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After three stellar seasons, NBC has cancelled Hannibal

06.22.2015

Well shit, that's not how I wanted to start my afternoon; in an unsurprising yet still deeply unfortunate bit of news, NBC has elected not to move forward with a fourth season of the best show you're apparently not watching. Hannibal, which is currently airing its third season, has been cancelled by NBC.

Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller took the news as well as could be expected and praised NBC for the great freedom they gave himself and the show over its three season:

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.

An NBC spokesperson also chimed in:

We have been tremendously proud of ‘Hannibal’ over its three seasons,” NBC said in a statement. “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.

Before we all start sliding into a deep depression it's important to note that while NBC does broadcast the show it does not produce it; Gaumont International Television handles that honour so it's entirely possible that they may already be in the process of shopping the show around to other networks or streaming services. We've seen more than several shows gain a second chance via this route so fingers crossed that we haven't seen the last of Hannibal.

Despite the cancellation, Hannibal will finish out the entirety of its third season Thursday nights on NBC.

Source: Deadline

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1:25AM on 06/24/2015

Fear not!

Schmoes and fans this might be the greatest thing that ever happened to the show! As great as this show is it will undoubtedly find its way to a better network who actually cares and it shall rise out of the ashes.
Schmoes and fans this might be the greatest thing that ever happened to the show! As great as this show is it will undoubtedly find its way to a better network who actually cares and it shall rise out of the ashes.
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4:11PM on 06/23/2015
We the fans know Hannibal would have kept going if it were originally airing on Starz, Cinemax, HBO or Showtime. Like others said below my comment, Hannibal pushed the boundaries on network television by combining psychological intellect with unprecedented gore and violence. Sadly the majority of our countries audience were tuned into crappy sitcoms instead, failing to see just how much of a masterpiece and breakthrough Hannibal was for network television. Many viewers over the years have
We the fans know Hannibal would have kept going if it were originally airing on Starz, Cinemax, HBO or Showtime. Like others said below my comment, Hannibal pushed the boundaries on network television by combining psychological intellect with unprecedented gore and violence. Sadly the majority of our countries audience were tuned into crappy sitcoms instead, failing to see just how much of a masterpiece and breakthrough Hannibal was for network television. Many viewers over the years have complained about how the MPAA dictates what we can and cannot watch. By Hannibal not succeeding is only going to make the MPAA case stronger for existing. They'll (MPAA) will say that Hannibal failed to bring in good viewership ratings because people thought it was to violent. I have been told by many who gave Hannibal a try but stopped watching since they wanted to shut off their brains after coming home from their mundane jobs. This is why the masses settles with stupid sitcoms that require little to no intellect. Before you fault me for generalizing. The bad ratings Hannibal received validates my thoughts and opinion. Hopefully a movie channel will recognize the talent wasted especially Bryan Fuller and pick this show up and allow it to run its full course.
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12:21PM on 06/23/2015
This is one of the only shows I watch, dammit. I love this show.
But I have to give props to NBC for airing it; it's certainly the most gruesome show I've ever seen on network TV. I'm just grateful it lasted 3 seasons. Even better if it's picked up elsewhere.
This is one of the only shows I watch, dammit. I love this show.
But I have to give props to NBC for airing it; it's certainly the most gruesome show I've ever seen on network TV. I'm just grateful it lasted 3 seasons. Even better if it's picked up elsewhere.
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10:50AM on 06/23/2015
Yah NBC is pussin out and its going to bit them in the ass big time. The big 3 are dead and when this gets picked up by Amazon, Netflicks, AMC, etc and goes on to 10 seasons multiple emmys and other kudos and millions of dollars in advertising revenue they will be shitting their pants. But the big three are the networks of the past and have to deal with that, soon they will be irrelevant.
Yah NBC is pussin out and its going to bit them in the ass big time. The big 3 are dead and when this gets picked up by Amazon, Netflicks, AMC, etc and goes on to 10 seasons multiple emmys and other kudos and millions of dollars in advertising revenue they will be shitting their pants. But the big three are the networks of the past and have to deal with that, soon they will be irrelevant.
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8:38AM on 06/23/2015
This is where Netflix needs to step in. I watched the first season on Netflix and have been watching it on a weekly basis starting with season 2. It's easily the best crime type of drama on network TV. Scratch that, it's easily the best scripted hour-long on network TV right now. It's a shame that it will be ending on NBC, but Netflix should definitely step in and get the rights for more seasons.
This is where Netflix needs to step in. I watched the first season on Netflix and have been watching it on a weekly basis starting with season 2. It's easily the best crime type of drama on network TV. Scratch that, it's easily the best scripted hour-long on network TV right now. It's a shame that it will be ending on NBC, but Netflix should definitely step in and get the rights for more seasons.
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7:56AM on 06/23/2015
And this is why primetime TV blows. Shows like this deserves better and should have been on Netflix from day one. Best show on TV period, pleeease someone pick it up.
And this is why primetime TV blows. Shows like this deserves better and should have been on Netflix from day one. Best show on TV period, pleeease someone pick it up.
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2:49AM on 06/23/2015
Well to defend NBC for a second, they did what no other network TV show has ever done with this series. This series felt like a cable or streaming series content wise, and thats saying a lot for a network to have the balls to do it. The show just didn't garner the ratings, and unlike most other shows NBC gave this one a chance to redeem itself. It sucks and its a shame, but I have a strong feeling this will be picked up by Netflix or another service.
Well to defend NBC for a second, they did what no other network TV show has ever done with this series. This series felt like a cable or streaming series content wise, and thats saying a lot for a network to have the balls to do it. The show just didn't garner the ratings, and unlike most other shows NBC gave this one a chance to redeem itself. It sucks and its a shame, but I have a strong feeling this will be picked up by Netflix or another service.
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2:13AM on 06/23/2015

