Watch: New Promos for 'Hannibal' and 'Bates Motel': Which TV Prequel Series Looks Better?

Watch: New Promos for 'Hannibal' and 'Bates Motel': Which TV Prequel Series Looks Better?

Feb 18, 2013

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Television is about to get a lot more stabby in the next few months as NBC and A&E both prepare to launch competing shows focused on two of cinema’s most notorious serial killers. Today, we bring you the latest on both Hannibal and Bates Motel and ask you which side are you on: Team Lecter or Team Bates?

NBC’s prequel series to Thomas Harris’ popular novels and films is set to debut this April, and features Mads Mikkelsen playing the terrifying cannibal serial killer as he helps FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) track down a vicious killer. The catch is that at this early stage of the tale, no one but the audience realizes that Lecter himself is also a vicious serial predator.

NBC debuted a new trailer for the series over the weekend, and you can have a gander at it below.

Now, keep that Hannibal clip in mind as we move on to A&E’s Bates Motel.

In this prequel to Hitchcock’s seminal Psycho, Freddie Highmore plays a young Norman Bates. Vera Farmiga plays his mother – and the two buy the infamous motel and try to rebuild their lives after the tragic death of Norman’s father. We’re guessing that doesn’t pan out quite as planned considering the timeline of Hitch’s film and the countless sequels.

The series, which debuts next month, seems to be a potentially tougher sell than Hannibal if only because the synopsis makes it sound as though it’s not just Norman who’s odd here – apparently the whole town of White Pine Bay is filled with secrets, which makes us think, oh, this is Twin Peaks with Norman Bates as the main character. Will young Norman make us uncomfortable? Will we find ourselves sympathizing with him one minute and fearing him the next? Hannibal has a potentially more sympathetic cast with Dancy’s relatively straitlaced Will Graham as the main character.

Watch the trailer and see that you think – and then let us know if you’d rather check into the Bates Motel or have a glass of chianti with Hannibal . We know most of you (like us) will be watching both, but which one looks more interesting to you? As of this morning, we're leaning toward Hannibal, but it's close.  

[via The Movie Box]

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