Duluth in ‘Hannibal’

Actor Laurence Fishburne (left) plays Jack Crawford and actor Mads Mikkelsen portrays Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the NBC crime drama “Hannibal,” which premiered Thursday, April 4, 2013. (Brooke Palmer / NBC, Associated Press)

Duluth made an appearance on the premiere episode of the NBC show “Hannibal” on Thursday — well, at least it did by name.

The episode centered on an FBI investigation into the — purely fictional — serial killings of eight women from college campuses throughout Minnesota, with the last one occurring in Duluth, where a portion of the episode “took place.” The show’s characters, including Dr. Hannibal Lecter, attempt to find a killer nicknamed the “Minnesota Shrike.” There’s even a reference to “a genius at the Duluth PD” who took a photo of a victim that found its way onto the Internet.

The full episode can be viewed on the NBC website.