NBC Renews ‘Hannibal’ for Season 2

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While it certainly hasn’t become a ratings juggernaut in its Thursday 10pm timeslot, NBC’s Hannibal has received its fair share of recognition and critical praise for its enthralling story, multidimensional characters and unique visual style. However, the show’s numbers have continued to decline as season 1 has progressed, putting the network into a predicament regarding the show’s renewal.

The morbidly dark and fairly graphic nature of the show seemed to suggest that it might not have belonged on network television in the first place and two weeks ago other networks announced their interest in picking up Hannibal as NBC continued to waver. However, this week NBC proved its commitment to the Bryan Fuller drama by renewing it for season 2.

According to Deadline, NBC has ordered a 13-episode second season of the darkly delicious show for a return next midseason or later. Even though the ratings have tapered off a bit, the network is confident that the show can grow in season 2.

Said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke:

“We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling. There are many great stories still to be told.”

Fuller is definitely breathing a sigh of relief after hearing this news. Not only has he already planned a seven-season arc for Hannibal, but he’s also already had to mourn the premature passing of his series Pushing Daisies – which only lasted two seasons on ABC, despite favorable reviews.

Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal Aperitif NBC Renews Hannibal for Season 2

Of course, the fans who are tuning in each week will be thrilled to see the series continue as well. Admittedly, Hannibal isn’t for everyone. Its dark, psychological core, complex character relationships and graphic nightmarish recreations of grisly murder scenes will be offputting to many viewers. However, its clever writing, dramatic twists and the genuinely chilling (yet alluring) performance by Mads Mikkelsen in the title role will have some viewers wanting to consume more.

Although the show’s content and its late timeslot have turned off some potential viewers, its availability on streaming services such as Hulu and Amazon have undoubtedly helped it connect with a slightly wider audience. For Hannibal fans, let’s just hope the ratings improve and the show doesn’t join Pushing Daisies in the television series grave after two seasons.


You can check out Hannibal every Thursday @10pm on NBC.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I wish I could remember that it comes on Thursdays.

  2. yesss the cast is amazing love the different types of serial killers on the show cant wait for season 2

  3. I’m so relieved it got picked up for another season

  4. Luv this show/ too many weak-willies if they cant handle it.

  5. Wouldn’t have cared it it got cancel. I actually would prefer it if it was on Netflix or Amazon.

  6. NBC is going to cancel this. It’s their nature. This should have been on their sister, USA Network. What’s the last hit that NBC has had? It would be ER. That’s going on 6 years ago. Revolution is the only other show that might be worth watching. But I watch it and Hannibal online, which is what most other people I know who watch either of these shows are doing. Why invest the time in watching a network when they kill every show that might be interesting to watch. I will subscribe to Amazon or Netflix if either pick it up. Because I can then watch it over time, and that helps since this show is so graphic and intimately psychological that it takes hold of my mind.

  7. As surprised as many that NBC did renew it. Nothing to do with the quality of the show as I consider it quite masterfully done psychologically, but the viewing figures have been very low. I suspect a change of approach in time slot and marketing for season two. If it fails still, then they’ll cancel.

    Two reasons for renewing I believe. The fact that it is an international co-production and therefore costing NBC less than it normally would, and the fact I suspect a lot of networks were sniffing around it. They know the potential of the show. Do NBC know now also?

    Anyways, it was a curious wait. From nervous to ‘I hope they drop it and someone more appropriate snaps it up’. We’ll see. Fuller says he has a 7 season arc in mind. I think one way or another, we’ll get all 7 seasons.

  8. Not sure how well a second season is going to be, but I’m not complaining.
    The show gets more twisted by the episode. I love it!

  9. I think Millelson is amazing in this and I am glad it got picked up for a 2nd season. For some reason I didn’t start watching this until I had 7 saved on the DVR (skeptical because of the subject matter being in NBC) but I ran through them all in one day and now can’t wait to see the new one every week.

    • Just for future reference: MIKKELSEN. His name actually appears in the heading above the article.

  10. I hate their version of Will. The show is ok, and I continue to watch but if it got cancelled I wouldn’t be upset.

  11. Good call NBC. I love this show. I think the show suffers from the timeslot and being on a Thursday. I think Wedsnesday might be a good day but move it up an hour. Then again it could stay at the current time and come on right after AHS. Hmmmm….they could also take over Fridays old Grimm spot too.

