It’s quite frankly a miracle that Hannibal has lasted three seasons on NBC, as it’s not only incredibly graphic but it’s also unfortunately not the kind of show that appeals to the masses – who are mostly hungry for dumbed-down reality TV. So it kind of comes as no surprise that the third season will be the last.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the incredibly upsetting news tonight, revealing that NBC will not renew Hannibal for a fourth season. The network hasn’t yet cited a reason as to why, though we can only assume it’s because of the depressingly low viewing numbers Season 3 has been pulling in.
“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,” creator Bryan Fuller said in a statement. “[NBC Entertainment exec] 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.”
“We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons,” added 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 [producers] Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made Hannibal an incredible experience for audiences around the world.”
Fortunately, the cancellation of Hannibal doesn’t mean that the already filmed third season will be cut short, so we still have several more weeks of the show to enjoy. Season 3 doesn’t wrap up until September 3rd, and all of us here on iHorror hope that you savor this tasty meal while it lasts.
Furthermore, we hope you’ve enjoyed every second of Hannibal, while we’ve been lucky enough to have it in our lives. Unlike anything else that’s ever been on television, Hannibal has been nothing short of an absolute gift, and so I encourage you to be happy for the time we had with it.
And who knows. Perhaps Hannibal will live to dine again, sometime in the near future. There’s always the possibility that another network will pick up the series, so here’s hoping.