NBC To Cancel ‘HANNIBAL’ After Season 3
As I type this I am reeling over the fact that NBC has cancelled my favorite current airing show, Hannibal. Created by Bryan Fuller, Hannibal was the one show of his to last more than two seasons. I call it the Bryan Fuller Curse as all of his shows (all GREAT shows) always get the ax after their first or second season. Hannibal made it to three and I was excited…but that also meant it was in huge danger. It broke the pattern!
Sure enough, it was announced today that NBC has decided to leave the show behind and not renew it for a fourth season. But let’s not lose hope yet, Fannibals. The show might get picked up elsewhere.
“#Hannibal was always in danger of cancellation due to subject matter, and others have expressed interest in partnering with us,” – DeLaurentiis Co. tweeted.
Bryan had this to say:
“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 I can totally understand that it was over stepping a few boundaries for a cable show, I am happy that they don’t want to keep it and cut out what makes this show so great. So here is hoping that whoever might pick the show up will let them continue on this path. As graphic as the show is, it’s what makes it the visual masterpiece that it is. It’s what tells the story. It’s what got everyone engaged and how we all became Fannibals.
The great news is that all of the episodes will be airing so they won’t be cutting is off cold turkey. We’ll get to the Red Dragon story after all. Here is hoping the DVD has some great extra footage for us too!
Until then, #SaveHannibal guys! Let them know we want to keep it on air even if it means switching networks. We don’t want this to be the last season. It’s got too much to offer and so much more storytelling to do.
Hannibal airs Thursdays nights at 10/9C