The news that fannibals the world over had been dreading has been confirmed: NBC will not be renewing Hannibal, with Season 3 set to be its last.
Despite being a critical hit and having spawned a dedicated fan base (no less than yours truly deemed it worthy to adorn the cover of issue 106), it’s no secret that its ratings have been never been the strongest, so while this news is undoubtedly bad, it’s not entirely unexpected.
Making this even more gut-wrenching is the timing, with fan anticipation at an all-time high, Season 3 having just started airing. Still, at least it gives the show time to wrap things up. It’s already proved its willingness to deviate from Thomas Harris’s source material, so who knows what will happen.
Despite the bad news, Bryan Fuller remained upbeat, saying in a statement: “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… [Entertainment president] 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.”
For their part, NBC said, “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.”
Still, all is not lost. We still have 11 episodes to go, and with Fuller set to board Neil Gaiman adaptation American Gods as showrunner, it looks like we may have a ready-made replacement. Bon appetit…
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