The entire 13 episodes of the third season will air in the usual timeslot. The series will conclude on September 3
NBC is pulling the plugs on Hannibal.
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The network has decided to wrap up the critically acclaimed psycho thriller series after three seasons. The announcement was made on Monday.
“We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons. Bryan (Fuller) 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 (production company) and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made Hannibal an incredible experience for audiences around the world.” NBC announced in a statement.
The third and final season is currently underway at NBC. The rest of tje episodes will go air in the usual 10 p.m. Thursday night slot and conclude on September 3.
The showrunner Bryan Fuller said. “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 Standard & Practices enforces. 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.”
Fuller referred to the Cancellation Bear in his statement, whose scale rating is used to determine a show’s chances of surviving and picking up for next season in the recent few years.
Based on the characters of Thomas Harris’ novel “Red Dragon” and its sequels, the first season of the show started on April 4, 2013, followed by two more seasons in subsequent years with each having 13 episodes. Fuller was planning for a fourth season, based on the sequel, The Silence of the Lambs” whose rights are said to be unavailable despite Fuller’ so much effort to acquire it.
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According to Variety, the third season which kicked off on June 4 with 2.57 million viewers hit a series low following week when only 1.66 million viewers watched the show. The series featured Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas and Gillian Anderson in the lead roles.