If you’re a fan of the current stories featuring Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham airing on broadcast TV, then we’ve got some bad news to report today.
According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has decided to cancel “Hannibal” after three seasons. While the show made it this far, it was always up on the chopping block on the network for its somewhat limited performance in the ratings. Although one of NBC’s most critically acclaimed current series, word came down this afternoon about its fate. NBC said in a statement,
We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons. [Showrunner Bryan Fuller] and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none in all of television — broadcast or cable. We thank Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made Hannibal an incredible experience for audiences around the world.
Bryan Fuller himself also released a statement on the series coming to an end, saying,
NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers. Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.
While stranger things have happened in the past than a canceled television series being brought back on another network or other entertainment service, it’s far too early to determine if “Hannibal” has a future beyond NBC. Still, the series has certainly carved a unique niche for itself as a clever and unpredictable adaptation of Thomas Harris’ characters, with a photography style and production design that was often as beautiful as it was gruesome. “Hannibal’s” third season is slated to come to an end upon the airing of its 13th episode later this year.
For any possible future developments on this series, keep an eye on GeekNation.
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