We all knew it deep down inside. Hannibal would not last on a major network. But then it did and we were all surprised the groundbreaking show lasted 3 seasons on one of the Big 4 – Hannibal isn’t usually a major network’s cup of tea. The show is an artistic masterpiece and storyteller’s dream (albeit a very vivid and violent one) – those shows usually fare better on cable.

Although the show has die-hard fans, NBC announced today that Hannibal will not be coming back for a fourth season. The show’s third season is currently airing. It’s no surprise, really. NBC moved Hannibal’s Season 3 to the Summer which put many fans on alert. These moves are never a good sign. Despite the loyal following, the viewer numbers for Season 3 have been low. Too low for a major network.

Showrunner and creator Bryan Fuller had nothing but kind words for NBC, “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. (Entertainment 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, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”

Luckily for Fuller fans (and Neil Gaiman fans), he is now working on Starz’ adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods which will definitely keep his genius hands full.

Rest In Peace Hannibal. Our collective nightmares will miss you.

via Deadline

Audrey Kearns