Shortly after the beginning of its third season and hot on the heels of Hannibal’s lowest ratings yet, NBC has made the decision to pull the plug on the artsy horror-thriller. It’s really no surprise given that Hannibal has never been a particularly popular show, but it nonetheless comes as a blow to fans like myself who’ve grown to love the show’s rather horrifying gory charms. Both Hannibal’s creator, Bryan Fuller, and a random NBC PR minion have issued statements on the issue, and we’ve got them here for you to devour for yourselves.
Bryan Fuller had this to say on Hannibal’s last meal:
“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 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, for their part, had some nice PR swill for us to endure:
“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.”
It’s worth noting that NBC will still air all of season 3’s final 13 episodes, so it’s not like we’re being left out in the cold. Still, I can’t help but hope that some company like Amazon (they stream the show) will swoop in and save it. I definitely see Hannibal as a very finite series, but I’m thinking it has a little life in its veins beyond season 3.
What do you fine young cannibals think? Is NBC making a big mistake or is Hannibal ripe to be served up himself? Let us know in the comments!