Not only will Jack Crawford be back in
Season 3, but the actor who plays him also expects to be in the whole season.
Laurence Fishburne confirms his filming schedule with
on Tuesday (July 16) after he revealed earlier in the day that he will be
splitting his time
between his new ABC comedy
and "Hannibal" in the 2014-15 season.
"It won't be a thing where I have to travel that much. I'll do the 'Black-ish' work at the beginning of the season in August/September, and then I think the 'Hannibal' season begins at some time in October, and I'll just go and do that," Fishburne says at ABC's summer TV press tour party. "['Hannibal' creator Bryan Fuller] knows what my schedule is and he knows what my commitments are, and so he's been kind enough to accommodate them."
Three main characters were on the brink of death in the "Hannibal" Season 2 finale, with Crawford being one of them. Fishburne's commitment to Season 3 proves that Jack "will be back," but he expects his continued presence on the show through future seasons isn't contingent on Jack's story arc in the Thomas Harris novels that the NBC drama is based on.
Fishburne hasn't seen any scripts for Season 3 yet, and doesn't anticipate he will "probably until late September." He does have a broad sense of what the new season will be, and teases, "It will be very different, and it will be very dark."
"I just know that Bryan is working on something, and he's got some ideas. Generally speaking, I trust him to do something and to come up with something really interesting," Fishburne says of Fuller. "Bryan's a genius.
was some of the smartest stuff I'd ever seen on television."
, "Hannibal" walked away without any Emmy nominations for the 2014 awards show. Though it's hard to argue that at least the visual effects team was worthy of a nomination, Fishburne says the snub isn't getting anyone on the "Hannibal" team down.
"I'm very happy, because our show is beautiful. It's well-written, it's well-acted. The Emmys are wonderful. We didn't get nominated. It's not the end of the world, it just didn't happen," he says. "That's not going to stop us from doing what we do, and trying to make the best shows we can."