Have no fear, the review of episode three of Hannibal, from its third series, will be on the site tomorrow, but unfortunately news from the US tells us that NBC, the show’s home network, has cancelled the show. It’s a hard one to, erm, stomach because it’s such a great series – so well made and brim-full of incredible performances – and, predictably, an army of Twitter fans have voiced its frustrations. But should we be really surprised?
Yes and no. Yes, because of the production values and talent attached to the show. But no because there have always been rumours, strong rumours, that NBC was going to stick a fork in it as early series one, but bowed to fan pressure.
The fact is that there’s nothing like Hannibal on the box, and it never felt a good fit with a mainstream network. Its hallucinatory imagery, extreme gore and claustrophobic, nightmarish feel made it flawed and hugely disturbing but also beautiful to look at, but also too much of everything for a network.
NBC issued this statement:
We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons. Bryan [Fuller] 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.
The fact of the matter was that Hannibal, for all its critical acclaim, was doing the business when it comes to numbers and this third series had been attracting all-time low audiences.
There is hope, however. The show’s Producer, Martha De Laurentiis, told Buzzfeed:
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. 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.
Better keep that place at the table…
UPDATE: Show creator, Bryan Fuller has told TV Line that:
My idea for Season 4 was perhaps one of the coolest yet. So I would love to do it in some capacity. It would have explored the Hannibal-Will Graham relationship in a much deeper fashion than the series ever has before.
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