NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ Gets April Premiere Date

New spin on the Hannibal Lecter story will air Thursdays at 10 p.m.

Last Updated: February 14, 2013 @ 5:41 PM

NBC's "Hannibal" adaptation will occupy the Thursdays at 10 p.m. time slot, starting April 4.

Writer/executive producer Bryan Fuller made the announcement online, writing, "#Hannibal Requests the Honor of your Presence for Dinner Thursday April 4 10PM @NBC — Saving you a place at the table."

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The announcement was accompanied by a photo of actor Mads Mikkelsen, who'll be playing the titular doctor/cannibal, in character.

The time slot that "Hannibal" will assume was most recently occupied by the split-personality drama "Do No Harm," which lasted just two episodes.

The series, which has received a 13-episode order from the network, will feature Lecter and his protege, FBI agent Will Graham, in the beginning stages of their relationship.

Martha De Laurentiis — who produced the Harris-based films "Red Dragon" (the 2002 version), "Hannibal" and "Hannibal Rising," will also executive-produce the series, which comes from Gaumont International Television.