I’m in two minds about new American import Hannibal. On the one hand, this Bryan Fuller-developed prequel to the events of Red Dragon and The Silence Of The Lambs has been generally (if by no means unanimously) well-received by American critics, even if renewal for a second season remains in the balance for now. And it features Mads Mikkelsen, one of the best actors of his generation (and Troels Hartmann’s brother), in the title role, with Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham. On the other hand, apparently it’s proper scary, and I really don’t like being scared: horror isn’t my thing at all. If it’s yours, though, Hannibal might be just what the evil forensic psychiatrist ordered (Sky Living, Tuesday 7 May, 10pm).
We’re on safer ground the next evening, with the start of season 4 of Unpopcult favourite Justified. The last season, while very good, wasn’t quite up to the standard of season 2, which was something of a TV drama landmark; but advance word would suggest that this season is a little better again. We can be sure, either way, that Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins will continue to deliver two of the best acting performances on TV (5 USA, Wednesday 8 May, 10pm).
And earlier the same evening a bit of a curiosity. Canadian drama series The LA Complex was shown on The CW in America, and features a group of 20-year-old wannabe actors/dancers/etc trying to make it in Los Angeles. Sounds appalling. Apparently, though, it’s actually pretty good, with highbrow critics such as Alan Sepinwall and Emily Nussbaum weighing in on its side. Having said that, it’s run for two (fairly short) seasons and isn’t being renewed, so it’s maybe not worth getting invested (MTV (sic), Wednesday 8 May, 9pm).
Finally, on the allegedly unscripted side of the house, the zillionth season of upmarket freak show The Apprentice starts this week, with two episodes full of everything you’ve come to love. On Tuesday the competitors are given shipping containers full of random items to sell; Wednesday is all about inventing and marketing a flavoured beer (BBC 1, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 May, 9pm).