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‘Hannibal’ Canceled by NBC, But Bryan Fuller Hopes to ‘Dine Again’

'Hannibal' Canceled by NBC, But Bryan Fuller Hopes to 'Dine Again'

After two full seasons of low ratings and a third season that didn’t show marked improvement, NBC has officially axed the critically-hailed series, “Hannibal.”

“We have been tremendously proud of ‘Hannibal’ over its three seasons,” read a statement released by NBC. “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.”

Based on Thomas Harris’ characters, the horror prequel to “The Silence of the Lambs” lasted longer than many expected. It posted a series low in ratings after its third episode of the new season, a bad omen for an already struggling series, but Fuller still thanked the National Broadcast Company for sticking with the show in a statement of his own.

“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,” Fuller said. “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.”

Fuller is clearly indicating he hopes the series will be picked up by another network, streaming service or anyone willing to foot the bills for his beloved series. Buzzfeed News reached out to series producer Martha De Laurentiis and confirmed “Hannibal’s” producers will try to revive it elsewhere.

“NBC has been a wonderful home for three seasons of ‘Hannibal,’ and we still have 10 mind-blowing episodes taking Hannibal and Will into uncharted terrain.” De Laurentiis wrote to Buzzfeed. “We believe that after they air, audiences’ hunger for the fourth chapter of this saga will be incredible, and are presently exploring other distribution options with our creative team and our partners at Gaumont Television.”

Given the cult following around the show and the adoration shown to it by critics, “Hannibal” stands as good a chance as any series to be saved. Fuller is currently gearing up to co-showrun the new Starz drama “American Gods,” but that wouldn’t necessarily keep him from committing another season (or more) to “Hannibal.” Given the shortened seasons (13 versus the network’s traditional 24-episode orders) and shared responsibilities, Fuller could keep his highly-valued hands in both series.

READ MORE: Review: How ‘Hannibal’ Season 3 Sets the Table for a Wholly Different Meal

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