  12. Awesome! I caught the episode last night, it was very spooky.

    The only thing I’m worried about right now is that NBC may tell Fuller to tone it down a bit.

  13. I’m over the moon; this is the only show on the network that I watch. I was more than a little bit anxious in waiting for a renewal decision, but thankfully I can now breath a sigh of relief.

    I think the ratings are actually good, considering the brand, and the fact that NBC put it on a notoriously tough time slot, after two hours of comedy shows. I think putting it on after Grimm on Tuesdays is a better fit.

    Bryan Fuller must be doing his happy dance. Good for him. I have always respected him as an artist and human being. A long-running show from him is long overdue.

  14. It indeed would do much better in a different time slot. Then again if it’s on too early they’d get all kind of complaints that it was inappropriate for prime time.

  15. Agreed that it definitely needs to change networks.

    And the perfect network? Showtime.

    Make it slightly more violent and add some more gore. It would thrive perfectly there, with less restrictions, more budget, and a well established audience in that type of series.

    As a runner up for Dexter, it would attract so much more of an audience. Of course, I am not sure what NBC has plans for it.

    • I don’t think this show needs to be anymore violent or disturbing than it already is.

    • A smaller budget serve shows better because it encourages art and creativity. The imagery is perfect as is, and conveys horror and emotions very well. An emphasis on blood and guts would cheapen it. This isn’t the Saw franchise. The emphasis is on the story and characters, in keeping with the spirit of the better rated film adaptations.

  16. Really love the show and glad it got renewed. If nbc does try to change it up since it is pretty messed up I will be pissed. I do agree it needs a network where they can be as sick as possible if they wanted to.

  17. They should put Grimm back on Fraiday night

  18. Well look at NBC…
    1. They cancel 90% of their terrible shows.
    2. They actually renew good/great shows like Parks & Recreation and Community.
    3. They renew the best show on their network with Hannibal.
    Seems to me that they’ve fInally made some smart decisions for once.

  19. I hope it doesn’t get cancelled after season 2 cause I hate when US networks do that.

    Episode 1 was a little dull but it picked up after that thankfully and I really enjoy it now. We just had the episode with the kids killing their families and Molly Shannon as the guest star so I’m looking forward to the rest of season 1 safe in the knowledge it’s definitely coming back.

  20. Thank god. Suprised a smart show survived the on network television

  21. Glad to hear it. The only show on NBC worth watching in my opinion.

  22. Good. Now I can get to watching it. I put it off although heard from many people it’s great, waited for a renewal before giving it a chance. As any NBC shows I find half decent in the past gets canned and I’m left disappointing by them.

  23. Surprised and delighted.

  24. Yes! -fistpump-

  25. I hope sometime down the road, if the show lasts the whole seven year-arc Bryan has planned, that he will bring in Michael Mann, Jonathan Demme, Ridley Scott, Brett Ratner, and Peter Webber (the directors of the five Lecter films) to direct at least one episode each. Hell, bring in Ted Tally to write a script.

  26. “Hannibal” is brilliant television, creative, well acted and spectacularly well written. But it is too much show for network TV, by a mile. Deep, thought provoking shows like this tend to only do well on cable or online, because those formats tend to service people who seek out what is unusual. Let’s hope that NBC does not shoot this great show in the foot by changing it up too much. Will is the picture of shattered psyche and potential menace, and Mads Mikkelsen is my favorite incarnation of Lecter–I always found Sir Anthony a bit of a ham, and not particularly physically threatening, so taking him seriously as a killer was always difficult. But now they’ve got it right; and I hope the series may eventually lead to a renewed Feature film franchise.

  27. I love love love this show keep it coming I cant wait for season two im sad Its not here yet hurry and brig it along..

  28. This is an awesome show, which I fully expect to be cancelled well before its seven-year intended arc. It is also a show which never should have fond a slot on network TV–Hannibal should have been a cable show from the get-go. Too many nervous mommies willing to write letters on network TV! Let’s hope it is picked up by Showtime or HBO or even Encore–it is too smart, and too beautiful a show for NBC.

  29. As if the first season wasn’t disturbing enough….wow….second season (rolls eyes, whistles, shakes head). So much so, not sure I can continue watching, yet I’m not sure I can help myself FROM watching. Sheesh