NBC Cancels “Hannibal,” Fans Threaten to Eat Them
Fans of morbidly beautiful television (hopefully not fans of actual cannibalism) are sad, angry and appealing to the Netflix gods after news that NBC cancelled “Hannibal.”
Bryan Fuller’s acclaimed thriller about Silence of the Lambs‘ Hannibal Lecter will be wrapping up on primetime after its current third season, ending in late August.
“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,” Fuller said in a statement. “[NBC president] Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure.”
However, Fuller hinted that we may not have seen the last of the charismatic, man-eating psycho killer, saying “Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again.”
While “Hannibal” has an incredibly devout following, its ratings have been going down for a while now, reaching a series-low 1.7 million viewers on June 11.
The Hannibal fandom (“Fannibals,” if you will) is of course threatening to eat people right and left, causing Hannibal to trend at #2 worldwide on Twitter this afternoon.