NBC has made it official, opting not to pick up a fourth season of its well received drama Hannibal. Despite good reviews and devoted cult following, Hannibal could not grow into a broad network show. Likely more suited for cable, it did well on DVR, on-demand and social media. The writing had been on the wall, with NBC opting to hold Season 3 for the summer, where the drama has delivered soft ratings.
Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller, who had no deal to run the series beyond Season 3, just landed his next series, American Gods at Starz, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s contemporary fantasy novel, which Fuller adapted with Michael Green. Still, he had been willing to continue to be involved had the series stayed on. In light of the cancellation news, Fuller, was gracious, praising NBC for its support.
“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,” Fuller said. 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.”
Here is NBC’s 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 Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made ‘Hannibal’ an incredible experience for audiences around the world.”
- Nellie Andreeva/Deadline.com