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Summer 2015 TV Preview: ‘Hannibal,’ ‘Sense8,’ ‘True Detective’

Hannibal

Without spoiling anything, let’s just say that the final episode of season 2, “Mizumono,” ended in a lot of violence. The third season, premiering June 4 on NBC, will make a significant time jump. Serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is now living in Italy attempting to start a new life. He’s accompanied by his therapist Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson), who’s pretending to be his wife. In the first look trailer below, Anderson describes Bedelia as someone who has the potential to be as dark as Hannibal. We’ll be seeing a lot more Bedelia in Season 3.

Season 3 will also tackle a new storyline, one that readers of Red Dragon will be familiar with. Richard Armitage is playing Francis Dolarhyde a.k.a. “The Tooth Fairy.” He’ll first appear in Episode 8, “The Great Red Dragon,” and his storyline will span the final six episodes of the season.

Hannibal stars Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne, and Gillian Anderson. Season 3 will feature the return of Dr. Chilton (Raúl Esparza) and new characters played by Richard Armitage, Tao Okamoto, Nina Arianda, Rutina Wesley, Fortunato Cerlino, and Glenn Fleshler.

Sense8

All 12 episodes of Andy and Lana Wachowski’s sci-fi series Sense8 will drop on Netflix on June 6. Eight strangers from different parts of the globe discover that they share a single consciousness. They are “emotionally and mentally connected to each other and must work together to save humanity and themselves from an organization hunting them.” I have no idea how well the concept will be executed, but the trailer is really intriguing. And diversity!

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Keith Uhlich writes:

The Wachowskis are no strangers to ambitious ideas wedded to a convoluted plot, but Sense8 feels much more purposeful than their other recent efforts. The influence of Straczynski — who honed his talents on the space station drama Babylon 5, which is often pointed to as an exceptional example of sustained television storytelling — is very apparent in the show’s steadily escalating level of intrigue.

Sense8 stars Doona Bae, Brian J. Smith, Aml Ameen, Tuppence Middleton, Tina Desai, Jamie Clayton, Max Riemelt, and Miguel Ángel Silvestre. Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, Frank Dillane, Freema Agyeman, Anupam Kher, and Alfonso Herrera will recur.

True Detective

Nic Pizzolatto’s anthology series True Detective returns for a second season on June 21 on HBO with new characters played by Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Taylor Kitsch. The first two episodes will be directed by Justin Lin and the season will be set in California where “three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.”

McAdams will play the hard-drinking and gambling female lead, Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective “whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves.” Vaughn is Frank Semyon, a mobster in danger of losing his empire. Farrell’s character Ray Velcoro is a compromised detective caught between the mobster who owns him and the corrupt police department he serves. Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol and a war veteran.