‘Hannibal’ Signs Raul Esparza

Raul Esparza is joining NBC’s new serial killer drama “Hannibal,” according to TVLine.

Set to play the of role of Dr. Chilton, Esparza (“My Soul to Take”) is expected to appear in at least two episodes. Chilton, Lecter’s jailer, was first played by Benjamin Hendrickson in 1986′s “Manhunter,” followed by Anthony Heald in the films “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Red Dragon.”

“Hannibal,” based on Thomas Harris’ bestselling Hannibal Lecter novels, will premiere midseason with 13 episodes, which will mine background elements from Harris’ book “Red Dragon.”

Written by Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daises,” “Wonderfalls”), the series centers on the infamous cannibal psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), who works with FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) to solve crimes. However, unlike “Silence of the Lambs,” the series begins by exploring Lecter’s time before he exposed his true nature.

David Slade is directing the first episode; he has helmed features such as “30 Days of Night” and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and has directed television episodes from NBC’s drama “Awake” and AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”


‘The Walking Dead’ Names Its Showrunner

“The Walking Dead” supervising producer Scott M. Gimple is poised to replace Glen Mazzara as showrunner and executive producer of AMC’s hit zombie series, according to Deadline.

Gimple (“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” “FlashForward”) is expected to begin work within two weeks on Season 4, while Mazzara – the show’s second boss, following Frank Darabont — finishes post-production on Season 3 before departing.

Both Darabont and Mazzara exited their roles because of creative differences. For Mazzara, rumors point to a possible conflict with executive producer Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic book that the show is based on.

AMC recently commented on Mazzara’s departure, saying: “Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward and conclude that it is best to part ways. This decision is amicable, and Glen will remain on for postproduction on Season 3B as showrunner and executive producer.” Bola88

Gimple, who joined the series in Season 2 and who was Mazzara’s second-in-command, wrote two episodes this season, ”Hounded” and the penultimate episode of Season 3, “This Sorrowful Life.”

“The Walking Dead” follows police officer Grimes as he leads his family and a group of survivors across the country in search of a safe home as zombie hordes threaten their every move.


Jocelin Donahue Takes On ‘Insidious

“House of the Devil” actress Jocelin Donahue has signed aboard James Wan’s “Insidious: Chapter 2,” according to Variety.

Donahue broke into the horror scene with a starring role in Ti West’s 2009 film “The House of the Devil,” and she recently appeared in the film “The End of Love” and has a role in Terrence Malick’s upcoming drama “Knight of Cups.”

Wan (“Saw”) will return to direct, working from a script by Leigh Whannell. The story will continue the tale of the Lambert family as they struggle with evil spirits from a realm called The Further.

Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Lin Shaye will reprise their roles or Josh Lambert, Renai Lambert and Elise Rainier, respectively. Donahue will play a young Lorraine Lambert, a character played in the original by Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon a Time”), who will also return.

Production is now under way in Los Angeles with FilmDistrict and Blumhouse Entertainment spearheading the project. Jason Blum is producing.

“Insidious: Chapter 2,” which arrives in theaters Aug. 30, also stars Ty Simpkins, Whannell, Angus Sampson and Andrew Astor. Agen Sbobet


‘The Vampire Diaries’ Spin-Off Expands Cast

The seeds of the new series will be introduced in the April 25 episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” based on a script by co-creator and executive producer Julie Plec.

“The Originals” follows Klaus (Joseph Morgan) — who has served as a key antagonist in “The Vampire Diaries” since appearing in Season 2 — and the original family of vampires as they return to New Orleans, a place where their history runs deep.

Davis (“The Game”) will play Marcel, a vampire and the diabolical former protégé of Klaus. With a respectable measure of wickedness, strength and charisma, Marcel now spearheads the city’s supernatural underworld.

Meanwhile, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) seeks to help Klaus find redemption and sides with Marcel’s enemies in order to keep his self-destructive brother in line.

Phoebe Tonkin (“The Secret Circle”), who played werewolf Hayley in “The Vampire Diaries,” will also star along with Daniella Pineda (“Newlyweds”).

Davis credits also include ABC Family’s “Switched At Birth” and a recurring role on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” dewa poker