Fannibals dragged their heels and signed countless petitions, but the Season 3 finale of "Hannibal" came and went Saturday with seemingly no real chance that another distributor would pick up the canceled NBC series for a fourth season. So, what do the show's viewers do now? Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will ( Hugh Dancy) may have thrown themselves off of that cliff, but the rest of us need to find a new show to watch. Here are five suggestions, tailor-made for "Hannibal" fans:
1. "The Knick"
If "Hannibal" has been known for one thing over its three season run it has been the show's trademark graphic violence. Creator Bryan Fuller and the "Hannibal" team turned disturbing gore and cannibalism into beautifully choreographed, vibrantly colored art time and time again as the series developed a reputation as one of the best shot shows on television. Fans looking for more stylized blood and gore could tune in to "The Knick" on Cinemax. The premium cable show transforms turn-of-the-century medical procedures into intense, difficult-to-watch theater and, airing on Cinemax, the show has no limits on it what it can show -- things can get a little disturbing. Plus, Clive Owen's Dr. Thackery is a mix of brilliance and destructiveness in which Hannibal Lecter might find a kindred spirit.
Watch the trailer for Season 2 of "The Knick," which premieres on Oct. 16, below:
Perhaps, though, it is not the stylized violence of "Hannibal" that enticed viewers, but the show's slow-burn pacing and psychological complexity. In that case, fans might want to check out the Netflix series "Bloodline." "Bloodline" can go toe to toe with "Hannibal" in the cinematography department, though the Florida Keys are admittedly a much easier scene to make beautiful than dark dining room tables covered in body parts, but the real draw here is the characters. "Bloodline" tells the story of a black sheep brother, played by Emmy-nominee Ben Mendelsohn, who returns home to his family, sparking tensions with his brother, played by Emmy-winner Kyle Chandler. The show's deliberately slow pacing and subtle character work make every otherwise innocuous line feel like a major plot twist, a technique "Hannibal" also perfected. Dr. Lecter would have had a blast playing psychiatrist to the Rayburns.
Watch the trailer for "Bloodline," available for streaming on Netflix, below:
3. "Masters Of Sex"
The endlessly complicated, often homoerotic relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham was one of the most unique aspects of "Hannibal." For another inappropriate mentor/mentee relationship, check out "Masters of Sex" on Showtime. For researcher Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and assistant Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), the eroticism is not implied, but very literal. The show centers around the pair's pioneering efforts in exploring human sexuality. Things get interesting when the couple start experimenting with the sexuality between them as well. It is all in the name of science, right?
Watch the trailer for "Masters of Sex" Season 3, currently airing on Sundays on Showtime, below:
4. "Halt and Catch Fire"
AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire" might have less of a direct stylistic or narrative connection to "Hannibal" than the first three shows, but there are still a lot of common elements here worth exploring. For one, the show stars Bryan Fuller-vet Lee Pace ("Pushing Daisies") as the egotistical, would-be tech visionary Joe MacMillan. Plus, the show aims for a level of cinematic quality with its cinematography that the folks of "Hannibal" would have to respect. "Halt and Catch Fire" also deals heavily in darkly-lit set-ups and moody, stark colors. It also happens to be one of the best shows on television that people are not watching, currently waiting on word from AMC on if it will get a show at a third season. That, if nothing else, is a struggle Hannibal fans should understand.
Watch a scene from "Halt and Catch Fire" Season 2 below. Season 1 is currently available on Netflix.
5. "American Gods"
This is a little bit of a bonus one, admittedly. Fannibals will likely follow creator Bryan Fuller wherever he goes, including to Showtime for his upcoming series, "American Gods." The show is an adaption of a novel from acclaimed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman and tells the story of a world in which omniscient mythological Gods live alongside humans. The main character, Shadow, meets one such God sitting next to him on a plane, resulting in him being thrust into the middle of a war between two factions of Gods. The show is expected to air in late 2016.