It’s official! NBC has axed their critically-acclaimed fancy cooking show, otherwise known as Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal.
Here’s what Fuller had to say about the news:
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.
NBC’s statement reads:
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.
I can’t say I’m entirely surprised. Despite being a critical darling, Hannibal‘s ratings have never been great and the show hit a series low with “Primavera,” raking in a meager 1.66 viewers. It had a pretty good run, all things considered.
The final 10 episodes of season 3 will still be airing at 10pm on Thursday nights on NBC.
As is with all TV cancellations these days, a hashtag has been made (#SaveHannibal), there’s talk of getting the show renewed on other networks (executive producer Martha De Laurentiis has been actively promoting it on Twitter, saying “we are exploring options with other potential partners”), and there’s probably a petition or twenty floating around. Personally I’m not too eaten up by this cancellation; I’ll tune in for the rest of the season, and I’ll always cherish the grisly imagery Hannibal provides, but it’s no skin off my back if season three is truly the last.
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