" I love the messing with time ploy. Saw it done once on - I think - Criminal Minds, or maybe a CSI episode."
How about "Mission Impossible" (from the late 60's)? This was a classic MI scam which was done more than once in that series. Not only the faking of the actual time but the phony/faked TV report was one of their tricks. I spotted the Mission Impossible setup and sat down to watch the scam progress.
I have to check but I do not think that her original intent was to sell the baby (she did not know that she was even pregnant originally). She wanted to get her powers back and the price turned out to be selling the baby in exchange for the return of her powers. The highest bidder issue came from the two people she was dealing with wanting to be the one to broker the deal.
Since they are just using the characters but telling an alternate version of the story, the fact that he was not killed until the end of Silence of the Lambs (at the end of that book, Hannibal is off to kill him after the book ends) does not count. All it means is that his story is over and he will not appear if the show gets renewed and they go to a new plot-line. There are a large number of plotting differences between this show's plot and that which occurred in Red Dragon (which the credits state the show was inspired by).
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