NBC Monday canceled “Hannibal” to the dismay of hundreds of netizens. The show, which unraveled the relationship between psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI profiler William Graham (Hugh Dancy), will not have a fourth season -- as of now. Some Twitter users urged streaming networks like Hulu or Netflix to take over.
In an official statement, NBC praised the show and creator Bryan Fuller. “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 [the production company] and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made ‘Hannibal’ an incredible experience for audiences around the world.”
Fuller also issued a statement and thanked the network for picking up “Hannibal” in the first place. “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-and-practices enforcers,” Fuller said in a statement quoted by TV Line. “[NBC president] 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,” Fuller added, “but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”
But “goodbyes” and “thank yous” weren’t enough for devoted “Hannibal” fans. Instead, they hoped the show would live on -- on another network. Check out some of their posts below:
— The Lost Lola (@TheLostLola) June 22, 2015
— Steph Lecter (@StephLaLa123) June 22, 2015
#Hannibal has been Cancelled at NBC, but I, for one, am holding out hope for backroom deals & midnight escapes to Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu.
— Damien (@Wolven) June 22, 2015
— Jason Swearingen (@facetfiction) June 22, 2015
— Bill the Butcher (@NotBTB) June 22, 2015
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