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  • Tony Danza to play Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s father

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  • Full trailer for David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis with Robert Pattinson

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Friday’s “Hugh Dancy is Hannibal’s Will Graham, Bent broken and a second season for Smash” news

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  • Michael Wincott, Toni Collette, Danny Huston and Michael Stuhlbarg join Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho
  • NSFW teaser for David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis with Robert Pattinson
  • Usher to play Sugar Ray Leonard
  • Trailer for The Host
  • The Wire‘s Michael K Williams to play Ol’ Dirty Bastard

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Wednesday’s “Hannibal Lecter: the TV series, Jonny Lee Miller is Sherlock Holmes and Smash drops 29%” news

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Movies you should own: Manhunter

¡Madre Mia! I’ve finally got round to writing it. The reasons you should own Manhunter! Will wonders never cease?

As far as most people are concerned, The Silence of the Lambs was the film that introduced serial killer Hannibal Lecter to the world. Starring (Sir) Anthony Hopkins as the ex-psychiatrist and people-eater, it was one of the first horror movies to do respectably at the Oscars and catapulted both Hopkins and Jodie Foster, who played the FBI agent trying to mine him for information, into the league of A-list stars.

Since then, we’ve had Hannibal and Red Dragon, both starring Hopkins as Lecter, and young Lecter movie, Hannibal Rising – all to diminishing effect.

What not many people realise is that back in the 80s, Michael Mann, director of Heat, Collateral, The Insider and Last of the Mohicans as well as creator of Miami Vice, had already adapted the original Lecter novel, Red Dragon, as Manhunter.

Way before Millennium, Profiler and CSI made popular forensic science, psychological profiling and the idea of thinking inside a killer’s mind to catch him, it featured CSI‘s William Petersen as Will Graham, the man who caught Lecter by risking his own sanity and daring to think the same thoughts. Equally notably, it also featured Brian Cox as Hannibal – and he’s a damn sight better than Anthony Hopkins.

Which is why Manhunter is a movie you should own. Here’s the original trailer for Manhunter – forgive it for being made in the 80s.

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