After three seasons, the feast will come to an end.
NBC confirmed to Buzzfeed that Hannibal was not renewed for a fourth season, though the third, still only four episodes into its run, will continue throughout the summer.
“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 Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller in a statement. “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.”
Since its inception, Hannibal has received almost unanimous critical praise, mostly for it’s aesthetics, visuals and the way it made human organs look somewhat appetizing (though some of us here at tvDownload needed a bit more substance behind the surface). Nonetheless, the show’s third season has drawn series low ratings, with its latest scoring 1.8 million viewers, and a .5 in the key 18-to-49 demo.
Still, this is 2015 where “cancelled” rarely means cancelled. Just ask Community, or the Mindy Project, or hell ask Family Guy twice. Hannibal executive producer Martha de Laurentiis confirmed to Buzzfeed the possibility that the show will find a home elsewhere.
“NBC has been a wonderful home for three seasons of Hannibal, and we still have 10 mind-blowing episodes taking Hannibal and Will into uncharted terrain,” Ms. De Laurentiis said. “We believe that after they air, audiences’ hunger for the fourth chapter of this saga will be incredible, and are presently exploring other distribution options with our creative team and our partners at Gaumont Television.”
In the meantime, perhaps viewers can seek solace in a newer, less cannibalistic Hannibal.