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Grab Some Chianti: NBC’s Hannibal Has Been Canceled

I hear that TV exec brains are very tasty...


It’s time to say goodbye. NBC just announced that Hannibal will not be renewed for a fourth season.

Despite critical acclaim (not to mention a ton of friends of mine talking my ear off about it non-stop), the show never got the ratings it needed to survive. As reported by BuzzFeed, show creator Bryan Fuller had this to say about the cancellation:

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.

Hmmm. Does this mean that they’re exploring other options for the series so it can continue? In this day and (digital) age, that doesn’t surprise me. In today’s entertainment landscape, “cancellation” often simply means “putting the show on hold until you can find a better, more viable platform for it.” The show has a devoted cult following, and an amazing story and cast. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see our favorite cannibal again soon.

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