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CLARICE (Silence of the Lambs) - CBS/Kurtzman (1 Viewer)

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CBS has to be very careful about not allowing Kurtzman to spread himself too thin or take his eye too far away from Star Trek.

Paramount screwed up the theatrical franchise at least in part because they wanted J.J. Abrams but never got him to commit to it as his first priority, and without a strong voice leading the charge, they’ve let the thing whimper and die.

CBS then screwed up their Star Trek relaunch by going all in on a showrunner who had no availability in his schedule and was completely unwilling to make Trek a priority of any kind.

I don’t want CBS to let the same thing happen with Kurtzman. He’s doing good work on a handful of very high profile, very expensive, very time consuming shows. Why let him spread himself thin on a property that will sink or swim regardless of his involvement?
 

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Sorry to be so clueless, but at the end of Sunday's episode Cool J's character Sam is being set up with a new love interest, and I thought it might be the beginnings of writing him out of the show to find a job elsewhere in order to protect a new wife.
 

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Trailer:

It's set in the early nineties, a year after the events of Silence of the Lambs.

Visually, Breeds is an even better physical match for Jodie Foster than Julianne Moore was.

The rights involving Thomas Harris's creations are complicated: MGM owns the film rights to all of the characters in The Silence of the Lambs through its subsidiary Orion, except the characters that were included in Michael Mann's earlier Manhunter. Dino De Laurentiis's production company owns the film rights to those characters, including Hannibal Lecter himself. So the show can't include Hannibal or refer to him by name.
 

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MGM is broke - I wonder if there’s a deal to be made in the future if they want to go there.
 

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MGM is broke - I wonder if there’s a deal to be made in the future if they want to go there.
If a deal was going to happen, I think it would have been for MGM to license the Silence of the Lambs characters to the Dino de Laurentiis Company and Sony for Bryan Fuller's "Hannibal". I don't think MGM can afford to license Hannibal from the Dino de Laurentiis Company.

There's also the issue that whereas "Hannibal" was a fresh adaptation of the characters from Thomas Harris's novel, this movie is being positioned as a direct sequel to the Jonathan Demme picture. So if they did bring Hannibal in, whoever they cast would be in the unenviable position of trying to capture Anthony Hopkins's specific, iconic Oscar-winning performance.
 

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I think their inability to include Lecter will dampen interest in this show from the general public. To most, there's no Clarice Starling without Hannibal Lecter.
 

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The series premiere is available for free through iTunes.

I watched The Silence of the Lambs immediately before watching the series premiere for this. There is definitely a strong attempt to maintain stylistic continuity with the film; not only are a number of moments recreated shot-for-shot, but little things like the location subtitles are the same font and the same location on the screen.

Rebecca Breeds is miraculous casting as Clarice; going right from the movie to this pilot, the transition from Jodie Foster to Breeds was seamless. Foster circa 1991 and Breeds circa 2020 bear a strong physical resemblance, and Breeds nails the accent Foster used in the film.

Unfortunately, she's trapped in a show that doesn't trust its audience the way the film did. Every point is hammered home with no subtlety or finesse. Clarice in the movie was a woman operating in a man's world, but here that's the driving force of the show. Whereas Jack Crawford supported and defended her, Michael Cudlitz's task force leader is determined to keep her from doing her job effectively. She delivers again and again and each time he finds a way to turn it into a criticism.

The period setting is fun, though; cellphones are still a rarity, and the internet is still extremely limited. These constraints open up a lot of storytelling options that are closed to shows set in the present day.
 

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I’m digging it. The weeks with no new episodes are frustrating. Getting spoiled by streaming shows.

Yes, it's very annoying, especially since there is an ongoing storyline. Episode #8 aired on April 8 and we won't see Episode #9 until May 6. Is CBS trying to discourage people from watching the show?
 

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