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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Intellectual property law may prevent Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report from appearing on The Late Show, but it cannot stop his identical twin cousin.

Last week, Stephen Colbert brought a familiar face to visit The Late Show. Tucked away in the woods living happily ever after with Jon Stewart was Colbert’s character, host of The Colbert Report, champion of America, Her Excellency The Rev. Sir Doctor Stephen Tyrone Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World** featuring Flo Rida La Premiere Dame De France. Or Stephen Colbert for short.

Colbert resisted bringing the character to The Late Show, choosing to introduce the world to the real Stephen Colbert. But the Republican National Convention selecting Donald Trump as their candidate for President demanded that Colbert dust off his Captain America shield and return to glory for one night only. And one night only is all we are going to see of that man.

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Colbert announced on The Late Show that immediately after the live show on July 18, 2016, Viacom’s lawyers called up CBS and said that “the character Stephen Colbert is their intellectual property.” And so, Stephen Colbert revealed that Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report would never be seen again.

Luckily, Stephen Colbert had an identical twin cousin! How might that work, you ask? Well Colbert’s mother was an identical twin and she and her sister married identical twins and gave birth at the same time and both named their sons Stephen Colbert. Rest assured attorneys, the two men are very different people. The banned Colbert went to Dartmouth, the cousin Colbert only applied there. The banned Colbert wears smart fitting suits, the cousin Colbert prefers a breezy American flag button down. Night and day those two.

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Real Stephen Colbert (are you confused yet?) asked cousin Colbert if he’d be willing to make himself available for future appearances on The Late Show, a task cousin Colbert was more than willing to take on. Loopholes!

Another intellectual property to fall to the wayside was “The Word,” a segment Colbert revived from The Colbert Report to introduce the word, “Trumpiness.” There’s a way around this one too. Introducing, “The Werd.”

Watch all of the Stephen Colberts in action and get the lowdown on “The Lesser of Two Evils” in the full segment from July 27.

The Late Show continues its live coverage of the Democratic National Convention tonight at whatever time Hillary Clinton is done speaking on CBS.

When in doubt, look to Harry Potter. At least, that’s what Marvel and Sony are planning for the latest Spider-Man reboot.

When Tom Holland showed up in Captain America: Civil War as Spider-Man, fans were obviously hesitant to throw too much weight behind his version of Peter Parker. The webslinger had been seen at the forefront of a blockbuster movie twice in the past couple decades, and even the biggest Spidey fans were wary of yet another incarnation.

But Holland swung himself right into our hearts with his charm and enthusiasm, both on screen and off. The cast took him under their wings and fans were soon to follow. So, when it was announced that he’d be starring in another solo Spider-Man film, titled Homecoming, the response was optimistic.

There are a lot of things Marvel and Sony are doing differently for Homecoming, not least of which is actually working together. Peter is also much younger than we’ve seen him in the past, and his story will focus as much on his time in school as his time fighting bad guys.

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In fact, the school year may even help structure Homecoming and subsequent Spider-Man solo films. Speaking to Collider, Kevin Feige even said they may take a leaf out of Harry Potter’s book:

“Should we be able to make more after [Homecoming]? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”

This structure allows for a consistent progression of time for both the characters and the world. We’ll say goodbye to Peter at the end of the school year, but welcome him back again at the beginning of the next. It allows for changes to take place over the summer, for new threats to materialize, and for the story to stretch its legs and develop over the course of nine months, rather than a few short days.

But first we have to see if Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the hit both Marvel and Sony are hoping it’ll be.

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Netflix has passed on picking up Agent Carter for a third season, and now they’re explaining why.

The cancellation of Agent Carter sent shock waves through the Marvel fandom. We get so few female-led properties in the superhero world, and Peggy was unapologetically kickass on every level. When ABC didn’t renew the show for another season, fans immediately started pitching to Netflix, hoping they would give the S.H.I.E.L.D. founder a new life.

Alas, it wasn’t to be so. In an interview with EW, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos explains why they decided to pass on the opportunity.

The first reason was because they’re looking for “truly original brands to own.” Netflix, as you probably know, already has a pretty clear corner on that market with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, both of which have been wildly popular, as well as their upcoming series Luke Cage and Iron Fist, all four of which will eventually merge into an Avengers-esque crossover series called Defenders. Plus, the Punisher is getting his own series, too.

ABC had already owned and put out two seasons of Agent Carter, which means, creatively, Netflix couldn’t take over the show and make it their own. They would have to honor what came before and make sure it had the same look and feel. Considering how wildly popular their original series have been (for reference, check out the current buzz about Stranger Things), it’s understandable that they’d rather focus on something they can build from the ground up.

The second reason why Netflix passed on Agent Carter is a bit more technical in that the streaming service likes to release its original content globally, something that would be difficult, if not impossible, due to Agent Carter’s current international restrictions. As Sarandos says, passing up on Agent Carter was “a business decision more than a creative one.”

But neither of those reasons make the situation any better for fans of the character and her solo show. While Netflix would’ve been an ideal place to watch Peggy’s next great adventure, we’ll have to hope the showrunners and Hayley Atwell can swing something else instead.

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