Amazon Prime

I wonder if Amazon is still interested in picking up the series? Before NBC renewed Hannibal for a second season, there was talk about how Amazon was happy with how the show was being received on Amazon Prime and they were planning on picking it up if NBC dropped it. I hope this still happens, because most of my viewing experience of Hannibal has been streaming it through Amazon Prime. They also have the exclusive streaming rights for the series, so it makes sense over Netflix.
I wonder if Amazon is still interested in picking up the series? Before NBC renewed Hannibal for a second season, there was talk about how Amazon was happy with how the show was being received on Amazon Prime and they were planning on picking it up if NBC dropped it. I hope this still happens, because most of my viewing experience of Hannibal has been streaming it through Amazon Prime. They also have the exclusive streaming rights for the series, so it makes sense over Netflix.
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12:43AM on 06/23/2015
Bullshit. This show has been amazing. Come on Netflix, pick it up.
Bullshit. This show has been amazing. Come on Netflix, pick it up.
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11:54PM on 06/22/2015
NBC YOU SUCK!
NBC YOU SUCK!
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11:47PM on 06/22/2015

Best show on TV

Way to fuck it up NBC!

Bryan Fuller, you are the man. Don't give up...
Way to fuck it up NBC!

Bryan Fuller, you are the man. Don't give up...
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11:43PM on 06/22/2015

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

FUCK YOU NBC!!!!
FUCK YOU NBC!!!!
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11:30PM on 06/22/2015
well that SUCKS! I guess we can look forward to more of those trash reality shows they see fit to keep going for decades. :(
well that SUCKS! I guess we can look forward to more of those trash reality shows they see fit to keep going for decades. :(
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10:26PM on 06/22/2015
I like how NBC Rep states, "We have been tremendously proud of ‘Hannibal’ over its three seasons.”... but yet they cancel it. Kind of an oxymoron if you ask me.
I like how NBC Rep states, "We have been tremendously proud of ‘Hannibal’ over its three seasons.”... but yet they cancel it. Kind of an oxymoron if you ask me.
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9:57PM on 06/22/2015

Gut punch.

