NBC, 10 p.m. ET; 4/4/2013

SEASON PREMIERE: There was a Hannibal movie made in 2001, which starred Anthony Hopkins in a cinematic sequel to Silence of the Lambsbut this is a TV show, not a movie, and a prequel, not a sequel. And despite the involvement of series creator Bryan Fuller, who generated the delightful Pushing Daisies and the winsome Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me, this new series is much darker than those shows – and much less satisfying. After The Following and Cult and Dexter, and the current Bates Motel, this series may just be too grisly, too late. For a full review, see Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes.

-David Bianculli