NBC has announced it will premiere the 13-episode Season 2 of the critically acclaimed drama Hannibal at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) Friday, Feb. 28 following Grimm after the previously-announced conclusion of the 10-episode run of Dracula.
From creator Bryan Fuller, Hannibal stars Mads Mikkelsen as brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is working with the FBI and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, to look into the mind of serial killers. Based on Thomas Harris' best-selling novels, this series is the prequel to the story that began with the feature films Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs.
The series also stars Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park also co-star.
Here's what NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke had to say about Hannibal's return.
"Bryan and his team are running on all creative cylinders once again and have delivered episodes full of intrigue, scares and surprises. The show continues to astound us with its incredible aesthetic beauty and its amazingly talented cast."
Vulture.com rated Hannibal as the second best show on all of television - broadcast or cable - in 2013, calling it "a daring series," and adding "This is the most visually and atmospherically striking network series since Twin Peaks." The Chicago Sun-Times added that Hannibal is "deliciously disturbing and is bound to leave viewers hungry for more."
TV critic Alan Sepinwall of HitFix.com said Hannibal had an "amazing first season of television." The New York Post said, "The series is the most beautifully shot and produced show on network TV."
Hannibal is from Gaumont International Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks.
The series is also produced by Dino De Laurentiis Company and Living Dead Guy Productions.
In addition to Fuller, Martha De Laurentiis, Steven Lightfoot, Chris Brancato, Katie O'Connell, Elisa Roth, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee also serve as executive producers.