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NBC Cancels ‘Hannibal’

NBC Cancels 'Hannibal'

Well, this is terrible! I was just getting into the series, after binge-watching the first 2 seasons earlier this month, in preparation for season 3, which premiered on June 4. 

NBC has canceled its lush, deliciously macabre thriller, “Hannibal,” a critically-acclaimed fan favorite, just 3 episodes into its third season.

Why? 

“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,” series creator Bryan Fuller said in a statement. “[NBC 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.”

NBC issued its own statement, saying: “We have been tremendously proud ofHannibal 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 Hannibalan incredible experience for audiences around the world.”

Hannibal‘s current third season has been off to a less than desired ratings start. The most recent June 11 episode drew a series-low 1.7 million viewers.

‘Hannibal’ is based on the characters from the novel ‘Red Dragon’ by Thomas Harris and was developed for television by Bryan Fuller, who also serves as writer and executive producer.

From the first season, Hugh Dancy has starred as expert criminal profiler Will Graham, with a unique ability to peer into the mind of serial killers. Mads Mikkelsen is Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the psychiatrist who has helped with the cases, and is also a serial killer himself.

Laurence Fishburne stars as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit.

Gina Torres, real-life wife of Fishburne, played Fishburne’s wife in the series during the first 2 seasons.

Gillian Anderson also co-stars.

Maybe Netflix will pick it up, as they’ve done with other canceled series…

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