NBC Cancels Hannibal


by: S. Scott Stanikmas

With so much to watch and read, it happens that some things fall through the cracks only to get picked up later on. Such was the case with me and the delicious show that was Hannibal. Even after rave reviews, the late Friday night “death slot” is a tough thing to get around and I still put it on the backburner. Thankfully Blu-ray gives all good things a second chance and I’m kicking myself in the ass for not having watched from episode one.

Hannibal is that rare show that presents itself as a police procedural but ends up being so much more. The cases that get investigated don’t just take a back seat to the mental game of chess between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter, they get waded up into a little ball and tossed out the window sometimes.

Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen are just simply brilliant, which is why it breaks my heart to read that NBC has cancelled the show effective with the end of the third season.

The following press release says it all:

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.

Showrunner Bryan Fuller had the following 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.

You could almost see the writing on the wall. With season one being named after French cuisine and season 2 Japanese, it would only make sense for the third season to follow suit, But changing from Italian dishes to naming episodes after the Red Dragon series of paintings halfway through the season seems like the channel was rushing through the storyline to get to a reasonable finish.

At least Fuller’s words give encouragement for the show being picked up elsewhere, most likely a streaming provider like Hulu or Amazon or even a smaller network like Starz.

Until those dreams become a reality, we’ve always got the reruns to keep us entertained.

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