Feast your eyes on this, Fannibals. Here are eight reasons why the uncorrupted need to start watch Hannibal, immediately.

NBC’s Hannibal is a modern interpretation of the Hannibal Lecter literature. It focuses on the character of Will Graham, based on Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon.

It stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, and was created by Bryan Fuller of Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls fame. David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) created the visual style, and the show looks like it belongs on HBO.

Still need more reasons to watch? Don’t worry, we haven’t chosen the eight most delicious cannibal meals (it’s not a spoiler, it his name literally rhymes with cannibal). But these reasons will have you (figuratively) salivating for more.

This is Hannibal as you have never seen it

Hannibal Lecter has entered the pop culture world as one of fiction’s creepiest villains. And Hannibal shows that eating people isn’t even the creepiest part (although, yeah, that bit is pretty creepy). But what is so terrifying about Hannibal is that he has the ability to act like a completely normal person.

Hannibal is about the mind games between Will and Hannibal, as the latter manipulates the former. We know Hannibal is the bad guy, the question is – when will he pounce? Showrunner Bryan Fuller has played a masterful move by making Hannibal the one who assists the FBI, and Will the one who, well, wait until the season finale.

It’s the role of a career for Hugh Dancy

Despite some brilliant turns in Black Hawk Down, Adam, and King Arthur, Dancy is perhaps better known for his work in Confessions of a Shopaholic and Ella Enchanted. Without disregarding that work, after seeing Hannibal, no one would have a hope of dismissing Dancy as anything other than one of the leading actors of his generation.

As Will Graham he is hyper-intelligent, while simultaneously awkward and vulnerable. The character could be totally unlikeable in the hands of a lesser actor, but it is clear how invested Dancy is in the role and in the show, and the chemistry between him and Mikkelson leaps right off the screen.

Mads Mikkelsen beat David Tennant for the role

Yes, you read that right. David Tennant, king among nerds, was up for the role of Hannibal Lecter. And he lost out to Mads Mikkelsen, which should tell you something about the caliber of acting and of the show.

Having Tennant attached would undoubtably have given Hannibal a huge promotional push before the show premiered, yet it is like Mikkelsen is made for this part (or more appropriately, it has been made around him). Watch one episode, and you will never be able to think of Hannibal Lecter the same way again.

Bryan Fuller has triumphed again

Fuller fans are well aware by now that Bryan Fuller shows are something special, and Hannibal is no exception. It is visually stunning (helped by direction David Slade), and the writing is razor sharp – drawing on psychiatric and cooking terms, and often (dare we say), pun-ibal?

Hannibal is different from everything else Fuller has done. Unlike the primary coloured Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, it is dark and gruesome. It puts a twist on a well established character. It even makes food that we know is supposed to look, well, appetising. But it is still very evidently a Bryan Fuller show, and we love that.

The rest of the cast (and the guest stars, oh my!)

Mikkelsen and Dancy may be the stars of this chess game, but they are surrounded by some mightily impressive players. Caroline Dhavernas joins them as Dr. Alana Bloom, almost a mediator between the two, while Laurence Fishburne takes on the (often shouting) role of Jack Crawford.

The supporting cast is rounded out by Aaron Abrams, Hettienne Park, and Scott Thompson. And that’s not even to mention the guest stars of season 1 like Eddie Izzard, Gillian Anderson, and Gina Torres. This is a group of actors who know exactly what they are doing, and it’s a good thing, because with writing like this there is no room for error.

It’s real horror. Seriously, it’s terrifying

On television now, we either have the casual violence on shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, or the desensitised violence of CSI and Criminal Minds. But it has been a while since we had a show that could be legitimately terrifying. Hannibal is real horror. Like, watch with all the lights on, check under your bed for monsters or stags, kind of horror.

There is gore and there is violence – but once you get past that, the show also explores the terrifying realities of human nature. Just don’t blame us if you share Will’s nightmares for a few nights after you watch it. And expect more than one reference to classic horror (like The Shining), and to the previous Hannibal Lecter films.

It could go on for seven seasons

Showrunner Bryan Fuller has made no secret of his plans for Hannibal’s future. Granted, Fuller doesn’t have the best record with long running shows (Dead Like Me – 2 seasons, Pushing Daisies – 2 seasons, Wonderfalls – 1 season), but we like that he dreams big – and we like that he has a master plan for the show.

According to Fuller’s plan, the first three seasons will be comprised of his own original take on the Hannibal Lecter story. Season 4 will take on Red Dragon, season 5 will be The Silence of the Lambs, season 6 is Hannibal, wrapping up with a final season of original content. The show has been picked up for a second season of 13 episodes, and hopefully there will be more to follow.

There are only 13 episodes

As with any great show, this is both an upside, and a downside. For new viewers, catching up on Hannibal is going to be a lot easier than racing through Breaking Bad, or Mad Men. And once you finish it, you can join the rest of the fannibals in curing Bryan Fuller that the season was so short.

The 13 episodes are like a wonderful buffet (see what we did there?), both completely satisfying and leaving you tantalised for more. It’s only a weekend’s watching – although once you start, we wouldn’t be surprised if you raced through in a single day. And then re-watch the next day.

Hannibal season 2 will premiere in 2014 on NBC, and will run 13 episodes.

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Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.