Paul Weitz
NBC renews 'Hannibal' and 'About a Boy'
NBC renews 'Hannibal' and 'About a Boy'

NBC renewed two more series Friday, ordering additional seasons of "Hannibal" and "About a Boy." Based on Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon," "Hannibal" follows the relationship between FBI investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Currently in its second season, the gory psychological thriller has never been much of a ratings star -- its most recent Friday-night outing at 10 p.m. brought in only 2.76 million viewers -- but because of a international co-production deal, the series is relatively inexpensive for NBC. It is also a critical darling, and has held steady in the ratings despite a move to Friday nights this season. ...