Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hannibal Cancelled

Photos from Official web site


Television executives in their continued disconnect with the fans they lead away from their own shows has cancelled Hannibal.  The prequel series based on the works of Thomas Harris and the character of Hannibal Lecter that spawned several films will end this summer. Hannibal joins Constantine in the horror themed shows that get dropped, even though the fan-base is there and usually ratings are to blame for the cancellation.

Here's a thought, if you change the night a show airs without really warning the fans, the ratings will drop. When Constantine was in trouble, it was watched over closely and held steady through its first season.  When it looked like it was safe, the network changed the night it aired.  Hannibal used to air on Friday nights, when it began to air its 3rd season, it just switched to Thursdays.

Viewers that did discover this found out when their DVR's started recording some random show Thursday night. The only other way they were warned was if you were watching something else on NBC, they advertised it during commercial time of a show people may have been watching. (Insert sarcasm)Because so many people sit through commercials and have regularly scheduled programs to watch in the summer.

Supposedly the show will have a chance to be picked up on another network but that's talk that has been around before. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news and already said series creator has already moved on to another project. NBC also released a statement about the cancellation:
“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. We thank [producers] Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made Hannibal an incredible experience for audiences around the world.”-NBC

Oh well, so much for shows about dark beginnings.

NBC's 'Hannibal' Canceled After Three Seasons | The Hollywood Reporter