Fannibals, today is a time to weep. After three amazing seasons, NBC has pulled the plug on Hannibal. TVLine was the first to confirm the sad news on Monday afternoon.
Bryan Fuller, the series’ creator, issued a statement shortly after the news of the cancellation hit the internet.
“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,” said Fuller.
He continued, “[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.”
The Peacock network also released its own statement, showering the show with praises. “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 Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have madeHannibal an incredible experience for audiences around the world.”
Hannibal had been one of NBC’s fall-to-summer bridge series as more broadcasters continued to program originals year-round, and had developed quite the cult status with its legions of fans or Fannibals. The series was also a hit with critics, who praised Fuller for pushing the boundaries of broadcast television with the show’s graphic and visually creative deaths (who often were nightmare inducing as well).
Fans won’t be without without a Fuller production to watch for too long.Fuller, luckily, has his next gig lined up: Starz recently greenlit Neil Gaiman adaptation American Gods to series with Fuller serving as a co-showrunner on the urban fantasy novel that was previously in development at HBO.
The full 13-episode final season of the critically acclaimed Hannibal will run its course on Thursdays at 10 p.m., concluding Sept. 3.
Here’s hoping the show gets a save from another network as it will definitely be missed.