The worst news since Christopher Lee's death.
The worst news since Christopher Lee's death.
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8:28PM on 06/22/2015

This is just rude!

And Hannibal will eat the rude! Seriously this is one of my favorite shows, completely different to anything on TV: visually stunning and creepy, hopefully Netflix or another company picks the show to bring the RED DRAGON story arc to a close and have the series the proper ending it deserves!
And Hannibal will eat the rude! Seriously this is one of my favorite shows, completely different to anything on TV: visually stunning and creepy, hopefully Netflix or another company picks the show to bring the RED DRAGON story arc to a close and have the series the proper ending it deserves!
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2:08AM on 06/23/2015
I thought the plan was for the Red Dragon story arc to end this season, which will be shown in its entirety. At least, that was the impression I got from interviews with the production team.
I thought the plan was for the Red Dragon story arc to end this season, which will be shown in its entirety. At least, that was the impression I got from interviews with the production team.
7:59PM on 06/22/2015
That is just sad.
That is just sad.
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7:50PM on 06/22/2015
That's really disappointing. It's miles ahead of most of the shows still on air. Hopefully Netflix or Showtime picks it up.
That's really disappointing. It's miles ahead of most of the shows still on air. Hopefully Netflix or Showtime picks it up.
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7:46PM on 06/22/2015

What the sh%t?

In the same league as American Horror Story and Dexter. Almost as good as Game of Thrones and the first season of True Detective. I got plenty of people hooked on it and now they're all gonna be super pissed at me. I don't blame NBC it was nearly perfect. The only thing I can say is that when the show first came out nobody seemed interested. I thought to myself how good could a Hannibal tv show be because it would be tame……..I was wrong. I said how long can you make zombies interesting before
In the same league as American Horror Story and Dexter. Almost as good as Game of Thrones and the first season of True Detective. I got plenty of people hooked on it and now they're all gonna be super pissed at me. I don't blame NBC it was nearly perfect. The only thing I can say is that when the show first came out nobody seemed interested. I thought to myself how good could a Hannibal tv show be because it would be tame……..I was wrong. I said how long can you make zombies interesting before the Walking Dead and now I'm ready for the dumb spinoff. Its kinda like that…...
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7:45PM on 06/22/2015

They cancelled the best show on television...

That statement says everything you ever need to know about NBC. At least at the present. So I will be boycotting the SHITE out of NBC for the foreseeable future.
That statement says everything you ever need to know about NBC. At least at the present. So I will be boycotting the SHITE out of NBC for the foreseeable future.
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10:28PM on 06/22/2015
NBC must have hired a Fox representative.
NBC must have hired a Fox representative.
6:48PM on 06/22/2015
Does NBC have any good shows anymore? The last time I watched that channel was when they still had Community, which they also got rid of. From what I heard, Hannibal was one of the better shows they still had left. Not sure who is making decisions over there.
Does NBC have any good shows anymore? The last time I watched that channel was when they still had Community, which they also got rid of. From what I heard, Hannibal was one of the better shows they still had left. Not sure who is making decisions over there.
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6:51PM on 06/22/2015
Viewers make the decisions. I love Hannibal but the ratings are terrible for a network series. This show belongs on Netflix...
Viewers make the decisions. I love Hannibal but the ratings are terrible for a network series. This show belongs on Netflix...
7:09PM on 06/22/2015
To be fair, the ratings were pretty terrible. I doubt that many other channels would have stuck with it for so long, or would have allowed the graphic violence.
To be fair, the ratings were pretty terrible. I doubt that many other channels would have stuck with it for so long, or would have allowed the graphic violence.
6:43PM on 06/22/2015

:(

Maybe Netflix will pick it up. Everyone I told to go watch loved it. Bummer.
Maybe Netflix will pick it up. Everyone I told to go watch loved it. Bummer.
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