The television show about Hannibal Lecter has been axed after only 3 seasons.
The show starred Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson. It enjoyed a cult following and positive reviews. However, it suffered with modest viewing figures. As such, it will not be picked up by NBC for a fourth season.
Deadline confirms, the drama will be over once the third season finishes airing (they already finished filming and had their wrap party). Noting that, despite its inability to gain mass appeal, the show “did well on DVR, on-demand and social media”.
Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller had “no deal” to continue past season 3. He did, however, express interest in being involved if the show had continued. He released a statement:
“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.”
NBC released a statement about the end of the show:
“We have been tremendously proud of ‘Hannibal’ over its three seasons.
[Hannibal creator 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.”
UPDATE: According to an editor for The Hollywood Reporter:
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