NBC has announced that they have officially cancelled “Hannibal” after three seasons, opting not to pick up the show for a fourth season.
In a statement by the network, NBC says: “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 made ‘Hannibal’ an incredible experience for audiences around the world.”
Show runner Bryan Fuller has offered 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 big question now is whether Fuller and co. will take the series elsewhere. In the past, numerous networks and streaming services have reportedly expressed interest in picking up the series should NBC drop it. This end may be just the beginning.