NBC has cancelled Hannibal after three seasons, it has been announced.
In a statement released on Monday, the network said, ‘We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons. [Showrunner Bryan Fuller] 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.’
Fuller also said in his own statement, ‘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.’
The announcement was greeted with anger by fans of the addictive TV drama, who immediately began trending the topic on Twitter and asking other networks to pick up the show after it airs its remaining episodes on NBC this summer.
Adapted from Thomas Harris’ novels Red Dragon, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising, Hannibal is about a criminal profiler who gets psychologically sick while investigating a series of bizarre disappearances and murders caused by a Chesapeake Ripper. He then ends up under the supervision of psychiatrist Hannibal, who, of course, is the Chesapeake Ripper.