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NBC announced today that it has pulled the plug on its critical darling, but criminally low-rated, drama Hannibal after three seasons. The series will be allowed to air the final ten episodes of its current third season, but the network will not be bringing it back into the fold next season.
For the show’s fervent fans, this isn’t exactly surprising news, as the series has struggled to survive throughout each of its three seasons. But NBC, to its credit, has stuck with the series despite it never finding a large audience. Part of that loyalty is due to the series being a joint venture with foreign investors, which curtailed a large (but unknown) amount of the daily cost of the series. But the latest set of ratings was just too low to justify a fourth season on the network.
Considering the show’s pedigree and critical support, I would be shocked if the series didn’t draw interest from other television outlets and even find itself a new home on a Hulu or Netflix. That being said, Hannibal‘s creator Bryan Fuller isn’t particularly torn up by the news, saying in a statement: ”