hannibal mads mikkelsen hugh dancy Emmys 2014: 'Hannibal's' Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and the creative team deserve nominationsWith the 2014 Emmy Awards nominations due to be announced on July 10, Zap2it
is making cases for the actors and shows that deserve some awards love,
but would be surprising — and therefore very exciting — nominees.

“Hannibal” might be the best show on TV that no one is watching. The second season averaged right around 2 million to 2.5 million viewers each week, which is near the bottom of the broadcast neetwork rankings. But the team is putting out one of the most visually stunning and well-acted shows on TV.

Sure, the storylines can be both outrageous and off-putting, usually both at the same time and oftentimes involving each episode’s procedural aspect. But the over-arching look at one of literature and film’s most iconic killers and the psychologist working to trap him is full of complexities and intricacies that are brought to life by the nuanced performances of stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy.

The two actors walk the finest of lines as their characters dance around each other. It’s almost like a boxing match, except the dance is too delicate for that comparison. It’s more like they are waltzing together and at the same time not together, with the stars filling every scene with tension that is borderline sexual.

Hannibal Lecter and Dr. Will Graham are two sides of the same coin in many ways, so it’s only appropriate that one feels sometimes as though they are somehow in love with each other and at the same time distrusting and even hating each other, which is a testament to the acting. So much is conveyed with the smallest of looks, the smallest of gestures.

Really, the entire ensemble could be lauded for their performances — and so could they creative team. It’s actually more unbelievable the show hasn’t received any Creative Arts Emmy Awards nominations because no other show has the look of “Hannibal.”

The lighting, the cinematography, the use of color, the use of music, the hallucinations, it all creates one of the creepiest atmospheres on television today. The creative team behind the show deserves to be recognized from the Television Academy as well as the actors.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."