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'Hannibal' To End After Its Current Season On NBC

NBC has announced that 'Hannibal' will end after its summer run.

Due to less than stellar ratings, the critically praised drama about a psychiatrist turned serial killer won't return for a fourth season.

It centers around Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who was introduced in Thomas Harris' 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. The series was set as a prequel to 'The Silence of the Lambs'.

"We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons," NBC says in a statement. "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. 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."

In a statement, executive producer Bryan Fuller thanked NBC for keeping the series on the air as long as it did and hinted he was hoping the dark subject matter would be picked up elsewhere.

"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," Fuller says.

"Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC's table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC."

June 23, 2015 |

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