NBC cancels Hannibal after third season

It's disappointing news for culinary horror fans today as NBC's HANNIBAL is taken off the menu. The show, a prequel to SILENCE OF THE LAMBS starring Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, and Mads Mikkelson as the titular Hannibal Lecter, the cannibal gourmand, is currently in the middle of its third season. 

Showrunner Bryan Fuller released a statement, saying:

"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 Cancelation 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.”

Fuller seems to think that the show can find new life somewhere else, but this is a tune we've heard a million times from bereaved showrunners. Perhaps a rogue producer like Netflix or Yahoo can resurrect the fallen series, but until then we can thank our lucky stars that it made it this far and enjoy the remaining episodes of this grimly beautiful show. It ain't over 'til the fat lady's trachea is broiled and salted.

The current season of HANNIBAL will continue to air on Thursday nights at 10 PM with the series finale airing on September 3rd.

Extra Tidbit: How do you think Hannibal will end season three?



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