Not surprising, but still a total bummer. My favorite show currently on American network TV, raising the bar for plot, design, soundtrack, male wardrobe, etc. Actually the real surprise was, being as disturbing as it is, that it made it to network TV, at all, much less that it was so well done. Mads Mikkelsen was charmingly frightening as the titular villain, allowing one to all but forget Anthony Hopkins’ iconic “fava beans and a nice chianti” portrayal of the doctor. With the time afforded a series, it was able to flesh out one of the greatest characters in modern horror, showing Hannibal’s depth and complexity, the relationships with Hannibal and Will Graham and Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier being essential to that development. Not to mention, it’s my favorite Gillian Anderson performance. Here’s hoping Netflix sweeps in. Good god, what could they do WITHOUT network restrictions?
From writer/producer Bryan Fuller: “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.”
So it appears to be an amicable split, with co-producer, Martha De Laurentiis, suggesting that a move to another network may, in fact, be an option: “We believe that after they air, audiences’ hunger for the fourth chapter of this saga will be incredible, and are presently exploring other distribution options with our creative team and our partners at Gaumont Television.”
Oh yeah, meanwhile rabid fannibals are out for blood. http://www.buzzfeed.com/robstott/people-everywhere-are-rallying-to-savehannibal#.btleY92lg