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Damnit. That was honestly the first word that came to my mind upon reading the news that I’m about to report on. After all, we here at iHorror love us some Hannibal, hence our selection of it as the best TV show of 2014 in our year end awards. With shows like The Walking Dead and Constantine kicking ass every week, earning the title of best horror series of the year is no easy feat. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll all have to wait a while longer to get our next fix of the good doctor’s mind games.

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In an interview conducted earlier today, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt broke the news that Hannibal’s third season won’t premiere until sometime this summer. This runs in contrast to the horror/drama’s first two seasons, which premiered in April and February respectively. Fans had naturally assumed that season three would debut along the same time frame, but that will now not be the case.

For his part, Greenblatt insists that Hannibal’s move to summer is not a sign that NBC is unhappy with the show, and is instead a portent of the network’s plans to place added focus on its summer offerings in 2015. Whether this is indeed true, or just Greenblatt not wanting to scare Hannibal fans away from supporting the new season is anyone’s guess, as channel’s tend not to publicly admit when they’ve lost confidence in a program.

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If nothing else, this move could end up being a blessing in disguise for Hannibal fans, as the relative lack of dramatic competition on the broadcast networks during the summer could finally lead to a situation where Bryan Fuller’s exquisitely grotesque vision is exposed to a larger audience. Hannibal is a show that demands to be watched, an unflinching display of madness and the macabre that deserves every last eyeball it can garner. If you’re not watching, you’re missing out.