NBC has announced that it is cancelling their cult hit ‘Hannibal’ and its third season will be its last. Despite a devoted fanbase, broad appeal for the series just never materialized. While a lot of people are obviously disappointed, series creator, Bryan Fuller, sounds grateful for the time they had. “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.” Indeed, while ‘Hannibal’ got great reviews, it really never has gotten great ratings. Most other shows with the rating ‘Hannibal’ had would have been canned after their first season, not their third.
NBC, for it’s part, seems almost genuinely sad they’re letting the series go.
“We have been tremendously proud of ‘Hannibal’ over its three seasons. Bryan 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.”
Despite this news and landing a gig as one of the showrunners for the newly announced ‘American Gods‘ show with Starz, Fuller isn’t giving up on his baby. After encouraging fans on Twitter to continue watching the last ten episodes of ‘Hannibal’ on Thursdays, he started the #SaveHannibal hashtag. DeLaurentiis Co, the production company behind ‘Hannibal’ also mentioned on Twitter that “others have expressed interest in partnering with” them to keep making the series and that they “are exploring other options for future seasons.”
#Hannibal was always in danger of cancellation due to subject matter, and others have expressed interest in partnering with us.
— DeLaurentiis Co (@DeLaurentiisCo) June 22, 2015
Current speculation is that Amazon would be the most likely candidate to continue the series, since they currently have the streaming rights for the first two seasons, but that’s no guarantee. The hit sitcom ‘Community’ was picked up for a sixth season by Yahoo, even though it didn’t look like they had the streaming rights to the first five seasons.
So what do you think? Are you a Hannibal fan, or was it just too gruesome for you? Are you hoping it gets picked up by someone else, or could you care less? Let us know in the comments below.
Hannibal airs on NBC on Thursdays at 10/9c.