Not everyone shares the same taste in food as Hannibal Lecter, however, we do know that Bryan Fuller‘s “Hannibal” is well-loved by many viewers and critics. It wouldn’t have been named the best TV series of 2014 if it wasn’t for its engaging storyline and stunning visual style. The outstanding performances from the lead actors further earned praises from the critics.

Unfortunately, NBC has lost its interest in the series as the network has made it official that it will not pick up the 4th season of “Hannibal“.

Hannibal - Season 3


The “Silence of the Lamb” prequel series has officially been cancelled by NBC after 3 seasons of stylish, well-choreographed episodes. On a positive note, it is considered an achievement for Fuller as this is the first time his show has made it to Season 3. The shows he previously produced – “Pushing Daisies” and “Wonderfalls” were all gone too soon, despite receiving generally positive reviews from viewers and critics.

So, what caused the cancellation of “Hannibal”?

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that it’s mostly because Fuller and the production team could not obtain the rights to introduce Clarice Starling, a character previously portrayed by Jodie Foster in “Silence of the Lamb”.

Image source: Fashion and Style
Image source: Fashion and Style

In a press statement, Fuller said:

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 Cancelation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers. (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.

NBC also said in the statement:

We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons. 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.

Starring Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, “Hannibal” gained a cult following due to its graphic and visually creative deaths that pushes the boundaries of broadcast television. Despite being critically adored throughout its run, it has always been struggling to find a steady audience. The show finally made its comeback to the small screen earlier this month with 2.57 million total viewers, but the ratings sunk lower the following week and ultimately killed “Hannibal”.


According to Buzzfeed, the show only managed to escape the fate of being cancelled previously due to “international sales and a VOD deal”.

Bryan Fuller
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Fuller isn’t surprised that the show met its ultimate end on NBC because he previously revealed that “he would be surprised if the show will be renewed for the 4th season”. He even told TheWrap that he treats every season of the show “as if it’s the last”:

The first season, if we had ended with Will Graham taking the fall for Hannibal’s crime, that would have been a really bold finale for the series. Same with the second season, if we had left with Hannibal Lecter walking out the door after leaving everyone for dead, that would have been a bold ending to the series. The Season 3 finale is no different.

He added that he will continue to explore Lecter’s story, whether or not the series will get a renewal. In fact, he further revealed that he and his co-producers have some backup plans if NBC ever decided to cancel “Hannibal”.

He said:

There’s a storyline that I want to explore, but the idea for Season 4 is another reinvention of the format and the relationship. If we’re able to do that, then ideally we’d get into “Silence of the Lambs” at the end of Season 4, beginning of Season 5. But all of those plans shift because we just don’t know how much time we’ll get to tell the story, so I’ll be very surprised if there’s a Season 4. As I was with Season 3. As I was with Season 2.

On Twitter, the production company behind the series confirmed the cancellation report and revealed that they are currently looking for a new home for the series with producers Gaumont TV.

The company tweeted:

NBC will air the remaining episodes of “Hannibal” Season 3 on Thursdays at 10pm. The show will reach its end on 3rd September 2015.  As for Fuller, he will serve as a co-showrunner on “American Gods”, an adaptation of urban fantasy novel written by Neil Gaiman that was recently greenlit by Starz.

Are you sad that “Hannibal” has been cancelled? Do you think it should get a season renewal? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

Source: THR

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