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Laurence Fishburne to Return to Hannibal Despite New Series

When the news broke this spring that Laurence Fishburne, who currently stars on Hannibal as Jack Crawford, was joining the cast of the new ABC comedy Black-ish there was some serious wringing of hands that Jack might not be a part of the third season of Hannibal. And when Hannibal ended its second season with nearly every major character on the brink of death, it seemed to be a sign that Fishburne would be indeed moving on from the NBC drama. But rest assured Hannibal fans, Jack Crawford will be back for at least some of season three- in some capacity.

At the recent ABC Upfront presentation (the annual summer event- which also has a winter counterpart- wherein all the major networks and cable outlets tout their new and returning programs), Fishburne announced that he would be doing double duty this fall, appearing in both Hannibal and Black-ish.

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“I’m not going to do a full season of Hannibal this year, and I’m not going to do a full season of Black-ish which will keep me free enough for both, to have fun and to contribute as best I can,” Fishburne told reporters. “It’s not a problem. It works out just fine.”

So, it looks like we haven’t seen the last of Jack Crawford. Although, whether or not he will be reappearing alive and unscathed is still up in the air.

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