‘Hannibal’ cancelled by NBC after three seasons, producers launch #SaveHannibal campaign

Acclaimed horror series starring Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen will conclude in September

NBC has cancelled Hannibal after three seasons.

Season Three of the acclaimed horror series started on NBC in June and is now airing on Sky Living in the UK. The show, based upon Thomas Harris’s 1981 novel Red Dragon, focuses on the budding relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy) and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). After appearing in the first two seasons in a recurring role as Lecter’s psychotherapist and love interest, Dr. Bedelia duMaurier, Gillian Anderson has become a series regular during Season Three.

NBC announced last night (June 22) that it has decided not to order a fourth season of the show, which has earned positive reviews but failed to build a sizeable mass audience since it launched in 2013. The show’s creator Bryan Fuller said in a statement: “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 Cancelation 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,” Fuller added, hinting that the show could return on a different network. “And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.” Fuller and several of the show’s producers have since launched a #SaveHannibal Twitter campaign and Variety reports that they are “actively shopping” the show to various US cable channels and online streaming services.

Hannibal will conclude on NBC with the 13th and final episode of Season Three, set to air on NBC and Sky Living in September. Richard Armitage has a recurring role in Season Three as Francis Dolarhyde aka The Tooth Fairy, while Star Trek‘s Zachary Quint appeared in a guest role in the season premiere.