AceShowbiz - NBC has canceled "Hannibal" after three seasons. The network announced on Monday, June 22 that it would not order a fourth season of the critically-acclaimed psychological thriller and the currently airing season 3 would be its last.
"We have been tremendously proud of 'Hannibal' over its three seasons," NBC said in a statement announcing the cancellation. "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."
Series creator Bryan Fuller responded to the news as stating, "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. [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," he added, "but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC."
After news of the cancellation broke, Fuller took to Twitter to urge fans to show their support for the show by watching the third season. "WE HAVE 10 EPISODES OF #HANNIBAL TO WATCH ON NBC THURSDAYS. LET'S WATCH TOGETHER AND SHOW HOW STRONG THE #FANNIBAL COLLECTIVE CAN BE," he tweeted, before promoting #SaveHannibal. He also said that the show would still be heading to San Diego Comic-Con this July.
Executive producer Martha De Laurentiis, meanwhile, confirmed that they're shopping the show to other potential platforms as tweeting, "We are exploring all other options. :)"
Fuller additionally teased fans with his idea for a potential fourth season shoud it find a new home. "My idea for season 4 was perhaps one of the coolest yet. So I would love to do it in some capacity," he told TVLine, adding, "It would have explored the Hannibal-Will Graham relationship in a much deeper fashion than the series ever has before."
"Hannibal" season 3 airs Thursdays at 10 P.M. on NBC. It will wrap up in August.