We always knew Hannibal was too good for network television, so let’s turn
lemons into lemonade executives into dinner. In what’s an inexplicable (if not entirely understandable from a ratings point of view) move to any fan of the show, NBC announced the series will not return for a fourth season. Ever-humble and graceful, Bryan Fuller responded to the news in his usual eloquent fashion:
“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 [NBC president] 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.”
Of course, we know Fuller (who created a 7-season menu planned) has said he had other options at other times, so I’m going to choose to view this as Hannibal himself would, given
similar his own disastrous needs — as an opportunity for a new start in a new place. Neflix? Do you hear our call?
Meanwhile, I await the gruesome gifs I know my fellow fans will post below this semi-shocking announcement.
(H/T Ryan Ambrose)
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***Updated: Bryan Fuller makes his Season 4 plan known:
“”My idea for Season 4 was perhaps one of the coolest yet. So I would love to do it in some capacity.
It would have explored the Hannibal-Will Graham relationship in a much deeper fashion than the series ever has before.”
(via TV Line)