The drama will end after Season 3.
June 22, 2015
NBC announced today that Hannibal is being canceled after three seasons. The move doesn't come as a complete surprise after Season 3 premiered at series-low ratings earlier this month, only to fall further in the two episodes following.
The network issued a press release with the following statement: “We have been tremendously proud of ‘Hannibal’ over its three seasons. 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.”
It appears as if the network will continue to air Season 3 through its full episode order, which still leaves 10 episodes remaining for fans to enjoy during the summer months.
09/01/15 at 10:26am
I have been slowly watching this final season. And now that I am further into it. NBC made a terrible decision. It's true the fist three episodes made almost no sense as to where this year was going. But the new Dragon Killer twist is fantastic. This character is just as bad if not worse than Hannibal himself. If this show could be picked up by a pay channel like HBO or Showtime. And had the freedom to really write over the top scripts. It would be all that much better. Sad to see a show that could be at a higher level not get that chance because short sighted profit hungry execs don't get it.
07/27/15 at 10:51pm
Maybe if the idiots at NBC put it online like they did Aquarius, it would've gained better ratings. I HOPE it gets picked up by another network.
07/24/15 at 04:16am
Here's the thing... the show is FANTASTIC without commercials and with the ability to watch multiple episodes in a sitting. Commercial TV inherently ruins taught drama/thrillers. Just the nature of the broadcasting. That's generally why pay channels or Netflix, without commercials, have better dramas (True Detective, Orange is the New Black, Bloodlines, Penny Dreadful, etc.) or at least dramas that get better ratings. I was really into this for the first two seasons.. then it goes away for 8-10 months and who cares any longer? All the momentum of it has fizzled. Some networks like AMC, TNT, and FX are catching on to this fact and splitting seasons into two parts so the hiatus isn't as long. This has helped that aspect for dramas. But the big 3 networks are too old to change their ways it seems. The sad reality is, no matter how good a drama is on network TV, if it's not one of those formulaic, every-episode-stands-alone shows (Law&Order, CSI, etc) it's destined to fail. If the show has a main story arc that is the primary focus of the show... it'll just die faster on commercial tv.
07/18/15 at 00:54am
This show had it coming since season ones poor ratings. Anybody who will miss this show should be grateful for the 2 extra seasons the show didn't deserve. Believe it or not showing very expensive makeup and prop murders isn't something most people want too watch. Yes they were amazing but the gore alone would turn most off. I liked it and was amazed with what they could get away with but the story and writing took a huge turn in season 2 and I disliked it so much I stopped watching and never saw the season finale. I jumped back onboard this season and I admit it was better but not enough too save it. High expenses with low ratings doesn't make it a hit television series. It may have a cult following but I doubt many.
07/17/15 at 04:26pm
Floyd Dehanne, I imagine you would taste very much like an aged diseased deer that is nothing more than an antlered cancer, perusing the woods for nourishment to extend its own life. I'm afraid no amount of marination could rescue the experience of having you for dinner. Old meat. That lives in the past. Even your horns suffer from age and the harsh weather... cracked beyond any usage as handles for tools. It's a mercy to bring such a deer down, to put it out of its misery, because what appears on the surface as insouciance, is, in reality, its rampant calcification. Does such a deer wisely flee the hunter when the sound of a boot snapping a twig is heard, or does the deer continue eating its roots and grubs, believing with a vulgar superstition it is king of the forest... even as the hunter is taking aim? I waltz circles around you and as they say, you protest too much about something you clearly hold a great prejudice. How ~are~ those roots and grubs? (click)
07/12/15 at 05:43pm
Best news I've ever heard. Taking a story that was already carried out to its completion as major motion pictures and novels that even included a prequel of its characters life to only then bring it to a low-budget restrictive television format (YEARS after) COMPLETELY CHANGE the main characters from a mature, meticulous killer and a strong FBI agent who survived an attack from the killer and reduce them both to a just another vampiric emo inspired brooding killer and a whiny, semi-psychotic cop out for revenge IS PATHETIC. THOMAS HARRIS is a far superior writer than "Bryan and his team of storytellers" which is why his books are still selling even today and Bryans' p.o.s. Show will wind up in a bargain bin at biglots by this time next year.
07/10/15 at 04:06pm
Great show season 1 it almost was cancelled then due too ratings. It was lucky too of gotten a 2nd season. I lost interest in season 2 i didn't even watch the finale. I've watched this season but their was no way for the ratings too go but down.
07/10/15 at 03:26pm
This was one of my favorites! But even I have to agree that the first couple of eps were not good and terribly slow! I was almost at the point of deleting it from my DVR, but decided to give it a little while longer. So no surprise to me that the ratings were low and its gone soon. RIP Hannibal (Mads is still one of my all time favorite actors!)
07/08/15 at 07:57am
Why?!!! Hannibal is the best NBC show! It's creative, smart and poetic. You rarely see such fluid art. Lovely, thought-provoking ART. NBC, why do you keep canceling your best shows! It makes me want to never invest my time on any future NBC shows! Hey Netflix, here is a great show for you to continue!
07/05/15 at 08:59pm
I agree, big mistake cancelling Hannibal, as each episode is shown this season, Hannibal gets better! Loving Gillian Anderson in her bigger role this year! And Laurence Fishburne kicking the hell outta Hannibal was awesome lol! Bad move NBC. Better wake up-hope Netflix or another network gets this superb show!
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