Sorry fans of the fantastically dark cooking show, Hannibal. The canceled NBC series has been making its rounds to various networks to try to earn second dinner. Unfortunately, the two spots I would have loved to see it land pushed away from the table.
Both Amazon and Netflix have turned down approaches from Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller. While it’s upsetting, I do understand Netflix’s position. The company has a full content slate. Had this been asked a year ago, the answer probably would have been ‘hell yes, with a bottle of chianti.’
Fuller tweeted out the news yesterday afternoon in response to a fan asking for any news.
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) July 6, 2015
Maybe FX? It would work well on TNT also. The issue is Hannibal fans are used to seeing a certain format. While I would love to see it make the leap to premium cable, those networks would want something even darker.
The eART account had the best response to the news:
— eART/Film (@eARTFilm) July 6, 2015
If you’re not familiar with the show, I’m grabbing my bell and starting to yell shame at you. The series follows Hannibal Lecter, expertly played by Mads Mikkelsen. Critics rave, but it never found solid ground on the ratings front. Could it be NBC played ‘let’s screw with the timeslot’ on it?
Also, it’s NBC. What defines ratings success on the network? I know, a lot of salt to be passed around. It’s a shame when a great show ends too early. NBC did send it off with a thanks to the cast and crew:
“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,” the network said in a statement. “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.”
Luckily for fans, Fuller has approached each season as the last. Speaking to TheWrap, he explained his thought process on the show.
“The first season, if we had ended with Will Graham taking the fall for Hannibal’s crime, that would have been a really bold finale for the series. Same with the second season, if we had left with Hannibal Lecter walking out the door after leaving everyone for dead, that would have been a bold ending to the series. The Season 3 finale is no different.”
Come on. Are there any networks out there who wants a rabid fanbase? Pick it up. Hulu, I’m looking at you. FX, TBS, AMC, etc. Hell, I think TLC or Discovery has an open slot.