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Hannibal cancelled by NBC after three seasons


Story by Jack Foley

HANNIBAL has been cancelled by NBC.

The Silence of the Lambs prequel featuring the early exploits of Hannibal Lecter will come to a finish after its third season.

Currently in its third season, which airs in the UK on Sky Living, the drama will finish up its entire 13-episode run with the finale serving as the series ender.

Created by Bryan Fuller, Hannibal debuted to impressive reviews in the spring of 2013 and starred Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter as well as Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas and Gillian Anderson.

A statement released by NBC read: “We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons. 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.”

Fuller added: “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.

“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.”