Hannibal fans you might want to sit down and pour yourselves a nice Chianti for this bit of news. It has been reported that the acclaimed drama has been canceled by NBC.
In a statement, showrunner Bryan Fuller expressed his gratitude to the network for allowing him so much creative freedom, and more than a few second chances:
“NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared,” Fuller said.
“[They] 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.
“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.”
The remaining episodes of the television show’s third season will continue to air Thursday nights at the same time.
Devoted fans remain hopeful that a different network or streaming service will pick up the cultishly beloved series, just like how Hulu picked up The Mindy Project after it was canceled by Fox last month.
As luck would have it, if the worst-case scenario comes to pass, and this is actually the last meal for televisions favorite cannibal, Fuller promises fans that he was prepared for the possibility, and the final installment of season 3 finale also functions as a suitable series finale.