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'Hannibal' series finale features new Siouxsie Sioux song

By Karen Butler   |   Aug. 30, 2015 at 10:38 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller says he is a "huge Siouxsie Sioux fan" and could not be happier when the singer-songwriter was asked to pen a "Bond theme of a ditty" for Saturday's series finale.

"[Show composer] Brian Reitzell knew I am a huge Siouxsie Sioux fan and have seen her in concert more times than any other artist in my life," Fuller told TV Guide. "We knew that she was a fan of the show, and we reached out to see if she'd be interested in writing a song. Essentially, she hasn't had a single in eight years, and she said she hadn't been inspired to write in a long time, but that Hannibal had inspired her and she would write a new song. It was an incredible honor. I told her it should be a love song between Will and Hannibal. She came back with this wonderful Bond theme of a ditty, and I just said that has to go over the finale. It was pitch-perfect."

Fuller went on to admit there was a moment when he wondered how he would pay for the song.

"We didn't have any money left in the budget, and the studio wasn't going to put any more money into the show than they already had," he explained. "I went to NBC and Sky, who are our American and U.K. broadcasters, and said: 'I know the show is canceled... and it's absolutely unheard of for a showrunner to come back to you and ask for more money for a show that has no further revenue potential for you. But it's Siouxsie Sioux and it's an honor and it's her first single in eight years.' They both said, 'Yes, absolutely, we'll split it right down the middle, and we're doing this because we love you, we love the show, and we love Siouxsie.'"

NBC canceled Hannibal after three seasons, due to low ratings. Based on Thomas Harris' books, the thriller-drama starred Mads Mikkelsen as brilliant psychiatrist/gourmet chef/serial killer Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, the conflicted lawman trying to bring him to justice.

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ITV releases trailer for final season of 'Downton Abbey'

By Karen Butler   |   Aug. 30, 2015 at 9:50 AM
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LONDON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A trailer for the sixth and final season of the beloved, costume drama Downton Abbey is now available online.

The early 20th century-set show will return to Britain's ITV, starting Sept. 20. The last episodes will premiere on America's PBS, beginning Jan. 3.

This weekend's preview clip features regular cast members Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Sophie McShera, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton.

The minute-long video has gotten nearly 250,000 views since it was posted Saturday.

Created by Julian Fellowes, the show follows the lives of the wealthy Crawley family and the loyal servants who work for them at their country estate.

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