NBC can­cels ‘ Hannibal’

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - Scott Collins

NBC has de­cided to serve its last help­ing of “Hannibal.” The net­work said Mon­day that it will can­cel the thriller about bril­liant se­rial killer Hannibal Lecter ( Mads Mikkelsen) af­ter the con­clu­sion of the third sea­son this sum­mer. Although never a rat­ings killer, “Hannibal” won ac­claim from crit­ics, es­pe­cially for the per­for­mances based on char­ac­ters cre­ated by Thomas Harris, who wrote the novel on which “The Si­lence of the Lambs” was based. But the TV show also drew crit­i­cism for its un­flinch­ing de­pic­tion of vi­o­lence and gore.

“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,” pro­ducer Bryan Fuller wrote in a state­ment, re­fer­ring to net­work cen­sors.

“Hannibal” nur­tured a small but hard- core fan base. The Sea­son 3 pre­miere ear­lier this month drew just 2.6 mil­lion to­tal view­ers, a no­table de­cline from the 4.4 mil­lion who 2013.—turned up for the se­ries pre­miere in

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